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Date Posted: Tue, January 07 2020, 8:25:51
Author: Go_Griffs
Subject: Changes...

Right now, things look bleak for Canisius athletics. Hockey and Basketball are struggling - hopefully baseball has a good season.

A few changes I would like to see:

Brand Update - Our logo is dated and our brand is stale. we need a more classic look that will appeal to students and alum.

Arena Upgrade - Basketball is played at a below average arena. A new field house is needed.

Social Media - Go compare the athletics social to other programs in the A10 and Big East, it pales in comparison. Want to engage your students? Social is the way.

Marketing - In general, the marketing of athletics has to improve in order to get students to games.

More Budget - We need to make Canisius a more attractive destination.

Better Coaching - This season is lost. Reggie has to go after 2020.

What are some changes you would like to see?

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[> Re: Changes... -- These are all great ideas., Tue, January 07 2020, 12:56:29

Please pass them on. Go Griffs!

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[> Re: Changes... -- Griff, Tue, January 07 2020, 15:52:34

What? They're broke and begging for money. None of that is happening.

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[> [> Re: Changes... -- Actually, Tue, January 07 2020, 16:30:39

They are looking to put together some renderings of Koessler could look like with some renovations. This has been part of Hurley’s capital plan. Everyone knows that the Griffin and the branding needs to be fixed, this could be done immediately.

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[> Re: Changes... -- But that's part of the problem..., Tue, January 07 2020, 20:32:03

Canisius could pay someone to fund raise for Athletics full-time to help alleviate some of this. Coaches basically fund raise for their own programs and this takes crucial time away from recruiting, game plans, practices, etc.

Dennis Misko does a great job but he's also soliciting major gifts throughout the campus.

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[> Re: Changes... -- BfloGriff, Wed, January 08 2020, 5:59:38

Right now the elephant in the room is the completion of Science Hall. The last number I heard was $35 M (It's probably more now for inflation). That can be a big game changer for CC. After that the focus should be an events center. I can't understand why hockey is struggling. CC is a natural for an excellent hockey program with our location and Harbor Center and Buffalo's hockey culture. Maybe a better recruiting budget to start with? "Free tuition" at N.Y. State schools has greatly hurt many, many private institutions. The Governor is absolutely out of his mind with that one. He needs to fix that. Buffalo now has some big money people engaged in the City. Maybe one or two of them would like their name on Science Hall or the Events Center or a building for the CC Business School or etc. Can someone make that happen?

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[> [> Re: Changes... -- Science Hall needs to get done, Wed, January 08 2020, 17:05:27

We’ve been talking about this for years. They need to get several donors vs. one or two. Buffalo doesn’t have that many folks with that much cash who love CC. With regards to hockey I wish Dave Smith had stayed at least another year.. Our recruiting classes haven’t been that great when it comes to hockey. Trevor is a nice guy but we’re not the same type of team. With basketball all of us are very disappointed. How we long for the days of Coach Baron. The way that we’re playing it looks like the days of Tom Parrotta. Something has to change and quick.

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