Celebrating a win is one thing - when you are perceived as lacking respect for one of our Nation's proudest institutions and a fellow league member is another. I hope the team can find a more appropriate way to celebrate wins in the future.
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Date Posted:09:20:21 01/09/06 Mon
I'll devil's advocate here. This whole argument is crap. There is nothing special or sacred about Alumni Hall. Navy is a D1 sports program who fields athletic teams and, in this regard, they should be treated like any other sports program. Its not like this was taking place on the Quad or at graduation. It's a gym like any other.
This is a young team, winning their first League game on the road, a team that has suffered with poor chemistry in recent years, that is now energized and playing stronger, better, team basketball.
If this were any other bulding, folks would not be alarmed.
Date Posted:10:00:02 01/09/06 Mon
They should apologize (not one of those conditional "if anyone was offended.." apologies)and move on. If a Navy beat writer made that big a deal over it, it probably went too far. Apologize, put an end to it now and move past it.
Date Posted:10:51:58 01/09/06 Mon
This is not new to this particular group of players....
This happened at the Hart several years ago when the Bucknell women beat HC during the PL final. The team came and danced and pounded on our logo at center court. It didn't rankle me so much, but the coaching staff was a little bothered.
Thing is, there is a difference b/t the dance thing and chanting this "is our house" (basically saying, you just got owned). The latter does appear to be disrespectful. Fedorjka, if just for public relations matters, should nip it in the bud. I also don't buy that it is not directed at anybody, b/c it clearly is.
Date Posted:17:02:04 01/09/06 Mon
and similar is not exact....the latter event is actually far worse to me...but that is just me. Thing is, whether its dancing/pounding on a logo or chanting "this is our house" after a game is not necessarily the classiest thing in the world. The coach should not make excuses on this one.
And for the Bison, here, I am not attacking the team...kids make mistakes....but the coach should know better.
Date Posted:12:34:32 01/09/06 Mon
Dan - I don't care if they played Lewisburg High School. It's not good for BU (whether they wanted to taunt or not - they were perceived as such - and that's as good as guilty in the media and general public's eyes).
As a stark contrast - I was at the Syracuse game this year - our men's team hardly celebrated on the court after the game. They acted like they expected to win - shook hands and walked off the court. The lack of celebration got very favorable press in the Syracuse paper the next day. It was as impressive as the win, in my opinion - and speaks to the depth of character, leadership and attitude of the men's program.
Date Posted:12:41:57 01/09/06 Mon
This is clearly the responsibility of the head coach. Teams reflect the personality of their coach. Remember this is the same coach who has major personality conflicts with her assistant coaches over the years.
Date Posted:15:53:18 01/09/06 Mon
She would have been a senior co-captain, but chose not to play. She had started 54 of 57 games over the two previous years. Rachel Hanley, a starting forward last year and one of the first two scholarship athletes at B.U., also left the team. Both related to my above post.
Date Posted:20:40:52 01/19/06 Thu
I completely disagree with him. The Navy message board had a copy of the apology letter from the Bucknell AD and it appears that he found the display to be unsportsmanlike as well.