They Have Built It … Will They Come?

Forum Forum Lehigh Sports Lehigh Men’s Basketball They Have Built It … Will They Come?

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    lehigh90
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    It was mentioned in passing in another topic, but I thought it deserves it’s own heading.

    Will fans turn out at Stabler next season to see this team play?

    I am hopeful after this year’s run that the students will be motivated next season to watch this team play. A solid OOC might help increase interest and any walkup crowds. If they don’t come after the Duke win, in CJ’s senior season, I can’t think they will ever show up.

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    RichH
    RichH
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    One would hope that kids will start to actually come to Stabler. I do remember days not that long ago with the Hawk’s Nest crowd we had a loud and energetic student group

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    LU65
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    Wouldn’t it be nice if our first home game was on Saturday night, November 10th (fyi, we opened against St. John’s on Nov. 9th of last year). If it were, I’d like to see Lehigh Athletics make it the second half of a football/basketball double-header featuring Colgate in the afternoon at Goodman (our last football home game) and Lehigh basketball at night. Open it up to the public as a “2 for 1” admission deal and, of course, grant students free entry to both events. Now, if only we could get an opponent to come to Stabler that night. Rest assured, I have already planted the idea in the minds of the Administration.

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    lehigh90
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    I am starting to think that Devon Carter is going to be the critical piece to this program as far as its growth. We have one more year with this amazing CJ-led class. So, we know we will be successful next season. But, to build a real program, you have to have sustained success. So, we need another star to step in and fill the void when CJ graduates. Somebody to pass the torch onto. If DC is another superstar, you could have a great 7-8 year run with multiple NCAA appearances. Then, that could open the floodgates for recruiting. Something to keep us on the college basketball map for a sustained period, not just a blip of CJ success, then fade into oblivion. And, perhaps you get a coach to stay once it is built, so Bethlehem is not just a stopover in a career.

    I am hoping that Lehigh looks West to another private school of 4700 undergraduate students, with a 6500 seat arena, that plays in a traditional one bid league (until their success) for inspiration. Gonzaga. They were once irrelevant, started to have success, then everybody said, now nobody will play them, and now they play year in and year out a premier OOC schedule, and have had sustained success for 20 years. That should be our model.

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