New Orleans Basketball Weathering Through Another Storm

By Jovan Alford

If you have been following the news this week, another hurricane has hit the gulf coast, affecting colleges and universities across the area including the University of New Orleans.

The whole campus of UNO was affected including the athletics facilities, which were severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

Lakefront Arena which is the home to New Orleans basketball was closed for three years due to the damage that Hurricane Katrina caused. As Isaac roared through the area, the athletic facilities were not severely damaged, which the people at the university are thankful about.

Men’s basketball coach Mike Slessinger told Yahoo! Sports, “We were really blessed we didn’t have any major problems.” This is great news for a basketball program that was forced to leave Division I a few years ago because of the $5 million debt caused by Hurricane Katrina.

With the change in the higher powers of the university, they decided to return to Division I. The Privateers will be apart of the Southland Conference starting in the 2013-14 season.

Students on campus were moved to Millsap College in Jackson, Mississippi during the hurricane and coach Slessinger thinks that this team will become stronger not only on the court, but off.

He said “I’m anxious for them to get back to campus as soon as they can and I’m anxious to be able to help some people who need it. I’m trying to use it as a teaching point so we can get something out of it on both sides.”

This is a feel good story in college basketball and this just shows how a whole community can bond together in the time of need.


Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball,  a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball and the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.

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