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Topic:  RE: Akron Men's BB player assaults teammate at practice

Topic:  RE: Akron Men's BB player assaults teammate at practice
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  Message Not Read  RE: Akron Men's BB player assaults teammate at practice
   Posted: 1/17/2019 12:31:18 PM 
GroverBall wrote:
bobcat695 wrote:
I've been attending games for 29 seasons. 25 of those years, we did not dance. That qualifies as decades.


Well, this reasoning would apply to all MAC teams except one I believe, Kent, which has danced 6 times in the last 29 seasons. If we had danced two more times in the last 29 years, is that the mark that would make you happy? Maybe the MAC isn't for you?


I honestly wonder if the MAC is at all for a portion of the followers of this basketball program on this board. Maybe I'm different, but I get more joy out of the journey - watching the daily/weekly aspect of college basketball SEASON, as players develop and we get to see individual personalities develop over time than I enjoy just the month of March. If all I cared about is the month of March, I'd shun my Alma Mater for my father's Bearcats that I've rooted for since well before I was a Bobcat. (though even that team, this year, I'm enjoying watching the weekly growth of some players)

I say it all the time via social media accounts: "If you wait until March to care about college basketball, you're missing out on a lot of great games and fun."

I think that could also be added to, or translated to: If Success in March is all you care about....because while it is absolutely, without question, the ultimate goal, it is not all that matters with regard to college basketball. Not to me at least.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Akron Men's BB player assaults teammate at practice
   Posted: 1/17/2019 12:36:00 PM 
Brian Smith wrote:
Is it really that hard to not overreact one way or the other to the Groce era? In hindsight, it's pretty easy to put into perspective.

Ultimately, his stay in Athens was wildly successful. He recruited an all-time great in Cooper and took the program to heights not seen since Snyder. But he also underperformed during the regular season and had favorable draw in that NCAA tournament when he got Michigan and USF, two teams that on paper were perfect match-ups for an undersized MAC team. (The Georgetown win is Groce's masterpiece game. It's one of the most dumbfounding butt-kickings I've ever witnessed and it happened for the team I rooted for. It's the height of Ohio basketball in the new millennium — if only because DJ Cooper's half-court fling wasn't a quarter of an inch over against UNC...)



If you think about it in simple terms, I agree. I can't understand how that 2 year stretch suddenly became the annual expectation for some, when it clearly was one of the pinnacles over the last half century.

I'd even add to that simplification: The success occurred because of the successful recruitment of DJ Cooper as the maestro, and also the recruitment of Walt Offut, who I maintain was probably the glue that held everything together, and was the ultimate leader. No question there were others who played a role, but those two guys, and a focus on perimeter defense and turnovers, are what got it done.
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