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Date Posted: Friday, July 18, 09:38:45am
Author: Peacock
Subject: You want terrible publicity
In reply to: Bunk 's message, "Re: I can't stress this enough." on Friday, July 18, 02:14:28am

Go back to Stein's handling of the softball scholarship. While the restrictions were the fault of Loughran, the issue was mauled by Stein. It made the newspapers. Too many praise him, but he had handled things consistently poorly throughout his career. What you have now is strictly the basketball people and not quite too many of them. It is not as public as you think. The current issue was purely basketball and if you really think the majority of these kids think about the school side of it you are mistaken. John hasn't done himself any favors with an extremely poor first two seasons that is recognized by the outside. Read the MAAC board and see how SPC is viewed. These guys have no insight into the causes of how we got so bad, or that management has changed. Even in that we held our own in basketball prior top that. The Sutton case revolved around what programs will do to obtain players. Even in the MAAC you have had some dirty dealings. Iona has for years prostituted themselves for success. Gonzales promised the world to obtain kids and now Manhattan would not touch him with a ten foot pole as you will see when BG screws up for the last time at SHU. Right now SPC doesn't bend over for many of the players, but also does have trouble obtaining even the fair minded among them. The program has not truly performed and even when it did some with all the positive publicity, during Clark's years, it defaulted to poor management from Stein to the coaching staff. Winning will solve the basketball problem.

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[> [> [> [> Re: You want terrible publicity -- Bunk, Saturday, July 19, 10:54:54am [1]

I do not know the softball situation and I'm not sure I want to know.

I'd like to stress two things to Messrs Cornacchia and Elliott. The first is that students (and student-athletes) are customers and need to be treated as such. Having good customer service is one of the best ways an organization without large resources can distinguish itself.

The second is that the word of poor service will travel quickly among the network of parents of athletes. Word of mouth is extremely important and word of mouth is hugely influential among parents in the high school athletics world.

You say that willing will solve the basketball problem. I do not disagree. However, an environment where winning is possible is first necessary. The first step would be to fund the program more in line with other MAAC schools. The second step is a much-needed upgrade in facilities. This is not an excuse for the current staff. Frankly, right now, if I were a parent with a MAAC-level player, I would not send him to Saint Peter's.

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[> [> [> [> [> What you preach is the direction -- Peacock, Saturday, July 19, 11:25:46am [1]

Things don't turn on a dime, and there are many other needs in the school from prior school mismanagement. This is the first year that any direction can be seen from EC. As I understand money has been allocated for dealing with the seating and (surprise surprise) repairing the parking garage. Letís see if it happens or was just BS.

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