Bjork declines comment on men’s basketball program, will review season with McDonald

Head Coach Ken McDonald watches as WKU takes some of their last free throws of the game. WKU was eliminated from the Sun Belt tournament with an 81-62 loss to North Texas on Monday.

Jonathan Lintner

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Athletics Director Ross Bjork declined comment on the end of the WKU men’s basketball season through a spokesperson after the Toppers’ 81-62 loss to North Texas on Monday night.

Todd Stewart, senior associate athletic director, told reporters after the game that Bjork was choosing to instead focus on the WKU women’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game, which tips at 1 p.m. CT Tuesday.

Stewart said Bjork will meet with McDonald as soon as this week for an “in-depth review,” as Bjork does with every coach after the season.

“Any comments that (Ross) would make about the season would be most appropriate to take place after that review,” Stewart said.

WKU went 16-16 — the worst record in McDonald’s three years as coach.

After Monday’s game, McDonald again addressed pressure around his job. He said general “improvement” is most important this offseason.

“There’s no question I’m a better coach today than I was three years ago when I was hired,” McDonald said. “You learn from your mistakes, too. You learn from your mistakes in how you coach, you learn from your mistakes on the recruiting trail, you learn from your mistakes in game management — all those things are things that you grow up, unfortunately, on the job as a head coach.

“It’s all about improvement. It’s all about how we can get better from this point forward to make sure we’re not at 16-16 again.”