So over the 5th year, portal, & teams loading up 23-year Feb 2, 2023 12:16:53 GMT -5
Post by BeachbytheBay on Feb 2, 2023 12:16:53 GMT -5
I feel his pain. It's odd enough to root for players who are actually total strangers but with whom one feels an affiliation because they have chosen to play for "your" team. It feels like a betrayal and it makes one wonder "why bother" when you know that many of the players have no loyalty to "your" team and are in fact checking around for greener grass and better opportunities even as they wave to the local crowds and purport to believe that there's no place better than, no fans better than . . . you know the schtick. To be clear, I'm not speaking about players who have perfectly understandable reasons for wanting out of a situation that just isn't good for them. I am talking about all those "I want to chase a natty" types or "I hoped to play for team x all along, but they wouldn't recruit me before" types. Don't I understand that the players have a right to pursue whatever situation makes them happiest? I do; I understand their motivations. I'm just saying, as did the original poster, it makes college vb more like professional baseball, to name but one sport I stopped following because I couldn't figure out why I should care about players who were short-timers just pulling down a paycheck before moving on.
yes, this sums it up
it's one thing to have players go in and out, and their perspective
it's another HUGE challenge at a lot of schools, especially mid-majors, to create and sustain a critical mass when sustaining a critical mass following requires some level of familiarity and 'fan motivation' - yes fans do need motivation as well, and the transfer portal could result in diminish that, we shall see. Every program will be different. Many critical boosters like the fact they get to see students develop OVER 4 years and not 6 months and dissappear. A program can lose 5 boosters and a program could lose $15k-$25 a year in support if they dissappear if their joy is basically destroyed by turn-over and diminished prospects. That might not sound like much, but that's the heart-beat example of some mid-majors, and then add on building enthusiasm that sustains. what formula that works in this new era, there will be multiple ones. Just read an artical on JEff Tedford at Fresno State football, and basically said while not ignoring, but also not targeting the transfer portal (can be too volatile and tough chasing prospects), the key for their success was JUCO talent-mining. The candidates aren't as 'jaded' or stars in their eyes cause they've taken a less glorious path and a different maturity. but I digress