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Date Posted: 22:39:53 12/11/03 Thu
Author: coach
Subject: CCSU More then just 2 Sport Programs

I follow this message board once in a while and it seems to me that all everyone on here talks about is Basketball and Football. I want to set the record straight. There is more to CCSU then just Basketball and Football as one of the posters mentioned before CCSU had one of the most successful fall seasons in recent memory, possibly since turning Division I in 1984-1985. You have the Women's soccer team who was able to secure the first Div I tournament game in school history. Not to mention the fact that they owned the post season awards. Then you have the Men's Soccer team who again had a great fall season who also owned the post season awards. Not to mention beating 2 Nationally Ranked Teams. Then you have the Volleyball team, who also had one of the best season's since at the least the early nineties. Who also owned post season awards. So let's see, we have 3 teams there who all picked up Coach of the Year honors, both soccer teams had conference rookie of the year award for the second year in a row. But yet, all people still talk about is Basketball and Football. What is the problem with this? Look forward to a response.

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[> Re: CCSU More then just 2 Sport Programs -- inside, 09:25:26 12/12/03 Fri

for the same reason the papers only come out to write about football and basketball, it is because of the popularity. With all due respect to the other sports who certainly made CCSU proud this fall, Universities live and die by their big name sports. Just ask a North Carolina alum, while their women's soccer team just won its 17th (?) national championship (I know CCSU is not UNC, I'm just using them as an exampple of other sports having success and noone caring), things won't be right up there until Roy Williams returns the hoop program to where it used to be. Alums take pride in the bigger named sports and despite the success of the other sports, it's the footballs and basketballs that that drive departments...


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[> [> CCSU Athletics! -- J.J., 11:10:29 12/12/03 Fri

Coach - I'm glad you joined us and have comments about other teams, however I think its fair to say that football and basketball are the most popular spectator sports in general. While other sports such as soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey have a strong regional interest, the majority of U.S. fans watch college football and basketball. That is why they are often referred to as "revenue sports" and have television contracts. Regardless, I would never want to undermine the recent success of men and womenís soccer, volleyball, and baseball teams at Central. Those teams, just as much as menís basketball, have proved we can compete with national programs.

I welcome you and everyone to get more CCSU students, fans, and alumni on the board to discuss CCSU Athletics. Personally, I believe a well rounded and successful athletic program is great for the university.


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