Blue Man wrote:Leave it to this board to somehow find a way to see the negative in everything - even if it doesn't exist.
You are huffing glue while hanging from the ceiling if you can see anything bad here.
We have a game next year and the year following against a near lock top 20 team. Not only that, it's a game included in the season ticket package so no one has to go out and buy the tickets. It is 40 minutes from campus so you know there will be a phenomenal Rhody crowd, as it always is at Mohegan. It's also at a fantastic place to visit and stay.
I really struggle daily to understand the complaints and opinions about this program that aren't based in reality.
Sorry, just because we went to one tournament and won a game in 20 years doesn't mean we are now a superior program to a team that has been to like 4x as many tournaments - 10 since 98, 6 sweet 16s, 3 elite 8s, and a final four - while we won 1 game in that same span. Not to say we aren't doing great for our own historical comparison, but good God y'all need perspective.
Like one day you people are saying we suck if we lose to a top 25 team on the road, and need to be blowing people out by more (both wrong assumptions). Then you start huffing and puffing like we're a blue blood school and conveniently forget anything that happened from 2000-2016 and live in this fantasy world where we're the best program ever and other schools should feel privileged to play us.
These are also the same people that laugh at PC fans who think they're on the same level as UCONN.
We are a program that is being built. We are well on our way to being a known commodity as a basketball program, but we aren't even CLOSE to being there yet. Dan would say the same thing. We need to invest in the program so that we get Dan to stay here, and need a sweet 16 appearance this year, plus at LEAST 2 more tournament births and wins after this before you start to get a "powerhouse" reputation. You can't just make 2 tourney births and count yourself as "arrived" - you need to sustain that for more than one major recruiting class.
For now, can we just be pumped we have a MAJOR OOC opportunity on the schedule for the next 2 years?
Great post, well said. I've said the same thing and get accused of "moving the goalposts" for URI. (You critics know who you are.) The fact is the program has not "arrived"...is not on the same level of Gonzaga, Butler, etc...has not sustained long-term success. You gotta crawl before you walk...and walk before you run. URI is in the walking stage right now. Some more non-conference top-25 wins, more NCAA births, consistent A10 regular season titles, some NCAA wins and then URI is off and running.