Post by nickpanther on May 16, 2019 22:00:38 GMT -6
To put it bluntly, our program can't sustain long stretches of mediocrity and hope to get butts in the seats. And our recent attendance woes are proof of that, there were games around Christmastime that I doubt we had 100 fans watching, including myself. We have to draw a heck of a lot better, if we want to stay at the Arena long term
Post by Duct_Tape_Pounce on May 17, 2019 16:49:14 GMT -6
Yeah, I’m in agreement that the current situation attendance-wise isn’t sustainable and isn’t a good look. I guess I’m just saying that I see a little more hope now than I did a few years ago.
There is a lot that has gone into the situation the program is in right now. We haven’t had even an adequate AD since Bud Haidet, there hasn’t really been a ticketing team (until now) since Brian Morgan left, the practice facility situation hasn’t worked to our advantage, the Horizon League has lost its strongest programs (including the only truly nationally relevant one, at least while they were in our conference), and I’m sure we are still seeing some effects of the Andy Geiger Klotsche Center debacle. A lot of this was entirely self imposed, but I think the current program woes aren’t solely (although they seem to be largely) the fault of the current AD.
Now it looks like at least a few of these circumstances have gotten better. There’s a seemingly at least ok ticketing team, there seems to be a clearer path for the practice facility (although it probably won’t be what we were hoping for), and the Andy Geiger debacle is a little further in the rear view mirror (although it’s a real threat for the future if nothing changes). For the first time that I can remember, the athletic department actually acknowledged attendance is a problem, and as weird and backwards as this may sound, I see that acknowledgment as a good thing.
I know we won’t be back to the later Bud Haidet years or even the Rick Costello years with the snap of the fingers, and that is upsetting, but hopefully with these incremental improvements to the situation, and hopefully with either a new AD or an AD who has learned from past mistakes (I’m not sure she could do any worse in the next few years than she did in the past few years), there will be some real improvements.
You cannot simultaneously observe that the program has bottomed out, and is worse than it has been — by a wide margin — since before the turn of the century, and at the same time expect (or even hope) that the administration that engineered that collapse will revive it. Assuming it even wants to do that.
Anyone who thinks that is going to happen is going to be very disappointed a year or two or five down the line — but they ought not be surprised.
"She would constantly try to throw [Coach Jeter] off and create distractions," said another source who worked in the athletic department and no longer is at UWM. "All the time. It was bad. I felt bad for him all the time. I told him, 'You're a bigger man than I am.' It was brutal. Sabotage was in the cards." -- From the JS story, March 17, 2016