Ammaker is a snake. And, the NCAA appears to be on him.
..."prioritizing success" for hockey that Notre Dame is not doing with respect to basketball?
I do not know it for a fact.
However, I would also suspect that Tommy Amaker also got a little more latitude with basketball at Harvard. His pedigree from Duke would allow him to probably recruit better than the other Ivies...but the quality of his team is probably a function of a little more tolerance...probably not a lot but a little more tolerance can mean that 1 or 2 kids...the difference makers. Maybe the standards are exactly the same...if that is the case then I have to tip my hat to Mr. Amaker and retract my comment.
Coach Holtz was able to get some exceptions to ND's then admissions requirements that turned out well...Tony Rice and Chris Zorich... and they graduated in very good shape.
of a practice facility.
In 2007, it was announced that the rink would undergo a $23.5 million renovation which would include approximately 13,000 square feet (1,200 m2) of varsity operational space as well as a complete renovation of the facility, including new men's and women's varsity locker rooms, training and strength and conditioning rooms, an added press box, a lower level hockey heritage area, offices for coaches of both programs, a student-athlete study area, new lights, as well as a sound system and de-humidification unit. The lower level interior would also be decorated with photos displaying the history of Yale hockey. These renovations by Roche-Dinkeloo were completed in 2009.
(Credit to the poster who mentioned this in the thread about Stanford naming coaching positions for the wealthy alums who endowed them)
I love ND and we certainly do a great job of graduating alums who do very well financially, but we're nothing like the old money billionaires from Yale or Stanford's new money guys who can write 8 figure checks. John Arrillaga alone has given 100MM+ to Stanford, both for athletics and regular students, and they also have alums like Phil Knight plus a whole bunch of other billionaires who also often live nearby. Yale pretty much defines old money along with Harvard and Princeton, and also probably has a lot of 9-10 figure alums who live nearby.
That said, while we don't need a palace like what UT built, there's no excuse for our teams to be practicing in a gym comparable to CYO facilities. Even without a lead donor like the Gug, Compton, or Arlotta, there has to be some middle ground we can take, particularly given both teams' strong performance and the conference move.
a sport where you need 25 players but only have 11 1/2 scholarships? What kind of financial aide package is available to Irish baseball players? Because for a lot of players the difference between the cost of attending ND on a partial scholarship vs going to a state school on a partial scholarship is quite a bit and no doubt many will chose to stay home and go to the state school. Has to hurt us in recruiting in addition to being a Northern school.
College baseball teams have a lot more pitchers than a major league roster does.
The current rules in baseball are that if you're on a scholarship, it has to be at least a 1/4 scholarship. That's not the case in other sports such as lacrosse or swimming.
does ND have an attractive financial aide package for partial scholarship recipients that make coming to ND less of a financial decision for the family. That seems to be a factor in Yale having an excellent Hockey program. Athletes don't compete with regular pool, which is what we do here as well. But also they have very attractive financial aide packages that make the decision to attend Yale not really about the money.
It's hard for a private school to compete with in-state tuition, especially when the state school is in a state with lots of talent that can use in-state tuition rates. A half-scholarship to Florida or even Cal-Fullerton leaves a fairly small tab for a home state baseball player compared to half of a ride to Notre Dame. It's one of the reasons Florida, Texas, California, and any states that have reciprocal agreements with them have consistently better baseball programs than the rest of the country. Weather is another reason, but weather is one of the reasons some states have more talent in the first place.
Northern schools live and die on their ability to use their scholarships on good pitchers. Competing is a matter of getting as many of the top pitchers who already live in cold climates and convincing a southerner to pitch up north every once in a while.
Manieri usually had good pitching when he was at ND. Schlage never did, and I'm waiting to see what Aoki does,
This has no bearing on fontoknow's point, but Yale reinforces the notion that single-elimination tournaments are often a total crapshoot.
Yale was the last at-large team in the tournament whose bid was secured only by virtue of ND beating Michigan in the CCHA title game (thus denying UM an automatic bid). Only Canisius (an auto-bid winner) was seeded below Yale.
Six of the last seven men's basketball national champions entered the NCAAs as 1 seeds, and all seven were on the highest seeding line entering the Final Four (including 3rd-seeded UConn in 2011).
Only three of the last seven hockey national champions were 1 seeds.
QU was one of the weaker #1 teams I've seen. If you look at the teams' seasons using a Bradley-Terry rating system, you would say that Yale had a 33% chance of beating QU in the title game (or you would expect them to win one out of three games against the Bobcats). #1 seed in their region (#4 overall) ND was only about 55% to beat their first-round opponent.
Another format might have reduced the carnage a little, but I think this was a year that was guaranteed to have a crazy tournament. There were no great teams.
One and done has greatly leveled the landscape. Mason, VCU, Butler (2X), and Wich St all show that fact.
ND had 2 losses (Ole Miss and Duke) and 1 win (UW-M) that easily could've the other way in MB's first 3 years. Other than XU and, maybe, ODU, that trend has been lacking in the last 6 appearance. There have been, IIRC, 4 losses in which ND trailed by 20+ pts in that span.
It's not the 2-6 record that's problematic in and of itself. It's the size of the losses and the seeding of the opponents that makes that record problematic.
My comment was solely about hockey, and I took the post I was replying to the same way.