Originally Posted by Redlegs23
In order to get that type of following for football I think there needs to be a big time bowl game involved. A 2nd tier bowl game will probably help attendance, but it won't push it over the edge. This success is obviously linked to recruiting, which is improving. In fact, just this morning we got a recruit who had offers from BC and Rutgers. Dantonio is moving this program in the right direction, but unfortunately many of the recruits are leaning in other directions after they come to campus and watch a game. Not so much because of the product on the field, but more because of the 10-15,000 attendance numbers and people just not caring about the program. Recruits just don't find that atmosphere too exciting when they can go somewhere else and have 60,000+ cheering for them every Saturday.
In my (fairly uneducated) opinion, UC will always have trouble recruiting in football simply due to the geographical competition of Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame et al; those football programs are never going away. But yes, it can improve.