To this. For one, as you stated, EBMB was the Athletic Director then. For another, LSU's program was clearly a step above ND's in baseball. I'm not certain that's the case with Virginia lacrosse as compared to ND. In fact, right now I'd say ND's lacrosse program is in better shape than Virginia's. Virginia's advantages over us right now are limited to tradition and location, with each dwindling in significance with each passing year.
None of this is meant to diminish Virginia's program, but merely to acknowledge that our program is in better shape than we often realize.