"He approached us, through our staff, and then became what you'd call a recruited, preferred walk-on, I guess," Herrion said. "He hasn't missed anything, both summers, every workout. I was thrilled we could do that for him."
And now, at least for a semester, school costs are on the MU house. He didn't fully get that when Herrion made the announcement.
"We had to get books today, start of class. It was nice not having to pay for them," Loop said. "You buy them at the [campus] bookstore, it's at least $150 a book, almost, up to $200. It's nice to not be looking on the Internet, trying to find them cheap, buy them used."
The agony of defeat lingers longer when a recent opponent is named the conference player of the week, and so it was with Texas-El Paso's John Bohannon.
The 6-foot-11 Bohannon also played in a loss to Charlotte, but dined on the smaller Thundering Herd for 18 points, 14 rebounds and a game-high seven assists. In fact, his assist number equaled that of the entire MU team.
"UTEP became, because of [betting-related] dismissals, one of the biggest teams in the country," Herrion said. "That was a bad match for us and we struggled to score against them because of their size."
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