After reading all of the comments, concerns, gripes and bitches about this program, my first thought was to jump back in (yes, I have complaind too) and add more fuel to the fire. Instead I am going to take more of a realistic approach to the problem. Since GU stormed onto the scene in the late 90's people have been jumping on the bandwagon. Why? It wasn't winning National Championships or making it to the Final 4. It was the underdog small school that very few people heard about, making it to the NCAA tourney and winning a couple of games. Having the hope that some way they could pull off another upset. These guys that put us on the map were the "Zag Material" kind of guys that everyone talks about today. Guys that stuck around for 4 years. They were not ALL blue chippers or Parade All-Americans. Most of these guys were ignored by major conferences. Guys that wanted to prove something. They were team players that worked hard and paid their dues. Guys that we could relate to. They had unity and were damn proud to be a Zag.
So what then has changed that has us all up in arms? I will give you my two cents worth. GU has gotten to big. We are sort of in this in between phase, and have been for a few years now, where we are not considered a mid-major and never will be a high-major. We now attract a different class of recruit. One that has interest from high-majors. It then puts us in a dilemma of having to go after these guys only to repeatedly loose out in the end. The guys we do get expect to play right away and if they do not, they want to leave. You can't blame coaches for going after the best kids. Except for the first year of "The Run", Coach few has been in charge. Nobody hated him 10 years ago. The problem is not the program, it's the fan. We win the same amount of games and go to the "Big Dance" as often as we did ten years ago. We are not NC, Duke or Kansas. Never will be. We simply cannot compete with them off the court. Except it! Let the recruits leave that do not want to be here because nothing we say or do is going to change that. Love your favorite Zag for better or worse and enjoy the program. If you have not seen GU's "Decade of Excellence" DVD, watch it. it may renew your spirits. If you can't except winning 20-plus games a year, going to the NCAA tourney and winning a game or two, maybe you should trade in your GU hat for a NC hat. I'm sure they have a Blog too.