1st - Roebuck was an A-hole. Brewster isn’t by nature but he is being one. That didn’t work for Roebuck the last few years and it isn’t working for Brewster. Brewster trying to be one just comes across as a personal attack on the girls and if practices are like games is probably just creating a verbally abusive environment. Brewster’s ego has also inflated to the point of almost blowing his head off. He needs to remember he puts his pants on just like he did when he was an assistant. He is just sitting in a different desk. This is obvious to anyone that has interacted with him in both positions. He needs to deflate his ego, quit being an AH and be the coach most of us believe he can be. If he doesn’t I fear things will just get worse. We lost two players and how long will it take for word to get out?
2nd – UND needs to take all the DII banners out of the Betty and put them in the Alumni Center or somewhere, but get them out of the Betty. There were some very good/great DII teams, and I really enjoyed watching them, but if any of those teams had played a full DI schedule they would have been 50/50 or 60/40. That’s the life of a DI Mid Major. That is not a slam or insult toward any of those great teams, that’s just reality. UND has chosen to move to DI and constantly dragging the girls back into the DII era is not productive, and is probably just creating a negative environment.
3rd – I’ve read articles on most and talked to several of the girls and most of them got multiple DI offers. They then chose to come to UND, they didn’t have to come to UND. I think this group of girls can be successful but they need to be coached, not berated or belittled. If the guards don’t have the skill set then coach and teach them, they have the athletic ability. Our 3, 4, and 5 positions can play with many, many Mid Majors, not just the Big Sky, but they can’t be so afraid to make a mistake that all they can do is make mistakes. If a player, any position, makes a mistake on the floor they immediately look to the bench to see who is coming in for them, and someone is always sent in for them, rather than just working to overcome the mistake.
Secondly, if you think a team of Jenny Crouse, Katie Richards, Tiff/Jamie Pudenz, Kamie Winger, and all the others that existed on the run of titles would be a .500 team in the Big Sky, you couldn't be more wrong. Those teams would have won the Big Sky and possibly won a game in the tournament. SDSU has done it in the last 5 years and those UND teams were every bit as good as anything SDSU has had lately. Hard to take a person serious when you make that kind of a comment.
Houdek, Evers, Smart, Buck, either Gilette, Frydenlund, Siri, Roehrich, etc. NEVER had multiple DI offers. No way, no how. Bottom line is UND had to fill their roster when they were in transition and the easiest way to do that was to get area kids. No true DI players were coming to a school with no conference, no playoff hopes, and no chance to play for championships. Now, we'll see. You have a conference, you get an automatic bid if you win, and you've filled your staff with assts. to know Minn, Iowa, and other states to recruit from. Time will tell how good we'll be.
There will never be another national title banner to hang in the rafters. Appreciate what we did in DII. It won't happen again.