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Date Posted: 14:32:26 06/14/04 Mon
Author: Smack
Subject: Re: WIU recruiting class 21st
In reply to: RockyBDog 's message, "Re: WIU recruiting class 21st" on 16:00:58 06/09/04 Wed

I don't think Keith Archie is coming back because of grade problems. As far as the attendance problem is concerned, I'm not sure that changing conferences is the solution. I understand about regional rivalries, but when Centenary out draws us on the season average, I think that the problem is deeper. Look at it this way, what conference would accept a school that draws less than 1500 to a game? USA? Valley? Horizon? I realize that playing those type of teams would help with bringing people to a game but you have to have a solid base to start with. I agree that marketing and entertainment is a step in the right direction. Student and community support are the keys and must somehow be enticed to come out and support the program. Maybe getting to the NCAA tournament would help. Nothing builds tradition like winning.
On a side note, From what I hear the whole team, new recruits and returnees, are all going to summer classes and working out. Hmmm..... could be an interesting year.

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[> [> [> Re: WIU recruiting class 21st -- wiuato, 11:07:07 06/15/04 Tue

If WIU was in the 3 conferences you mentioned they would be drawing around 3000 atleast. And there are teams in 2 of those conf.'s that draw arounf what WIU does. Believe me, there is definite interest in playing teams like SIU, ILST, Bradley, UIC, Loyola and the old Mid-Con schools who now play in other conf.'s.

If WIU could bring in a big name school once a year to play in Macomb and wrap a special promo around it, you would easily see 5-6000+ squeeze into Western Hall. Butttttt, on the attendance thing how many actually show up since students get in free and there is no actual turnstyles to calculate numbers only ticket sales. Same goes for football, how do they calculate this? I have wondered for a long time.

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