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REVIEW-JOURNAL: Sober Bayno ready to clean up Loyola Marymount's act

Bill Bayno
Bill Bayno

April 10, 2008

Story Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal
Column by Ed Graney
Published April 10, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Bayno stood behind a podium Wednesday afternoon, gazing at hundreds who hope he will awaken a once formidable college basketball program gone terribly astray, and he could not have appeared more at home, more at peace with the demons he exorcised and the future he envisions.

He is 45 and has accepted a challenge the stature of Everest and yet small compared to the obstacles he faced along the journey that delivered him to a small, Jesuit university with breathtaking views.

The former UNLV coach was introduced as the latest to lead the program at Loyola Marymount, which last saw the NCAA Tournament in an Elite Eight loss to the Rebels in 1990 and has one winning season since 1996-97. The Lions haven't been a nonfactor in the West Coast Conference forever. It just seems that way.

"I'm excited," said Bayno, who signed a five-year deal reportedly worth just over $2 million. "I think we can get really, really good players here. Vegas changed my life. Being there sped up the fact I had to confront my issues."

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