Sorry for the long title… wasn’t sure what to call this thread.
So… over the past few days, I’ve seen a lot of posts stating how “this is just a forum, what is said on here doesn’t matter” and stuff to that degree. I can link to a few of these posts, but I’m sure no one will disagree with the fact that it is being said, and is an opinion that is held by quite a few people on this forum.
That being said, is it a true statement? As many of you know, I am a devout Seton Hall fan. Like every (?) D1 college basketball school out there, there is a Rivals forum for the respective schools. A majority of Seton Hall basketball discussion is done on this forum (over 95% of online SHU discussion is done here). Following SHU’s first round loss in the 2006 NCAA tournament, many forum members were pulling for the firing of Louis Orr, and his replacement by Gonzalez (not at the same time, but they wanted Orr gone, then pushed for Bobby). The two actions I just stated, were both performed by the University. With the firing of Gonzalez recently, many members have stated how they feel they should stay out of the coaching search this time. There has also been statements by some local (NJ) news sources how the University is going to stray from the “grass roots” hiring of Gonzalez and make their own decisions this time… not that the Gonzo hire was completely grass roots.
Taking this into account, from what I can see, the Rivals member pool for SHU is much more connected to their team than this forum. This could also be a major glitch in the system, since I don’t know if other coaches were hired from the influence of a fan base / online fan base (although one could argue these titles are interchangeable).
I just wanted to put it out there that it is POSSIBLE that we have an influence on this program. Its not an easily dismissable idea, since I know from first hand experience that it has been done before… Additionally, I’m only taking a 5 year span and one program into account here. I don’t know the hiring history of all 300+ D1 basketball schools. However, I think the connections that those posters had with the program was a major variable in the hiring.
Just my anecdote on the situation.