Posted by kmasonbx on 8/20/2011 11:39:00 AM (view original):
Girt, I just don't buy the idea that non BCS schools don't have a chance at putting together a team that has a chance to compete. Like was posted a little earlier Illinois-Chicago made the Final 4 in Knight. If there were a few conferences in every world with 8+ humans I guarantee it would be a common thing to see a couple of teams in the Sweet 16, 1 in the Elite 8 and every few seasons 1 slipping into the Final 4.
100% reward points in D2 and D3, and people perceiving recruit generation as dismantling all chances mid majors have of competing are what caused the current situation not that mid majors actually have no chance.
First of all, I'm not saying that non-BCS schools have no chance to put together a team that can compete. You are too caught up in saying things like "no chance" and "impossible". It's not impossible. No one is suggesting that.
The problem is that it became exponentially
harder to do so after the change to recruit generation. And that change made a large number of people feel that it was simply too difficult to compete in a meaningful way any more. It's not impossible, but it is much harder -- and the exodus from DI shows that people believe it was made too difficult, and that the difference between the haves and have nots is too large.
Those are facts that speak for themselves.
You're talking to someone who specifically left his D2 dynasty (four titles in seven seasons) to take a D+ non-BCS team and actively recruited people to join him. So obviously I relish the challenge and think that there are some coaches out there with the ability to do it.
But that doesn't change the reality for most people, which is that WIS made a drastic change to recruit generation that chased people out of low and mid DI. The change was awful for HD, and really the death knell for DI.
8/20/2011 2:11 PM (edited)