All reasonable points, and I don't actually think we disagree, per se. I think our assumptions are different.J.J. wrote: ↑Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:56 pm4-3,
You make a fair point and you are correct this is not just a CCSU problem, it is an NCAA issue. I respect your take and certainly think we have to put the entire schedule in perspective. This issue isn't new to D-I basketball and it has been going on for years at many other schools.
HOWEVER, this is now negatively impacting Central's basketball schedule and we don't have to like it. Just because our friends and peers are doing it, doesn't me we should! I'm not suggesting a boycott or anything to reflect poorly on the school or the team, but I think we should speak up and let them know we don't want to schedule these games in the future.
Central Connecticut is a blue-collar school that has ALWAYS tried to punch above our weight class. It is in our DNA and the previous schedules of Kaiser, Detrick, and Dickenman. We want to schedule and compete with the best the NCAA can offer. We don't want moral victories or cheap wins. We watch the games for the competition and want to dream big.
As far back as the 1935-36 season, tiny Connecticut Teachers College in just its 3rd intercollegiate season faced a "major" program - Brooklyn College. In March of 1947, Central Connecticut lost by just 6 points to Holy Cross before they would go on to win the NIT. In the late 1940s and 1950s, "major" programs were part of our small-college, regional schedule - Scranton, Siena, Valpo, St. Francis (NY), Miami (FL), and Iona. More recently, for the past 20+ years, we've very rarely had to schedule non-DI teams. Why is that - was Howie and the former ADs that good at scheduling?
I respect the people in the Athletic Department, but I absolutely think we must be more creative and more aggressive at scheduling. If the only option is taking more $$$ games, then that is certainly a better solution hosting junior colleges teams! I'm not suggesting we schedule like a MEAC/SWAC team and barnstorm through the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC. But I much rather see us take more road game for $$$ against "mid-majors" from the MAC, MVC, MWC, or WCC without a return home game.
What happened to the Mohegan Sun Classic at Detrick? How about offering to "host" a return game at Mohegan Sun Arena instead of taking a paycheck from a major? Signing a home/home series with Yale, Fairfield, or Quinnipiac - don't they need home games too? Try getting a home/home deal with a team that is traveling to UConn for a $$$ game, like we did with Florida International some years back?
Finally, if we concede we need to fill out a schedule with one lower-division opponent, than we should pick regional schools that fans/alumni/old-timers recognize. I find it embarrassing to the history of the program that we are willing to schedule a branch campus of the Pennsylvania State University that is not even a NCAA member. I rather send the $$$ to D-III WestConn or Eastern. Bring in Coast Guard or Trinity. We haven't played Southern Connecticut since 1985-86 season. Bottom line, there were certainly dozens of better options than scheduling D-III Pine Manor.
I do wish we had 13 D1 games on the schedule. But i'm making the assumption Donyell Marshall wanted to, and tried to, schedule 13 D1 schools.
My assumption is that whoever had their hands in making the schedule (Marshall, administration) tried to schedule Yale, Quinnipiac, Fairfield, and other regional D1 programs. Fairfield has two NEC programs on its schedule, LIU on 11/13 and Wagner on 11/16. We play UMass-Lowell on 11/13, and it's reasonable that date was set in stone, and on 11/16 CCSU will be in Jamaica. Quinnipiac is beginning what I believe to be a home-and-home with St Francis (PA), and it's also reasonable that QU simply doesn't want to schedule CCSU. Yale does play at Bryant, but who knows; none of those schools have non-D1's on the schedule, so it doesn't look like any of them got desperate schedule-wise.
Now if we find out that CCSU turned down D1 games in order to schedule these two non-D1s, then I will not be happy. But absent that, assuming they made every effort to fill their schedule with only D1s, I'm not sure what else they were supposed to do.
Morale of the story; these games stink. I bet the coaches and players feel the same way.