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  1. Any list should focus heavily on the team’s success. While Javon was a beast and great player he never got his team to the dance and in fact he was a huge reason why we lost in 2014 in the quarters to Eastern. Thus Harris, CJ, Perk merit best of the best status.
  2. Having games at the arena is a joke. Perhaps if Jim is able to maintain the level of play, ie tourney appearances in consecutive years and perception in community that we’re building something big, then playing in the arena would make some sense. But there has been very little interest among the general public for Big 4 double headers the last few times they’ve been held. The atmosphere was terrible for those games. I much prefer games at AA, KAC, Reilly and Niagara to those poorly attended affairs at KBC.
  3. Time will tell how much of a drop off there is, if any. Oats guys will be competing at P5 schools where they may find the competition stiff enough where they don't get a whole lot of PT. Meanwhile Whitesell's guys should all have a great opportunity to show what they can do. The test will be if these guys can re-=establish the momentum that Oats built. If not branding, all the positive national PR, etc. will quickly subside.
  4. That is great news. It shows what sustained success together with continuity brings. It builds momentum, creates positive PR, buzz and with all that more financial support. Imperative that Whitesell keeps the momentum going on the men's side.
  5. No surprise that someone who has been around long enough and has seen the rise, fall, rise and ?????? of UB athletics would have such wisdom. I would add that Tripathi, Alnut, etc. should have been doing this for basketball long before Oats left. Oats wanted a rec center, which was given lip service by all concerned and promised for years, and the opportunity to get Alumni renovated into a basketball only facility with much higher seating capacity. Unlike UB, Oats did his research as to what would be necessary to make UB men's hoops a Gonzaga type program. Oats seeing UB did not share his vision for the program accepted the Alabama offer where he would not be so limited. Rather than seizing the incredible energy surrounding the huge and unprecedented energy and excitement brought to UB, Buffalo and WNY, they let this rare and perhaps only opportunity go by the wayside. This fan is and has been outraged since this all came down leading to ongoing evaluation of what level of commitment I will make to UB athletics in the future. Alnut told Hodgson to leave immediately right after Oats gave his notice. Lastly, what would Danny White have done and what would he be doing now?
  6. I have no idea what happened with Lanier. But Alnut’s preferred coach was a coach of color. Assuming all other things being equal I was fine with that. But it likely explains why Alnut took a lot of time to circle back to Jim who is an outstanding person and good coach. But I don’t think we should fool ourselves. The likes of the last five years will very likely not come around again at UB. It was a great run. I loved every second of it. A lot of things were poorly handled by Alnut and Tripathi re Oats. I’ve talked to several about it and perhaps I’ll post a long rant on it some day. But right now you’re all on the right track. Give Jim all your support and wish him the best.
  7. Coach W rounded out his staff with this hire. http://www.ubbulls.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/releases/20190503imn4mo He sounds like a real up and comer with the potential to replace Hodgson's recruiting prowess. I like it.
  8. How about per team? Is football and track and field up 50% and others down? In other words can you post the results from 2018, 17 etc?
  9. I have the ability to contribute more because of our relative stations in life, you a recent graduate in the early stages of your career and me closer to the end. I’ve donated a fair amount over the last number of years and received numerous emails and text messages re this campaign. So I don’t think your point is accurate.
  10. I have no idea how these numbers compare to past crowd funding campaigns. But the fact UB men’s and women’s hoops fared so poorly relative to other programs given their outstanding and unprecedented success I fear is a sign that the teams have not capitalized on that success and in fact potentially could be regressing. The next year will tell us more.
  11. Here are the results from UB giving day. Pretty sad that football garners 3x as much in donations as men’s and women’s basketball and UB track field hauls in twice as much.
  12. AJ certainly deserved to be drafted. Not worried about him. He’ll be a good pro. Tyree on the other hand was always raw and needed more experience. Plain and simple he made a bad decision.
  13. This didn’t age well even for 12 hours. Jeesh
  14. It’s all about recruiting. Whoever has the best recruiting chops hopefully will land the job. And I have no clue who that is. But I do hope Whitesell and Quarles are retained by whomever gets the job. I can’t imagine being left behind by a coach that you helped you go from a paltry 300k or whatever to a kings ransom of 2.5 M without any apparent concern by that coach. And whoever it is I hope they can do right by the players Oats stiff armed by high tailing it outta town.
  15. Wonderful thoughts and post! In my view it all starts with leadership/vision. It’s no coincidence that athletic success, while scattered in the years before, became a regular occurrence after Danny White was hired. His vision was big time athletics at UB as the next great athletics brand. He raised the expectations within the athletic department. He demanded more. FLJ was concerned she was going to get fired if her team did not start winning. The morale of the department was elevated with White’s leadership. We saw MAC championships in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer and tennis. Take it however you will, but one reason Oats left is he did not think UB shared his vision and priorities. So for me anyway it all comes down to what UB envisions itself as and where it wants to be. Some said you could not win at UB, you could not recruit to UB and nothing was destined to change. Fortunately White, Hurley, Nate, FLJ proved all those naysayers wrong. I talked to various people and some of UB’s biggest donors as the season was coming to a close with the same question of how are we going to keep Nate. Sadly the response was from a few I don’t know that we can. My reply someone needs to sit down with him and ask him directly what will it take to keep you here long term. I would then have drawn up the plan to do so. I don’t know Alnut but have briefly talked to him a few times. I ran into one of his top assistants before the end of the regular season. I was told that there was an effort underway to get a new contract done funded by the university and with donations of 25k, 50k and 100k of boosters to raise Nate's salary and those of his assistants. I said I’d be willing to help solicit donors as I knew many that would likely want to help. The suggestion was made that we sit down for lunch sometime soon, which never materialized. I talked to my wife about this and we were prepared to donate 25k to help retain Nate. I am happy to support a mission of excellence. But have zero interest in supporting mediocrity or stumbling along without a vision of excellence. I think most of us having experienced what is possible at UB would like to see it continue. The question for all I believe is whether the university wants to do what is necessary to make it happen. If there isn’t a total buy in then it’s likely we’ve seen the golden age of UB basketball over the last several years.
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