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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
I think the point is, she had an opportunity to make an impact statement to set the tone, yet decided to bore her audience with trivial icebreakers she enjoyed with her staff.

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06-19-2017 09:24 AM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
(06-19-2017 08:05 AM)tribetime10 Wrote:  Agreed with NJ that this is just a puff piece. Getting SH into the community is a great thing, even if there's not a ton of substance. Keep in mind TD doesn't officially retire until next week.

Anyway, there's a bit of snark in this thread, so just to bring it back:

-Wi-Fi may not seem like a big deal, but I can distinctly remember connectivity being an issue when I was in school. That's been almost a decade ago, so I'm certain this is a bigger deal now that it was. Friends of mine that enjoyed going to Tribe sports would sometimes want to stay in their dorm for the top 5 match-up between School X and School Y.
-For diehards, Wifi isn't a big deal. But if you want to increase student attendance and get the more casual fan, stuff like this is important. (NFL stadiums are encountering this as well. Nearly every stadium now has bandwidth to support folks checking fantasy scores, streaming highlights)
-Wifi sponsorships are also a big opportunity to increase sponsorship revenue. Of course to be the official wifi sponsor, but also creates more engaging promotions with other sponsors. The easier access to social media at the games, the better.
-If you don't think that stuff is important, then we need to stop pretending to care about our coaches following recruits on Twitter.
-As for coffee or tea, I see this as the sign of a good manager. Seems like small potatoes (or tall lattes), but it goes a long way to learning your staff.

I haven't had the opportunity to meet SH yet, but I'm throwing support behind her to drive us forward. Even if it is just support of answers in a puff piece...

Well said and I agree. SH just started....folks need to cut her some slack and provide her with unconditional support until she has a fair amount of time to get acclimated.
06-20-2017 06:07 AM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
Agree 100% with last poster. This was just a local appearance and I believe did a fine job for someone just getting started in the job.

She has terrific credentials and folks I've known for years in the athletic department are very positive.

Until she proves otherwise let's give Ms Huge every support and skip the almost automatic cynicism and
throwaway remarks.
06-20-2017 11:38 AM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
Why shouldn't the swim team have an Aquatics center, it is one of the more consistent winning athletic programs. Think they've earned it.
06-20-2017 12:50 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
(06-20-2017 11:38 AM)BigTribe3 Wrote:  folks I've known for years in the athletic department are very positive.
Hey, I'm all about giving her time and judging her by her record--but this statement is as much indictment as it is exoneration.
06-20-2017 03:32 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
The wi-fi thing is low-hanging fruit but it is worthwhile.

My significant other stopped going to basketball games when Bruce Parkhill took his three-piece suit to Penn State so, unless I have guests in that extra seat, I am trying to catch up on other CAA games during timeouts.

It's simply something that shows some commitment to your athletics, especially for younger folks (and anyone with a smart phone).

I don't have a problem with the aquatic center, especially now that I understand the swimming program has "earned it". I want all W&M athletic programs to be successful.

All I want is for there to be a line on the Tribe Club donations page that says "FOR THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM AND ONLY THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM!"

It would also be nice if all our fans supported all our programs.
06-20-2017 03:44 PM
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
(06-20-2017 03:32 PM)Got Ribe Wrote:  
(06-20-2017 11:38 AM)BigTribe3 Wrote:  folks I've known for years in the athletic department are very positive.
Hey, I'm all about giving her time and judging her by her record--but this statement is as much indictment as it is exoneration.

Ok, my support for Huge aside, I laughed at this.
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
As long as donations for basketball are basically going to other sports, basketball will never make the strides it needs to.

And honestly, not that I have any significant amounts of money to give, but this is a huge turnoff to donate. How are you going to drum up donor support if only a small percentage of their donations are helping the program they want it to help?
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
(06-20-2017 08:39 PM)soccerguy315 Wrote:  As long as donations for basketball are basically going to other sports, basketball will never make the strides it needs to.

And honestly, not that I have any significant amounts of money to give, but this is a huge turnoff to donate. How are you going to drum up donor support if only a small percentage of their donations are helping the program they want it to help?

I get your frustration. We are right there with you. But, to be fair, if you make a gift to basketball, most (if not all) of the money goes to basketball, and you get recorded as being a basketball supporter.

Here is the rub: They can't guarantee that all of the funds will be used for basketball. And even more frustrating, I don't see any indication that increased donations will lead to an increase in the basketball budget.

As far as donating, you need to do what you are comfortable with. My suggestion at this point--if you want to support Tribe Athletics, give to the Tribe Club. The money given goes to pay for our scholarship athletes. We cantankerous ones, as a group, can continue to ask questions and push for reasoned decisions.
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RE: Samantha Huge Article / Williamsburg Gazette
But if I give to X, I want the budget of X to increase by the amount I give. Not have them move money in the amount of my gift elsewhere.

I also give to the Pep Band... now I wonder if that money is going elsewhere also. If my money is not adding money to their budget, then it is worthless :(
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