- July 31st, 2021, 12:22 am
"Moving the needle". Not sure what the measurement some of you see is for this and "success". But I do think we have the right people with the right experience to determine that. FYI...I don't think they post here. However, I do know that winning is the bottom line for fans. Exciting players plays a part. We need to keep fielding players like Malik Willis and others of his caliber and THAT is what draws the attention. That is what fans want to see. That's what gets the "buzz" going. And that's what draws attention to us. I can tell you, just in my small circle....several of my friends who are alumni from other colleges are now watching LU in football AND basketball. Why? Because the past two/three years have been about winning, bowl and NCAA appearances. Malik Willis played a large part of that, but so did the attention garnered by AGG in the last draft. These folks never thought twice about LU....until......back to back Cure Bowl wins! NCAA win over Miss. State! I would argue that also makes us attractive to conferences. Conferences that we truly have a chance of being a part of, and want to be a part of.
Scheduling? I trust Ian and our staff. I trust Ian and HCHF and their vision and ability. It will come. P5 equivalent? I could care less what we are considered. If we are going to make an impact and draw attention and increase our fanbase....it starts with winning ballgames and recruiting kids like Malik and some of our recent transfers (PS...the two are NOT mutually exclusive). That shakes the bush! That gets headlines. Reality has to play a role here. We are not going to be invited into the ACC or SEC no matter what we call ourselves. In the meantime, we resolve to what we are capable of at this point, and use our talent and strengths to continue a progression toward winning ballgames, attracting quality recruits, and spending money in our programs. The focus on LU the past two years has been amazing, and I would venture to say....beyond what many of us would have thought possible in such a short time. The folks we have over our athletics aren't "rookies". Assuming the present trend and implications dictate....LU is going to be successful. But trying to push us somewhere we aren't ready, capable, or compatible...that will yield nothing more than frustration on all sides. And that is not going to move the needle, at least, not in the direction we want.
At the end of the day, we have NO CONTROL over what the SEC, ACC, NCAA, or others do. We DO have control over what WE DO. And that is to win ballgames and making ourselves the most attractive commodity we are capable of. I think we have the right folks to do that, and I truly think they will have LU where LU needs to be for the future. In the meantime....I'm counting down the days till the first kickoff!