[quote=“TRLeader, post:7, topic:30091”][quote=“bleedsgreenandgold, post:2, topic:30091”][quote=“TRLeader, post:1, topic:30091”][quote=“NinerWupAss, post:100, topic:30050”]Love the quote about facilities. I have heard it from players parents as well - that our facilities are very nice and on par with the best in the country. They just are not as big. Blitch’s parents said our weight room is head and shoulders above Wake Forest and some other ACC schools. Sledge’s parents said of all the places he visited our facility was tops. I know we all get caught up in the size of the stadium, but we need to remember that when it comes to recruiting size of stadium is only part of it.
We need to expand in time…but there are many other more pressing priorities right now when it comes to football that needs our attention and our dollars!![/quote]
The only issues more pressing than an expansion are a recruiting coordinator and special teams coach. Each year we wait, that is another year we are behind.[/quote]
I still don’t understand how expansion is a pressing need if there’s no demand for the extra seats?
And stop with the recruiting argument. Recruits don’t follow stadium size (see the tweet that started this thread…our facilities are a recruiting advantage as is). This is another example of how size is not as important as most like to believe. But if it is…is there a formula? 20,000 seats=4 star recruits and 6+ wins. 40,000 seats=5 star recruits and 10+wins? Hell…if so…let’s expand to a 200,000 seat stadium and get every 10 star recruit in the galaxy and win 50 games per year!!!
Butts in the seats is what matters and we do not have the demand for any expansion right this minute. We need to spend money on building demand…not building extra seats. A bigger stadium costs a lot of money and the increase in size produces NOTHING in return. Other than space.
I would argue that we could spend that money in other areas that produce an actual immediate return on investment. Spending money on improving the gameday experience/product would create the demand for the expansion. We need to continue to build and add to the band, spending more money to add to and enhance the gameday experience, increased marketing efforts to students/alumni and the community. Improving the gameday product can actually create demand and a need for expansion. THEN, an investment in expansion would create a return.
Expanding without a better gameday product first is pissing money away that could be better utilized at this time.
Again…We do need to expand eventually. But we have other priorities and issues that need to be addressed first.[/quote]Spending money to promote a losing product is throwing money away. Nobody wants to engage with a loser.
I don’t know how much impact it truly has, but you have your head in the sand if you don’t think other schools aren’t using having the smallest FBS stadium against us in recruiting battles. Considering we have among the lowest rated classes in FBS and are seemingly struggling to even get commits right now, something is wrong with our recruiting. I’m sure losing Ratliff didn’t help there, but even before that, our recruiting has looked lackluster. Most of the guys we get commits from have few or no other FBS offers.
Getting Olsen was nice, and I feel like we can be a decent team this year if he’s a respectable QB, especially since we have Phillips, Bostick, and some other good receivers, but the cupboard looks pretty bare from my perspective for 2017 onward.