I agree with this. Does Uconn stay in-family in the first place? What outsider would be a good fit? Billy Donovan? Shaka Smart?
Originally Posted by JasonEvans
In addition to DePaul, other examples include Houston, Unlv and Notre Dame. Maybe Cincy post-Huggins. What these cases mostly had in common were a fanbase that didn't turn out to be all that large and/or devoted to basketball, the lack of membership in a major basketball conference (that would have provided teevee/recruiting exposure, natural rivalries, independent revenue streams etc) and a lack of "investment" from the school in perpetuating a strong basketball program. The latter means things like facilities, but also overall institutional giving-a-crapness. It's particularly a shame in DePaul's case, because it would have been relatively easy to build a new arena near campus around the time Ray Meyer was stepping down, and the void they left in Chicago sports has never really been filled.
I think UConn faces similar risks. I've never perceived the UConn fanbase to be that big, or that extant at all outside New England. It seems most fans are happy they have UConn basketball to follow when the Red Sox/Yankees/Mets/Celtics/Giants/Patriots/Rangers/whoever are in their relative offseasons but can get by if they're not there. What has the school, or Calhoun, done to perpetuate UConn basketball?
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