Originally Posted by Cedric
And how do you win? With constant top 30 recruiting classes. That's just not possible at this school. The program has zero tradition and not much in terms of aesthetics either. It's getting better, but it's still not the best. There are just too many potential options for the type of recruit that UC must get. They lose too much second tier talent to Miami and other schools.
That's defeatism. Why even have a football program in Division 1 if you don' think you can compete against the best? Many programs were worse off than UC is or has been and they turned into powerhouses. Up until the 50s or 60s Florida St. was a women's college. The University of Miami was not a powerhouse until the mid 80s. Recently, Virginia Tech has become a perennial powerhouse. Before the 90s two programs that were laughing stocks were Kansas State and Wisconsin. Kansas St. was losing to 1-AA schools at home. Wisconsin was pathetic. But they hired Bill Snyder and Barry Alvarez and have gone to multiple BCS bowls. You think it's hard to recruit football players at UC, try getting them to come to Manhattan, Kansas. Madison Wisconsin is a pretty nice place from what I've been told but there was no real tradition there before Alvarez came on board. Kansas St. had to recruit against all the Texas schools, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. and Nebraska. Wisconsin had to recruit against Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio St. and Iowa. Yet they managed to turn things around.
It's also easier now to build up a program. And it's not like UC is in the shape a Wisconsin or a Kansas State were. With scholarship limits and national TV exposure, not to mention being in a BCS conference, you have an opportunity to get some kids to come to your school. Athletes want two things from a school. Playing time and TV exposure. UC can give a kid who is wanting to go to tOSU an opportunity to play within the first couple of years he is there. If he goes to tOSU, he may have to sit on the bench for 4-5 years. Perhaps by the time he's a senior he can start but until then, he's going to have to cool his heels on the bench. Maybe he'll get on special teams but unless he is super talented, he's not going to play regularly very soon. At UC, he may redshirt a year but, as paint said, look at all the sophomores that are playing for UC now. With all the sports channels that are out there, a team like UC is going to be on national or regional TV a lot - especially if they are good.
I don't know if this will happen at UC but it's not impossible.