Learned today that basketball gets nothing from concession at games. Goes all to the Dome. I am sure the program would love to get a percentage of those 12 dollar beers. That is the only athletic program here that faces such an issue. Still that is not a reason for some folks not paying attention. Those that still do saw two games in which the good guys fought every second they were on the court. Thursday's game saw a senior led comeback which reminded me of a Bo Lamar type game from the 70's. Yesterday saw a game in which all the Cajuns played at a peak level which was necessary to defeat one of the better teams we have seen in the Dome in the last few years. Learned today UTA's Hervey will declare for the draft and is almost certain to be a first round pick. Those that no longer care about basketball missed out on two outstanding performances in the last few days. Had they been there, they may pay more attention going forward. Still, I understand why a date night is a priority to some. Time with family is always well spent.
Many people think they were out-talented and overachieved; I think they had equal talent and overachieved in the sense of overcoming the deficiencies in game planning and in game coaching they were dealt.
I get the support for Marlin. Seems like a good man that recruits and graduates top notch individuals (and families). As opposed to a coach that had his own son being arrested for slangin dope.
I get the anti Marlin crowd because, me included, expect our historically quality basketball program to compete at a high level. IMO, we should always be in contention for an SBC championship.
Mike gave a great example of the shtt MBB has to deal with. Also, when it costs 75k to get Stephen F. Austin to come to Lafayette, you can see why scheduling is lack luster. (And oh, btw, they refuse to come and play us as well.)
It would be nice if UL could buy the Cajundome and have first dibs at everything including concessions, or build another basketball facility on campus to use for games and practice. I think that will ultimately happen, although probably not in some of our lifetimes.
I don't want to hear about how underfunded Marlin is until he does a lot more than go to a basketball luncheon. We all know, or should know that the dome gets all concessions.
Comparing coaches to each other is something we do way too much around here. Each sport has its own set of challenges. Hud has brought a lot of criticism upon himself and lost favor with fans via his own actions. I don't recall Marlin ever publicly insulting his fan base.
But for the casual fan, brass tax is wins and losses. And I'm fine with that. Blame lays at the feet of the head man; comes with the territory. And here's the deal, if we're going to make a change, they had better nail the hire. Marlin has been average in terms of wins and losses, but he's done everything else right.
I think we often give coaches too much credit and too much blame. Marlin sets a good tone for our STUDENT athletes. He could do more in regards to fundraising but he is hamstringed unlike other major coaches at UL.
It is not a good situation and I'm not saying he is the answer but I also don't think he is a "problem". I question how much success any coach would have under some of the limitations placed on the program at this stage.
With all that said we are talking large picture. Bring things back down to this season and you have to give them credit up to this point. Job well done.
It will be interested to see what a new AD does but given the huge mountain of college basketball in the deep south and some of our own limitations it would not surprise me to see that this isn't a priority. Baseball and softball are rolling and Football drives the bus so don't be surprised if basketball is the red headed step child for a while longer.
The man has been and still being given time...can he not have a UTA,LATECH ,UALR,Georgia state,USM type season at some point? Is that really too much to expect in 8 years? All similar schools in close proximity.
Guess I can complain at this time about something that I think is STUPID
after the game and the win the team goes over to the student body area and the student body is walking out the place---the team then sings the fight song W/O the band (acappella) and then the band plays the fight song as the team walks away---So we get a student leader to ask the students at the game to stay a couple of minutes longer and sing the fight song with the team and band
a mission for the Brocksman possibly!!!
To do that though we need multiple participants and getting at least two games into the tournament. Instead the coaches in the SBC protect their collective resumes.
Coach Marlin could do more to raise money for the team. Would it cut into his coaching and recruiting duties? Can't answer that, but I'm thinking probably not as much as some think. I'd love to see what Marlin's non coaching time looks like.
Thanks to the coaches and players for a great win last night. Fighting the zebras and Mavericks isn't easy.
At this stage I'll be happy to overachieve this year and have big expectations for next. The kids deserve nothing less.
Personally I think Marlin could do more for the program outside of his coaching duties but I'm still not convinced that would make a noticeable difference to the program as a whole .
I know this....Marlin has definitely convinced a bunch of players this year that they are relevant and they do have a chance to do something special. I'm good with that. The rest can wait until after the season.