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Former Topper Mee to coach Bandits squad at Diddle Arena
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Bowling Green Bandits were formally introduced Friday, outlining details for
the semi-pro basketball franchise that will begin play in the American
Basketball Association in November.
The Bandits have secured E.A. Diddle Arena as their home venue, with 15 home dates – mostly on Sundays – beginning Nov. 9 against the Memphis Lions and running through March 8.
With the ties to Western Kentucky as its home venue, the Bandits will have a bit of Hilltopper flavor behind the scenes and on the sidelines.
Former WKU great Jim McDaniels will serve as a representative partner, while Darnell Mee – who played at WKU from 1990-93 – will be the head coach.
“It’s different to be on the other side of the line,” Mee said.
“You have to make things happen a different way on the coaching side. It will be exciting, but will be a different kind of exciting.”
Mee said having home games in Diddle Arena was a selling point when he was offered the job.
“It’s great, knowing I have so many great memories in Diddle,” Mee said. “Being able to coach there is a great thing.”
Mee will be assisted by Kenney Britt, who played for Warren East in the mid-1970s.
Tryouts for the Bandits will take place Sept. 21.
And while CEO Matt Morris and president and COO Bryan Loder promised fast-pace excitement for basketball fans, they also emphasized the importance of community involvement.
The Bandits have already donated backpacks through community outreach programs.
The franchise has also hosted a blood drive with the American Red Cross and plans to do more things like that in the future, hoping it can create a fan base and excitement for the franchise.
Ticket prices will range from $5-15 dollars, with season tickets available at around $150
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ABASPBL ANNOUNCES DRAFT FOR SUMMER LEAGUE
Your Bowling Green Bandits are finalizing the schedule in the next couple weeks. We can tell you that we do have a few games already set.