Re: UC basketball vs. UC football
UC must carve a niche in recruiting football players. They must offer players early, and identify borderline academic recruits who are likely to make the grade. They can take some of the players that can't get into an Ohio State, Notre Dame, or Michigan. Dantonio has gotten better at doing this, but he needs more. Winning brings recruits more than anything else, UC should not be trying to compete with OSU, scUM, or ND for recruits, their competition should be the lower level B10 and SEC schools. These teams manage to recruit some great players, and with time UC can as well. Selling the opportunity to go to a bowl, and to be seen on ESPN, is a major advantage, over say an Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, etc. Recruits invision themselves playing in bowls, not sitting at home over Christmas break. The short term goal must be making bowl appearances a yearly occurance. Then the recruiting will pick up and after that you can begin discussing BCS bowls.
Whenever you get mad over a called strike or ball on a close pitch, it's the equivalent of being mad at the QB pump-faking one time before throwing a pass in your average NFL game. ---Caveat Emperor