CoachD88 wrote:PurpleWhiskers wrote:It does appear that this was known for a while before the announcement. We had to hear about it through a Bradley fan on an MVC garbage site. The cynic in me suspects that UE didn't want to step on season ticket sales. They were happy to keep us excited and ignorant of the facts ($$$). I wonder when we would have learned about it if this fan board hadn't begun lighting up over it. I also wonder if Deandre isn't McCarty's Silas Adheke, who Marty described as similar to Karl Malone a year before "Karl Malone" rode off into the sunset without ever playing a game. The old truism rears its ugly head again, believe it when you see it, everything else including future rosters is little more than chatter. I do know that when you lose trust it is hard to get it back. Strike one on McCarty.
I so agree....but I would have to say that is Strike Two and maybe even 2.5 (if you consider how they have locked fans out of practices unless you have deep pockets and of course, the change in game times). I have another question for PAF.....it was just a few years ago, when during recruiting season, some of us were grumbling about how UE academic standards made it tough for us to attract players. Ummm.....how in the heck did this happen then? As much excitement as everyone is supposed to have had for the new changes in the program.....there has always been this little voice saying to me "be careful as all may not be as it seems." I feel like season-ticket holders, like myself, have been taken on somewhat of a ride this Summer and it is not going to end up in the destination we desired. As usual...just my take...but I would still like to hear everyone's thoughts on how this got by our "strict" standards.
I definitely understand where you guys are coming from...this looks bad.
I think all along they knew Williams would most likely not play, like I posted before. They hid that so they could sell more tickets, which given the attendance numbers we have seen recently, I at least understand why they did it.
I don't have a problem with the closed practices at all.
The game time thing is still the dumbest move. I don't know what they were thinking there or who they talked to.
As far as the standards go...UE standards are not that high. That was mainly a myth people liked to throw out there as an excuse for why we didn't get players. I think UE knew what was going on with this Williams situation, they just hid it for season ticket sales reasons.
All I can say is, stay the course. Any coaching change is rough, and the first year will definitely be a tough one. Just remember the three guys sitting out will be ready to go the following year. McCarty is basically taking over a train wreck here that was quickly heading toward oblivion had a change not taken place. He's already done a ton to put the train back on the tracks.