What's the best coaching job in the Horizon League? Jan 7, 2019 9:24:03 GMT -6 phearthephoenix likes this
Post by GBPhoenix1 on Jan 7, 2019 9:24:03 GMT -6
Athletics collects 63% of the segregated fee per semester. I doubt that % is going down much if any in the future.
On the basketball facility front it is hard to say GB isn’t in the top 4. Especially when you account for arena’s and practice facilities. YSU and UDM play in big dumpy high school gyms with no practice facilities. Oakland plays in a small high school gym with no practice facility, though the atmosphere can get loud due to the size, the building itself isn’t going to impress anyone. Milwaukee and IUPUI play in nicely renovated old arena’s off campus but have to share gyms for a practice facility. CSU plays in a decent building and has a decent practice facility but neither are as nice as the Resch or Dick Bennett gym. So that is top 4 right there for GB. From there you have UIC with an old and fairly average arena but nice practice facility, on par with GB in that regard. WSU plays in an old arena but has the best practice facility. NKU has the best arena and it doubles as the practice facility. I would put GB no worse than 3rd and maybe 2nd in facilities in the league for basketball. Plus having access to the Kress allowed PMI to give GB better dates for basketball. Look how much better the scheduling was this year, that wasn’t by accident in my opinion. Many of the arena’s around the rest of the league share their venues with other sports or concerts and didn’t have that same flexibility.
Here is where the rubber meets the road for me on this topic. The D1 coaches for GB have gone on to the Badgers, Toledo Rockets and Bradley Braves. Different levels but all have the financial support and fan interest to be strong. Other than Milwaukee with Ryan, Pearl and Jordan or WSU with Brownell most of the rest of the league has been the last head coaching stop for guys. Detroit (Watson, McCallum and Alexander), CSU (Garland, Rollie and Waters), YSU (Robich and Slocum) and UIC (Collins and Moore…soon to be McClain). I think NKU’s guy can move up soon. I think Kampe is an isolated case of guy just being happy where he is. I think IUPUI had a good coach who went to Georgia State but the replacement and now Gardner haven’t shown that much in that job. At the end of the day the GB program has figured out a way to be relevant and win games. It has people who care supporting it. Mix in the facilities and I don’t think it is one of the worst jobs in the league.