[font=calibri][size=16px]My most recent email:[/size][/font]
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to reply to my previous email. I also respect the fact that you were willing to speak with the Observer regarding the state of the program, though I still think the person who gets paid a quarter million dollars per year to manage the athletic department should have been the one to do it.
[font=calibri][size=16px]While I completely agree that the entire body of work is important, including recruiting, APR, and student discipline issues, ultimately the Coach has to find a way to inspire players to exceed expectations and win basketball games. The fact that we had the worst point differential loss in program history (FSU), and lost to five of the worst programs in D-I basketball (Rice, UTSA, Tulane, College of Charleston, and Marshall) all in the same season is very telling of Alan Major’s lack of in-game coaching ability. [/size][/font]
[font=calibri][size=16px]He is not a person that connects with the fans, he’s not a person that inspires hope for the program in the media, and he clearly cannot motivate a quite talented team to step on the gas against inferior opponents. The expectations were rightfully raised when we showed what we were capable of in Puerto Rico, but for the fourth consecutive year under Major, we flamed out in February.
[font=calibri][size=16px]Fortunately, the contract you expect to honor (as do all parties when they enter into contracts with the best intentions) has a very favorable liquidated damages provision, which I sincerely commend you for negotiating into it. [/size][/font]
[font=calibri][size=16px]Because you have clearly made up your mind on this issue for the 2014-2015 season, on behalf of a weary, dwindling, and mostly apathetic fan base, I ask that you exercise that option next year if the season ends with any result other than an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The NIT is not good enough, and we should not reward it.
[font=calibri][size=16px]We whine, complain, and pout about how bad the program is, but we deserve better than the product we have seen on the floor. If anything, these whiny emails signify that there are a few of us left who care. I only hope the program gets turned around before all of these emails stop entirely.
[size=1.35em]Job W. Fickett[/size]