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Date Posted: 10:39:40 02/19/03 Wed
Author: MJF '95
Subject: Re: Loyola an attractive place for a coach?
In reply to: BF '94 's message, "Re: Loyola an attractive place for a coach?" on 18:34:09 02/18/03 Tue

An example of what you're talking about near where I live is George Mason.

They advertise on local radio, have boatloads of promotions and give-aways, and let kids shoot foul shots on the floor after the game. Plus, they play a 1/2 way interesting schedule (Mississippi, @ Pittsburgh), and are 1/2 way competitive in their conference. And, the Patriot Center is not that much nicer than Reitz. A bit bigger. They got almost 3,000 people to turn out for Niagara, and almost 5,000 for Towson.

As late as the early to mid 90's, we were playing interesting teams (Xavier, St. Joe's, Navy, ND, Virginia) Some of them even came to Reitz. (I think we played ND @ the arena downtown in 1993 or 94) And notwithstanding 1994, it's not like Loyola was world beaters back then either.

I've said it before, and I say it again. This fish has rotted from the head down. Loyola didn't take the proper steps to capitalize on the 1994 run(i.e. either figuring out a way to keep Skip or replacing him with a credible candidate), it's been one fiasco after another since then, and we're at the point now hat no one cares anymore. Not students, not administration, no one. You even have to wonder how the players feel, more or less knowing that they are going to get their asses handed to them night after night.

The program needs an injection of Jon Gruden-like enthusiasm. With regard to the men's basketball program, Loyola has a culture of losing, which isn't going to change under the current leadership. Hicks may be in over his head, but he's not the root of the problem.

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