Originally Posted by dabvu2498
I'd almost swear I remember pictures of one of the Chuck Hayes era teams in France or Greece or somewhere in Europe. I can't be 100% certain on that, but some memory of that does stick out. Could be totally wrong too.
Some teams don't go because of budgetary concerns. Stallings had to pay for Vandy's trip last summer out of his own pocket because the money wasn't in the budget.
I'd say, however, primarily some coaches wouldn't want to risk injury, particularly this close to the start of "real" practice.
If Brandon Knight blows out a knee in Canada, UK fans will be singing a different tune about summer trips.
I went to bigbluehistory.net to see if they listed any foreign games during Hayes time. I couldn't find any. That's a very extensive site. It does not list the exhibition games from the time period. Hayes may have been on a national team at that time.It does list the Italy trip in 1995. I also found one when Joe B took his 1975 team to Australia. They played 19 games on that trip and lost only two of them. I'm sure costs are a big reason that make these trips much harder. I read somewhere this trip was only costing UK $35,000. So you may only see trips to Canada in the future.
As far as injuries, that's a good point. But a player could blow his knee out just as easy in a pick up game or in AAU games. Injuries are just something I don't worry about. If they happen, they happen. Frustrating, but nothing you can do about them when they happen.