I realize that this is an old thread on an even older topic, but with the recent renegotiated C-USA TV deal and the next ball game a few days away, perhaps we can waste some of our valuable time beating this dead horse again.
Does most everyone here still believe C-USA is the place to be? I want out of the Belt as much as the next guy, but I guess I just have my sights set quite a bit higher, especially with the costs involved.
SBC two teams, three if you forward count Coastal.
CUSA four teams.
almost two hosts too?? I apologize if this was discussed on another thread, but any reason in particular a #12 RPI team such as the chanticleers are not hosting? seems like a great place for a tourney (barring another hurricane)
I understand our budget royally sucks and the RCAF has helped out tremendously to improve our coaching pool candidates as well as our facilities. Unfortunately, the RCAF was started about 20 years too late. It is amazing what they have done in the short time period since its inception (Kudo's to RCAF). But what other criteria are needed besides the bottom line to get us noticed and become a wanted, desired item? Our facilities, not just athletics, have and are being built and improved.
Again, this is just my opinion, but by getting into a more prestigious conference, Big 12, AAC....SEC, (NOT CUSA), we would instantly gain the ability to recruit better athletes on the whole. We have tremendous athletes here now, but usually there is only a stud or two. By being in a better conference, we would have the chance to get more studs per recruiting class in all sports.
Forever a Ragin Cajun!
RCAF, as you've said, has made some nice progress. While late, I don't think it's inception was way too late. The true issue here is, the ceiling of the RCAF. While many of us here think our core board members have stroke (and some of them do), the majority of people don't realize just how much their hands are tied. There is a reason membership from heavy donors is lagging behind. There are actually people ACTIVELY trying to undermine a full separation of RCAF. At first, it seemed like it was just typical "drag our feet" way of doing things. It is now KNOWN what's really happening.
There are many reasons why we aren't pursuing a move in conference and there are many reasons why we aren't being pursued. One of the BIGGEST reasons is offices held by certain individuals. It is not a secret that our President was advised to make a myriad of changes. It should come as NO surprise to anyone that our President has not taken that advice, to date. In fact, quite the opposite has occurred. More on that in the summer...
What if, instead of making new threads about Name complaints, and apparel deals, and conference troubles, and not enough money, and worrying about Tech & Tulane.. What if we got a hold of Mike Alden's email and started asking our own questions? Instead of berating ESPN personalities, we started inundating Savoie's office with emails and calls? How about we get a hold of the disaster of a marketing and branding department that we have and start by saying we're tired of the embarrassment that comes with being the school with no name? (Maybe a better question would be, how is this man still employed here?) What if we inundate Scott Farmer's office with calls and emails about when he said his goal was to get us into a better conference, but has done the opposite? I'd also like to know why I, as an RCAF member, donor to multiple different areas of the program, and season ticket holder of 4 sports, was lied to about the working relationship (and hiring process) of Mr. Jim Harris? Why have his hands been tied? Why so many road blocks at every turn?
We need to stop looking outward and look inward for what ails us.
Ok, Turrl, you obviously don't know me very well... I can't speak for the majority, but some people are plenty courageous to ask the tough questions.
And btw, "very few" is inaccurate. Even if it were true, its because the great majority of Cajun fans are casual fans. They could care less how business is run because they have come to expect NOTHING from our athletic department. Hence the low RCAF number (relatively speaking).
And yes, I don't know you very well, but you have made yourself very obvious in your actions as well as your comments. I have no doubt that you are one of the few people with the courage and tenacity to follow through on what you would say that you would do. But the casualness of the fans is the very point I can make about those who do not feel the way you do. They are casual, you are hardcore, that's why it's not important to them to take action like those who feel like you do.
If you think there are enough people disgruntled with how things are being done with conference realignment and everything else in regards to Cajun athletics, gather them together and follow through on what you want to do. I doubt you could find more than a few dozen people who feel as you do, and even fewer to take action. But work on it, you may surprise me, and I would like to be proven wrong. I would like to see this engine move faster than it is, perhaps you can be the fuel that drives it. If you aren't successful, at least you will have tried.
I think (not you per se) people underestimate the new breed of fan UL athletics is incubating. At present time, there is a ground swell of hardcore base forming around Lafayette, and it's been forming for 5-7 years. Unfortunately, that core can not put us over the top financially, for obvious reasons, but the tenacity is definitely there. If we alienate that new core, by the time they are in a position to donate substantial dollars, they will no longer be interested. It's what's happened over the last 40 years, prior to this new window of opportunity we've been given.
We are not LISTENING to the advice we PAID for, and that is troubling. Actually, it's infuriating. How many hardcore Cajun fans (that have the ability to do something about it) will stand by and watch us miss yet another train?
At this point, I'm not interested in hearing anymore hoopla from RCAF Board members or this administration until I actually see that these commitments have been finally realized. Their promises and updates really don't mean anything to me right now. If others want to email Dr. Savoie, they are more then welcome to do so, but I'm waiting for him to deliver what was promised with RCAF. At some point RCAF and our president need to deliver what was promised in their public campaigns.