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RE: Dec 23. Georgia Tech coming to Bartow.
(Today 06:43 AM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  No excuses. We need to back up the talking and show up

AB, what are you talking about? So we've hired AK and that should be good enough for general fans to buy tickets and return to Blazers b-ball games now?
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I dont think the 50 people that regularly post on this board is going to accomplish much. There's casual fans in Birmingham who aren't even familiar with Andy Kennedy. Winning and putting an entertaining product on the court is how you draw the students and the casuals needed to get the program back to even 2016 levels. I think AK is certainly capable of this. His hire will likely bring back the core fan base that dropped off after Ehsan drove our program into the ground, but he's still gotta win if he wants to get this towns attention.
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UAB fans said they are staying away until there was a coaching change. Now let’s see if we show back up. Not just for games like Georgia Tech but for say Troy.

I hope we average more than half full all season but I am not convinced we will. Even when we have put a good product on the floor we have disappointed more games than not. Oh and I’m not just talking about people that post on this board. It’s time we take ownership back on this program like we have done with football. For every good crowd I can point out five bad ones. It’s time we start acting like a big time program in everything we do. I know AK will do his part. Will we step up and finish funding new basketball facilities and put money into recruiting? Will we show up more times than not? We don’t have a coach to blame now. It’s on all of us in BlazerNation.

I’ll be shocked if we have a sellout this season and I’ll be shocked if we average more than 5,000 a game. Pleased but shocked.

Prove me wrong BlazerNation. Please prove me wrong.
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(Today 09:43 AM)BlazintheAtl1 Wrote:  I dont think the 50 people that regularly post on this board is going to accomplish much. There's casual fans in Birmingham who aren't even familiar with Andy Kennedy. Winning and putting an entertaining product on the court is how you draw the students and the casuals needed to get the program back to even 2016 levels. I think AK is certainly capable of this. His hire will likely bring back the core fan base that dropped off after Ehsan drove our program into the ground, but he's still gotta win if he wants to get this towns attention.

I agree. People who wanted a coaching change saw the program was in decline and wanted that trend reversed. Now hopefully we have that coach that will put the program back on an upward trajectory. But simply just hiring a new coach is not going to get the general fan back to Bartow Arena. But it is critical that the student body gets involved and behind Coach AK. If the student body gets excited about basketball again, then others on campus will follow.
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(Today 09:43 AM)BlazintheAtl1 Wrote:  I dont think the 50 people that regularly post on this board is going to accomplish much. There's casual fans in Birmingham who aren't even familiar with Andy Kennedy. Winning and putting an entertaining product on the court is how you draw the students and the casuals needed to get the program back to even 2016 levels. I think AK is certainly capable of this. His hire will likely bring back the core fan base that dropped off after Ehsan drove our program into the ground, but he's still gotta win if he wants to get this towns attention.

Casual fans of what? College Basketball? Those in town would certainly know who AK is. Not from his playing days at UAB, but from the fact that the media is so SEC-centric and he was a long time HC at Ole Miss. Not to mention his 2 years on the SEC network.

Casual fans of UAB? Most should know of Andy Kennedy, even if they aren't old enough to have seen him play.

Any other type of casual fan would be those that would jump on the bandwagon if the program gets rolling.
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(Today 12:47 PM)blazerjay Wrote:  
(Today 09:43 AM)BlazintheAtl1 Wrote:  I dont think the 50 people that regularly post on this board is going to accomplish much. There's casual fans in Birmingham who aren't even familiar with Andy Kennedy. Winning and putting an entertaining product on the court is how you draw the students and the casuals needed to get the program back to even 2016 levels. I think AK is certainly capable of this. His hire will likely bring back the core fan base that dropped off after Ehsan drove our program into the ground, but he's still gotta win if he wants to get this towns attention.

Casual fans of what? College Basketball? Those in town would certainly know who AK is. Not from his playing days at UAB, but from the fact that the media is so SEC-centric and he was a long time HC at Ole Miss. Not to mention his 2 years on the SEC network.

Casual fans of UAB? Most should know of Andy Kennedy, even if they aren't old enough to have seen him play.

Any other type of casual fan would be those that would jump on the bandwagon if the program gets rolling.

I follow college basketball and I can't tell you the current basketball coach of any SEC team other than Bama, Auburn, and UK. I follow CUSA basketball much closer and I can't tell you the name of any league coaches except for AK, Stansbury, D'antoni, and Jeff Jones. I think you're overestimating how much knowledge casual fans have. Id venture to say most casual fans, even of SEC schools, don't sit around watching college basketball shows on the SEC Network. Casual UAB fans who weren't around during the 80s or weren't around when Bartow was coaching may not know the history of the program and all of the great players from the 80s.
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