Northwestern faces its own challenges, and theyve had a great coach there who couldn't get them over the hump...I've been to Northwestern (a month ago actually) and I would hesitate to call their campus anything resembling "urban"...and their facilities are severely lacking...Northwestern is a school whose challenges are also a lack of commitment, but also some restrictions on the type of kids they can recruit academically
my "sources" within the VT staff are not what they used to be as I have not worked with the program in over 3 years. The last of the players I knew when I was there have now graduated or transferred. I have worked with Coach Johnson at my new job for some scouting reports, so I do get to talk with some of them, but usually about work that needs to get done on my end. So my knowledge of recruits or coaching vacancies would be minimal. I only know about the nature of the beast in college basketball in general. I could talk at length about the challenges mid-majors face though haha
At some point, you simply must start performing, and even considering all of the challenges, making the bubble a bunch of times doesn't cut it when you're only dancing once a decade.
I agree that there needs to be a bigger financial commitment to the Basketball program, but think that Weaver needs to figure out a different place for that money to come from in the short term. Show the fans that an increase in financial support will work and they'll pay. But with the economy the way it is and money being as tight as it is, you're going to have to deliver more than this program has over the last 10 years for "just give us more money and we'll start making the Dance, I promise!" to work.
There's a difference between a "fact" and an "opinion that you agree with."
I think everyone agrees there needs to be a bigger commitment to the program...the only problem left is where that money comes from...fans won't come without results, results won't come without money, money won't come without fans...someone has to give or it will continue to spiral until it reaches a breaking point and the program is less desirable than it currently is...someone, whether that's Weaver or alumni/fans, needs to step up and break the cycle...if you don't wanna give to the program, cool, start a letter writing campaign to the athletic department demanding more support...if you buy season tickets and cant go, make sure *someone* gets those tickets and gets in that seat (and part of that responsibility falls on the athletic department too)
Greenberg has work to do on his part as well as I'm sure he is well aware...his backcourt needs help, he needs to fill positions with the right people, he needs to continue to develop the young talent and get more of a flow to the offense...everyone involved has some blame in where we are, and everyone involved can play a part in changing the direction...who will step up first?
concerning various thread comparisons of WVU & VT in BBALL.... WVU is not really rural.... it is 45 minutes from Pittsburgh (the same of VT to Roanoke) - WVU is 90 minutes from DC, on the border of the with state of Pennsylvannia/ Ohio (recruiting hotbeds for fb & bball)
VT is really rural....in the sticks.... 4-5 hours from any true urban area..............its no more rural than fairfas & noerthern va are from DC
Remember it JMO so be nice