Final Four 2018: The stories humble Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser doesn’t want told

SAN ANTONIO — The eight of them gathered in Porter Moser’s spacious suite at the Westin on Wednesday night. Among this motley crew of coaches were middle-aged men you might have never heard of: John Gallagher from Hartford, Mike Martin from Brown, Chris Harriman from New Mexico, Dave Pauley from the University of Sciences in Philly. 

A clan of coaching eccentrics from around the country, none of whom has found the kind of mainstream success that college basketball and the month of March sometimes afford for the more fortunate but not always the more deserving. Until two weeks ago, Moser was like them.

In most ways, he still is. 

“He’s in the Final Four, his pictures are on the wall here … and a year ago he’s trying to win in the (Missouri Valley Conference),” Gallagher said. “Is this actually happening?”

The buddies traded old stories as they swigged beers and munched on wings and calamari. At some point, time had come for a toast. With Moser’s Loyola-Chicago team in the midst of an all timer of an NCAA Tournament run, glasses were due to be raised. Moser

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