University of New Orleans basketball team tries to focus on its games
By Larry Holder, Contributing sports writer... December 12, 2009, 8:20AM All UNO Coach Joe Pasternack hopes his basketball team can do is focus on what it can control, and that's to zero in on the next opponent.
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#1 Dec 14, 2009
unoeeengr, I don't have the same recollection as you about the gym being packed in the early Div. I days. It was packed for a few games, but as someone who attended nearly every home game in the first 15 years of the program, the only time I remember the gym being packed for more than 2 or 3 consecutive games is during 1970-71, when the team won their first 22 games and were undersized, hustled and were fun to watch. <p><br>And remember, the gym held 3,500 at capacity. At no time in its history has the program had anywhere near Div. I-level support. And most times they drew over 4K at Lakefront Arena, it was for opponents like LSU where Privateer fans were outnumbered in their own arena.<p><br>I can't argue with your point about clueless chancellors. And it's true that the right chancellor can set the tone at a university. But I can name you a half dozen major universities where the current president or chancellor was hired for no more than his name recognition or political connections. And those athletic programs all seem to be doing just fine, in spite of who's at the top.<p><br>All during the time I was at UNO, I read the T-P and the Driftwood and observed what was going on. The truth is that, with respect to UNO athletics, apathy has always been a problem, both on campus and in the community. This was true even during the tenure of Dr. Hitt, whom I wholeheartedly share your admiration of.<p><br>Tim Ryan's job is not to save UNO as a Div. I school at all costs. His job is to safeguard the scarce resources of the university in a way that preserves its excellent academic reputation. I still think that, absent Div. I-level support, the move of athletics down to a more sustainable level is the right strategy at present. If alumni and other supporters want to save Div. I so badly, let them step up, make contributions, buy season tickets, and turn out for the games -- in numbers. That's their job, not the chancellor's.
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