I see more agreement coming together than disagreement. I can't be sure yet but I do think that prestige and firing are somewhat correlated but I'll yield to those of you with more experience/information. The whole reason I got involved in this thread is I thought it was important to have the insight from someone realtively new to the game debating on their future with the game. I am looking to coach a good DIV I team and be successful and if that is not possible, there is no reason for me to buy another pack of seasons. I have no desire to coach (long-term) any DIV II or DIV III schools and it also appears to me that the engine works 'better' at the DIV I level. I provide a higher margin to WIS so I (and other new players) should be the target market for WIS. There are some other major issues preventing more newbies from sticking around (mostly in the lacking of updated and reliable information), but the prestige factor seems to be the major issue.
Tiyanni-- as I mentioned before, we are stating the same case with just a different perspective and never meant anything personally. I do take the comment,
"And Mercer can become the best program in the world. I have already said that in IBA, there are A-10 (I know it's B baseline, not D like Mercer) winning NCs. It's not impossible for midmajors to win NCs, just more difficult in D1."
as agreeing with my and others points. If it is more difficult to win a championship with Mercer, that means the oppositte is also true, that it is easier to win with Duke or NC (don't think anyone will argue with that) and that was the original point. To me, that lessens the "winning" of a championship with those teams so what's the point of winning when you know your competition is handicapped. I don't golf from the ladie's tee and then celebrate my victory over those playing from the men's box, and I would think to at least some level, you could see that logic. I understand your point (and mean nothing personal) that you want to play from the men's box and overcome those playing from the ladies box, but I don't think that is a way to retain new customers. Even when you do beat those others, it is not because you outcoached them or outbuilt them, but rather that you have coached well enough to join them in the ladies box while many others are still back a few yards. I am hopeful that makes sense. Becoming coach of those "favored" teams doesn't require being the best, as some examples here have illustrated, only that you are good and have paid, (i meant played so fruedian slip there but same thing really) more.
I love GoMiami's suggestions as a starting point and definetely never wanted to take anyone's game away from them as I hear terrible stories of what happens when someone has wrapped up their identity in a game and the developer's pull the plug.
Anyone on board with a world such as Go Miami suggested and using that as a starting world for new players? If you want to challenge the entrenched dynasties, you can always pursue one of the existing worlds but you would have the opportunity to start in a world where a more level playing field exists. I would like to see users be as proactive as possible in finding agreeable solutions to problems and then being able to present those to WIS in a united fashion. Rather than being normal Americans who gripe and point fingers, lets get together on this and help with change.
Have a good week all...