UND08 Posted January 4 Share Posted January 4 I'll preface this by saying I went into this a huge Sather fan...and I think I still am. If UND makes a move after the end of this season, I won't be the least bit surprised to see Coach Sather go and have success at another school. You don't just elevate a program from nothing to National Title contender (BHSU) and then take a successful program and push it further (Northern) if you don't know how to coach. That being said...the portal (and how we've handled/adapted to it) has been a significant detriment to this program. I see one D1 and one D2 transfer into the roster, and a bunch of juco guys. Compared to what's transferred out, the talent deficiency is significant. Of course...if you were a transfer portal D1 talent...is UND a school you'd want to play at? It's cold, isolated, not overly successful and posessing very average facilities. This becomes an issue of if you cut bait on Sather, who are you going to get to replace him that's any better, based on the resources being put into the program? I wouldn't hold my breath for a miracle worker, because Sather had a pretty good resume coming into the job. Maybe he was just a "D2 coach" as some say...but I'd argue that Northern supports basketball at a higher level than UND does. They have a nicer arena, much better fan support, and a high-profile coach for a D2 school. This seems to be similar to the discussion on the football side with Bubba. Difference there in my opinion is that we support football at an average to above average rate in the FCS from an institutional level (although we lag far behind NDSU and SDSU so it doesn't feel that way). I don't think we come close to even average at the mid major level when it comes to institutional support for basketball, and we are "getting what we paid for" at some level. If I was evaluating our AD, this trend in perhaps the two most popular sports in this country would be a major issue. Can it be fixed? I don't know...hockey gets so much emphasis I'm not sure there's a stomach for anything more. But when I see the impact that building a solid mid-major basketball program has had on other schools in this country...it sure is awfully sour tasting to see us not even attempt to get there. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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