While our Morgan Center is busy sending the students to the Siberia of Pauley Pavilion, other programs are busy trying to create a true home court advantage by putting the students first.
Before he has even coached a game at Oklahoma, Lon Kruger has a big goal in mind:
Instead of trying to earn his way into a fraternity, he’s trying to get members—and sorority sisters, too—back in the Lloyd Noble Center, making what’s often a half-empty arena into a noisy home court that gives Oklahoma an advantage.
Read the whole article, because I could really just paste the whole thing here and a lot of it would apply to UCLA almost word for word, despite the fact that Oklahoma doesn't have near the basketball tradition that UCLA does. I know CBH has made an effort to get students involved, such as his visits to fraternities, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.
In the span of one week, I have shown you three separate schools who are making major efforts to promote their basketball program: UNC, Michigan State, and now Oklahoma. Is there anyone at Morgan Center who is paying attention?
I will just leave you with one final quote from Lon Kruger:
“We’ve got to get students. Anywhere we’ve been around the country where there’s a great atmosphere in the building, the cornerstones are always the students,” said Kruger, who was hired April 1. “We’ve heard over and over since we’ve been here, just the student attendance, the student interest hasn’t been what we need it to be. So we set out with that being our No. 1 priority, our No. 1 target is to get students in the building.”
Ground Control to Morgan Center...do you copy?