Aaron Strumpf, Rob Toole | Friday, February 19, 2010
As loyal members of the Leprechaun Legion, we have decided that the mediocrity of Notre Dame Men’s Basketball must be uncovered. For too long now, Notre Dame Basketball has been anything but impressive. The Irish basketball squad has made one Final Four appearance in its entire history. The team has not made it past the Sweet 16 in 29 years. Fourteen of those years, they did not even get invited to the tournament. We have the 12th largest budget in the Big East. Our facilities are improving, but still not state-of-the-art. Fundamentals have taken a backseat to offensive showboating. Neither heart nor defense exists, as seen from our recent losses to Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Louisville. The only players that show any amount of well-rounded talent are Tory Jackson, as alumnus Joe Schueller aptly stated in his opinion “Celebrate Tory Jackson,” and the freshmen, who show more heart than some of our senior captains. To those that actually care about men’s basketball, like we do, shouldn’t we find it odd that only the football program changes direction after three to five years of mediocrity? Would it not make sense for the basketball program to do the same?