New Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton recognizes the need to create a "new environment" for the Tigers' program.
On Wednesday at the Big 12 Conference's women's basketball media day in Kansas City, Pingeton, who took over as head coach of the team from Cindy Stein in April, said there is a need to cultivate a "deep-rooted relationship" with her team and among her players.
"Cultivating a family environment is important to me and that's the environment we'll try to create," Pingeton said in a video posted at big12sports.com.
After a 12-18 season in 2009, she said it won't be easy for the Tigers to improve in the Big 12.
"It's a lot tougher trying to build in a program that's already got so many great coaches and great players," she said, "but that's part of the fun of the challenge I would say as well."
NO LOVE FOR KC: Nebraska coach Connie Yori says she loves Kansas City, but only up to a point.
"We had two losses last season and both were in Kansas City," Yori said Wednesday at Big 12 media day.
The Cornhuskers, who finished 32-2, lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 tournament and were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by Kentucky in the Kansas City Regional.
"I maybe have realized we've got to quit feeding our players barbecue because they must be allergic to it," Yori said. "I'm personally a big brisket fan, but it seems that our team is not."
TWEET FREAK: Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly likes Twitter, a lot.
He's sent out more than 2,100 "tweets" since he started, and he has almost 2,300 "followers."
"It is just something I fell into," he said. "I really don't know why I started doing it. I enjoy it. I think our fans like to be engaged. It has probably gotten me in trouble a few times by some of the comments I have made. None of them are malicious, but it is who I am and I like to be engaged with people on a daily basis. It is fun. My wife hates it. She thinks it is stupid."