Re: Ideas to Expand/Improve BC Sports
posted at 3/12/2012 6:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Ideas to Expand/Improve BC Sports
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ideas to Expand/Improve BC Sports : good read! he even has a brother at BC! I get it though, to compete with the massive programs like syracuse, Uconn, G'town... bringing Noel in may take more than just a scholarship offer. Some recruits are game changers and even program changers. Sad to not even see BC in the mix for this local kid? He obviously doesn't mind crappy weather (See Syracuse and uconn) so why isn't BC in the mix for this kid? They play in a solid conference (especially when Cuse joins the ACC) so how can't they sell a visit to this kid? I know large schools take care of prixed recruits families and AAU coaches or whatever is important to the kid. Hypothetical question, wouldn't it be worth it for Donahue to give an asst coach job to his AAU coach or have BC hire his mom for a no-show (similar to most Gov't jobs) job to get this kid? Even from a numbers standpoint (Conte would be packed, increasing revenue), this kid would bring in other better recruits who want to play with him which would make BC relevant. This is the gray area that big time programs play in (Kansas does this, UNC does this, Duke, Uconn, etc...).
Posted by Donnnn[/QUOTE]
Donnnn, you raise a very good issue here regarding CBB recruiting. I do believe that a lot of CBB recruiting is - as you say - in the "grey" area for a lot of schools. Interestingly, despite some recent high profile cases in CFB - today's UNC news being a case in point - this seems to be much less interwoven into the fabric of CFB recruiting. IMO, the reason for this is the sheer volume of scholarships for CFB and the processes needed to land a class of anywhere from 15-25 players each year.
As you point out, CBB is different. One or two players can be "game changers" and when your focus is on just a few guys each year, this is where, IMO, this stuff you refer to comes into play.
I just don't see BC going down this path, which, I agree will hurt them competitively. Doesn't mean that they won't enjoy successful teams in any given year, but they will be less likely to get to the level of sustained, elite success like the schools you mentioned.
As I said, FB is a different story.
FWIW, this one of the reasons I am growing disinterested in CBB. IMO, what we are starting to see is that the CBB programs are becoming nothing more than a 1-2 year "readiness league" for the NBA. With the best players only playing a year or two for college teams, I think this will have a longer-term negative impact on CBB and will hurt the game in the long run. (I also think that players who know they are only going to be around for 1-2 years and never graduate are far less likely to focus on academics which also hurts these programs, as we have seen.)
BTW, for what its worth, I am really encouraged by the turn this thread has taken. I really enjoy the back and forth of ideas and opinions as opposed to what we were all doing before!