TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Countdown to Tipoff: 4 Days
With the season just four days from starting, JU head coach Cliff Warren faced the media at the annual media day at the Mudville Grille.

Warren discussed his thoughts on the upcoming season, the progress the program has made and Saturday’s season opener against Florida State at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (tipoff is set for 7 p.m.).

Here’s some of Warren’s quotes from Media Day:

On playing Florida State at home: “I’m excited and I know that our student-athletes are excited about it. We have several of our players from out of town who have family coming in for this game.

“We’ve played well at home over the past few years, so it’s exciting to play a team of the caliber of FSU on our home court. We want the Jacksonville community to come out and support their team.”

On the progress of the program: “When I took the job three years ago, my goal was for us to get better each day. I think we’ve done that, but we haven’t won anything yet.

“Ultimately, our goal is to win a conference championship and make the NCAA Tournament. We came close last year, which has built a high level of expectation around our program this year.

“The important thing for our players to realize is that we have to keep working hard and getting better each day. If they do that, everything else will take care of itself.”

On the non-conference schedule: “This year’s schedule provides much more balance this year as we face the BCS schools over the course of two months as opposed to last year, when we played on the road the entire month of December.

“Our goal with the non-conference schedule is to face a high level of competition that gets us ready for conference play. In the first six games, we play five teams that went to the postseason a year ago. That makes for a tough start, but one that we can learn from us a team because they’ve been to where we want to go.”

On the Atlantic Sun Conference: “This league is going to be well-balanced again this year. Some of the teams that were down last year have gotten better, but the teams to beat are the same as they are every year – ETSU and Belmont.”