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- Mar 20, 2007
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Like I said, culture change is happening. The basketball team is starting to turn into the soccer team in terms of support. The players and coaches are going out of their way to interact with fans and tell them about games. Not sure what promotion has made a real impact on student attendance this year. Social media night? I dont see any way that drew students. It was more of a national publicity stunt to grab attention than anything, and it worked. Akron has not reached to the level of giving out 1000 free jerseys for attending a game, like OU just did recently. I do agree the OOC needs to improve more (it has been improving). Bigger names need to be added. BG just got MSU to come to the Stroh this year. Dont know how they did it. Akron's best OOC home opponent this year was MTSU, who is a good mid major, but frankly, I doubt hardly anybody knows about them, let alone wants to watch them.
Akron and OU need to get out of the MAC. The rest of the league is holding them back. Its a shame with how good each of these teams have been the past 2 years, only one can go to the tourney.
Scheduling better in state schools was a conversation we had with Groce when I was there. We ended up playing some decent teams we could travel to, but at the end of the day it is about money. They're going to make more money going to Xavier, Cinci, OSU (he refused to schedule though), Louisville, ect... then they would if they stayed at the Convo. Even though the Convo can hold a decent amount of people. OU doesn't really have the population around it to support it to be full all the time.
Not to mention outside of the school and a few other businesses the economy is shit.