Arizona basketball likely won’t play Gonzaga in 2021-22 due to hiring of Tommy Lloyd
In his introductory press conference, the new Arizona head coach Tommy lloyd stifled whenever he spoke of Gonzaga and his relationship with Mark little. The two worked together for over 20 years, making the Bulldog program a national powerhouse.
Having to train against each other in their first year apart would be emotional, so Lloyd said the Arizona-Gonzaga game scheduled for 2021-2022 in Spokane would likely be postponed “a few years later”.
âI think a few coaches and I both thought, ‘You know, maybe this first year it’s probably better for both programs to grow. [the rivalry] take a step back just to give us some space, ” Lloyd spoke to Patch.com’s Christopher Boan.
The game was originally scheduled for 2020-2021, but has been postponed for a year due to COVID-19. It’s the return leg of a home series. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 84-80 at McKale in 2019-20.
Lloyd has been busy recruiting, supplementing his coaching staff and adjusting to Tucson, so he said he actually hasn’t had much time to catch up with Few since he was hired by Arizona on April 14.
They will eventually do it.
âWell, we have a great relationship. I mean, we worked together for 22 years, âLloyd told Boan. âOur wives are best friends, our children are more like cousins ââthan friends. So obviously we are close. And we will hit the base a few times. But at this time of year in college basketball you usually don’t talk a lot with other schools because everyone is very busy.
âI mean, everyone has spots to fill or potential transfers on their own roster. Or plan it all. So I think once things are sorted out over the next few weeks, we’ll definitely be in touch more often. “