- Mar 23, 2012
The other team that could make a real splash nationally once again is VCU. VCU returns four starters and 80 percent of their scoring from a team that was a basket away from a second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance. The Rams are another team that plays exceptional defense, although VCU does it in a different manner than Saint Louis. VCU does an incredible amount of pressing and trapping, leading to turnovers and a frenetic pace to their games in general.
Dr. Hunt,Had a chance to watch VCU practice yesterday and then have dinner with the team. I was super impressed that Ed McLaughlin believes that VCU basketball can become a national champion (sooner than later!). Ed's expectation is that we are good enough to achieve that goal. It is so good to hear that from our A.D. I am a firm believer that if you believe it, you can achieve it. It is good to know that our A.D. also believes that.
No you don't, otherwise you wouldn't have opened it.Dr. Hunt,
I hate open this can of worms .
Well not really. It proves that anyone can get to the Final Four. Butler came tantalizingly close in 2010. The people who end up winning it from year to year in the modern era are not just anybody. By and large those are blue-blood, elite level programs regardless of the increasing parity in college basketball.If VCU's Final Four run has proved ANYTHING, it's that ANY team can win the whole darn thing.
why not Us???
You may be entirely right, but for some reason I feel he believes it. At the risk at trying to get inside his head, I have the feeling that he is extremely pleased with what he has here at VCU. He said he had a vision of what it's like at VCU before he came, but the vision was amplified (my words) once he got here. He is super impressed with Dr. Rao and the support he has gotten. He has a great relationship with Coach Smart. He loves what he hears from the fan base and their support for the team. He is impressed with staff that he inherited and how talented they are. He believes we are in the right conference. He says that these are things that must be in place to have a championship.Dr. Hunt,
I hate open this can of worms . You've been VCU athletics supporter longer than anyone on this site and have better sense of people in the organization. Do you believe that Ed McLauglin statement concerning a National Championship was sincere or simply "pandering" to fans like a politician?
I think this is important because if (as some have suggested) the Athletics Department really stating propaganda, then there's no reason to listen to anything they at all.
DCDuck, you and I have not agreed on many things, but I will say that you are absolutely correct in the above statement. Character--and the values associated with it--have carried me when things are tough and not going my way. You have hit the nail on its head.Anyone who makes the NCAA Tournament can win a National Championship, strictly speaking.
As for it being feasible, I can't honestly look at programs like Kentucky, Duke, UCLA and Indiana and say that we can compete with them in terms of amenities, finances or sheer prestige. And truthfully, I don't want the specter of NCAA violations following every recruit we bring in, or having to fall back on the "plausible deniability" clause. I don't want us to become the next Mississippi State.
OR, you could not look at every single word uttered as a black/white issue, and take certain statements with a grain of salt.I think this is important because if (as some have suggested) the Athletics Department really stating propaganda, then there's no reason to listen to anything they at all.