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Date Posted: 11/28/15 10:54:38am Sat
Author: Swish
Subject: DePaul 96 Gate 46: Homecoming for Nicci!
In reply to: All Net 's message, "Monmouth 86 Gate 80 (ot)" on 11/22/15 4:27:16pm Sun

This should add fuel to the fire of those questioning gate WBB playing "UP" or stretch games to attract recruits and market the program.
But coming back to play against Nicci's mentor DP Coach Doug Bruno also provided a return home for 3 team members from Chicago and Northern Indiana.

Nicci now has pretty much her own players and recruits coming in and a young staff that probably doesn't have any job options to lure them out of Hammy for a couple/few years. The development of her players from one year to the next is a deliberate process. Slated for PL 7th in preseason polls, it will be interesting to see whether gate can register a PL season closer to the middle of the pack. The bottom half of the PL offers games that gate could win, with the right coaching. Time will tell !

>This is a better woman's ball team.
>But, it will be a sawtooth season.
>This game was in the "winnable" column of the o.o.c.
>Back to G.R.'s quibbling with the tough o.o.c.
>scheduling, The point is it's Nicci's INTENT that a
>tougher higher profile o.o.c. schedule will help
>recruiting and marketing the program. INTENT. You
>don't know any more than anyone else whether that
>works ? But, the point stands that is a key part of
>her strategy. Obviously, WINNING, showing a gradual
>improvement in the record in the PL, developing an
>attractive team culture and a host of other features
>go hand-in-hand with everything else.
>Next game at DePaul in Chicago, one of the tougher
>o.o.c. games, along with UCONN and Gonzaga.
>>Oh, please. Your suggestion that Nicci is using a
>>tough OOC schedule to improve recruiting success and
>>marketing is just silly. If anything, it hurts
>>recruiting. Good recruits want to join a winning
>>team. If you want some evidence of that, look at MBB.
>> Colgate men play Syracuse every year in BB and they
>>play other tough OOC teams. It has not helped
>>recruiting at all. Colgate is so reluctant to pull
>>the plug on poor performing coaches (why did they wait
>>for so long in MBB before getting Langel) it might
>>have another Foto in the making.

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