There is no doubt that the other PSU boards have been, are now and most likely will continue to be oriented toward football. That’s fine - football put PSU on the map and pays the bills. There does seem to be a surprising lack of knowledge of the strides the mens BB program has made under Ed and how difficult it has been.
Two recent comments reflect the above:
About a week ago, someone posted something to the effect that he hated this time of the year because there was nothing going on until the bowl game and then nothing until Spring football practice. My reaction to that was along the lines of “are you kidding?” We’ve got a pretty exciting mens BB team which won the NIT last year, upset MSU at MSU; finally won at Indiana; etc, etc. We’ve got one of the top players in the Big Ten and someone who will probably be on some AA teams this year. We recruited one of the top players in Texas (I don’t know that we’ve ever done that in football) and we finally have the depth to play the kind of uptempo game that Ed wants to play.
Several days ago, someone posted something to the effect that “Ed can recruit guards, but he can’t recruit big men.” (As if its as simple as "go out and recruit some big men and report back to us by 5:00 PM today). My reaction to that was to paraphrase something I heard about the NBA several years ago (The NBA is a league of 60 guards, 60 forwards and about six centers - a reference to the fact that good big men/centers were few and far between). The NCAA D-1 analog would be something like "Div. 1 NCAA hoops has 500 guards, 500 forwards, and about 25 centers. The 25 centers can go just about anywhere they want to. Anyone who follows hoops knows that the blue chippers won’t come here until we win consistently and we put some guys into the NBA. Sooner or later, Ed will get a late bloomer or a blue chipper who wants to play with our outstanding guards or someone who just likes the setup at PSU and we’ll be where we need to be.
There’s lots of good, sophisticated, knowledgeable football discussion on the other boards. Basketball - not so sophisticated and knowledgeable. Many of the posts are just so lacking in understanding of hoops that you don’t know where to start in replying to them. Lar has displayed the patience of a saint in his responses. I’m sure the situation will improve, but it will be a long haul.