March 6, 2010 at 3:24 am #1822
"hawkineer" wrote: During the Queenan and Polaha days and early 1990s, there was good local support. I think in some ways, the old East Coast Conference was a more interesting league. League had Lehigh, Lafayette, Bucknell, Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra, Towson. Rider. There were alot of good rivalries. They also played doubleheaders with the women which helped attendance. It was a full evening of basketball for the price of one ticket.
Thanks Hawkineer! With the length of "the curse", it seemed better to start a new thread.
So there is Hope! Lehigh basketball has not enjoyed a long history of success. While there are rare exceptions (see Chicago Cub fans) sport fans support winning programs. I believe Lehigh is on the right track. It began with AD Sterrett who hired Coach Taylor, who began to develop a winning program, who hired Brett Reed, who inherited the head coach position, who has continued the winning program, who hired Matt Logie, who is an excellent recruiter, and now the program has the team at the top of the Patriot League.
The days of Holy Cross and Bucknall at the top of the league are over. Lehigh and American have taken their place. These seniors, Hall – Carrington – Buckberger – Shamis could be looked back upon as establishing a new Lehigh Basketball winning tradition.
My friends, we could be on the cusp of a whole new era. I come from a region where college football is king. But then something strange happened. The basketball team hired a great coach and began to win. And while football is still great…so is basketball!
I am hopeful that in the near future, the STAR will be packed with a wild student section, and filled to the rafters with college basketball fans.
Let it be so.March 6, 2010 at 4:45 am #1824
I question you optimism on attendance. If only about 300 students showed up Wednesday night, what more do they want? I think with the increase in the vaunted SAT scores, etc, we have a student body that is made up of more geeks and nerds than ever. Probably more students in the libraries Wednesday night than Stabler.March 6, 2010 at 5:15 am #1825
ngineer, I understand your pessimism. With Stabler virtually empty during such a great season, it may be hard to believe it can be otherwise. However, fans are like Missouri…they are looking to "show me". The basketball team may need to string together more than one championship season to erase the apathy. But I believe this program is on the right path and it will be done.
[*] We have three of the last four rookie of the years;
[*] Our freshman CJ is the player of the year;
[*] Freshman Knutsen is a talent and will get much better as he gains strength;
[*] Recruits McCarthy and Bailey will lead a strong new class next year;
Yes, Lehigh is a high academic school…but trust me, they are not always studying. Lehigh also has a national reputation as a party school. These are not all geeks and nerds!
College basketball is great fun. Stabler is drab and a pain to get to, but with a strong enough reason for fans and students to attend…it could become a rockin house.
It will not be this year and not next. But if the program stays on this track, as the movie line goes, "build it and they will come".
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