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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2017/2018 - Umile's Last Stand - The Grand Finale

    People I know who quit coming who had season tickets forever through the hey day just couldn't take it anymore. They felt it was not so much losing some games but they felt the teams were not progressing much throughput the season and they were tired of it.

    They felt badly as they loved the atmosphere at the 'Whitt, the loved and supported the players but enough was enough. (they didn't need a special deal on hot dogs to be happy and btw...that doesn't fill the seats). While there are many reasons why fans stop coming to games of course especially today when you can watch it online etc so I get that.

    Anyway...they plan on returning when Coach Souza takes over. It's those people you want to get back in the seats; those fans bleed blue too!!!! What do you have to do to be considered a fan? Seriously if it's going to come down to money theirs (those who think poorly of my posts) and my money is just as green.

    It's because we care about the program we have an opinion that is out out for all to see? I thought it was already evident.
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    Have no idea how I escaped 1932ís wrath but his succession of rants sound eerily similar to the type of stuff that I used to hear come out of Scaranoís mouth when he wasnít happy. When I was on the FOH board and doing the newsletter, a couple of times Marty called me up and started giving me a ration. During one of these calls I waited for him to catch his breath then reminded him that I was a volunteer, one giving an inordinate amount of my time that I could easily put to equal or better use as a husband, father, and business owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    People I know who quit coming who had season tickets forever through the hey day just couldn't take it anymore. They felt it was not so much losing some games but they felt the teams were not progressing much throughput the season and they were tired of it.

    They felt badly as they loved the atmosphere at the 'Whitt (they didn't need a special deal on hot dogs to be happy and btw...that doesn't fill the seats).

    Anyway...they plan on returning when Coach Souza takes over. It's those people you want to get back in the seats; those fans bleed blue too!!!! What do you have to do to be considered a fan? Seriously if it's going to come down to money theirs and my money is just as green.

    It's because we care about the program we have an opinion that is out out for all to see? I thought it was already evident.
    Tough to define what a "true fan" is but I'd like to think I may flirt with rising to that level.

    1) Saw my first UNH Men's game in 1967.
    2) Sold hot dogs in the corner of Snively while the organ played above me during 1968-1969.
    3) Bought my first season tickets in 1968 .... saw some not so good years and .... some very good years
    4) Attended memorable away games.
    5) Went to probably 95% of the home games until the start of the 2013-2014 season when I gave them up.
    6) When I renewed my season football tickets I informed the office personnel I might come back for hockey in 2018-19. Little effort made to find out from me why I had walked away. I would have mentioned the leadership surrounding the program.

    I remember a Foster's article where the HC said he was retiring (2008?). Maybe it can be located? I have wondered for years where UNH hockey would be today if that had occurred ..........

    At this stage I can only say .... "Thanks for the Memories".... and maybe, just maybe, we will pass that way again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonar View Post
    Tough to define what a "true fan" is but I'd like to think I may flirt with rising to that level.

    1) Saw my first UNH Men's game in 1967.
    2) Sold hot dogs in the corner of Snively while the organ played above me during 1968-1969.
    3) Bought my first season tickets in 1968 .... saw some not so good years and .... some very good years
    4) Attended memorable away games.
    5) Went to probably 95% of the home games until the start of the 2013-2014 season when I gave them up.
    6) When I renewed my season football tickets I informed the office personnel I might come back for hockey in 2018-19. Little effort made to find out from me why I had walked away. I would have mentioned the leadership surrounding the program.

    I remember a Foster's article where the HC said he was retiring (2008?). Maybe it can be located? I have wondered for years where UNH hockey would be today if that had occurred ..........

    At this stage I can only say .... "Thanks for the Memories".... and maybe, just maybe, we will pass that way again.
    Anyone, esp a long time STH like yourself, should have received some kind of "exit" interview as to why you were not renewing. Not hard to do; heck when you unsubscribe from an online ad you've been receiving you have to jump through a few hoops.

    Although to be fair there was that email survey of a couple of years ago that did ask fans what they wanted. Anyway...in the end I guess if you are posting here and you aren't thrilled with the PP that you aren't a good fan?...I'd say that by your list you have done your part...

    Ok done with this; let's see what we get in these last few games...Go 'Cats!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Anyone, esp a long time STH like yourself, should have received some kind of "exit" interview as to why you were not renewing. Not hard to do; heck when you unsubscribe from an online ad you've been receiving you have to jump through a few hoops.
    I had four season tickets. Two reserved seats from the day the Whitt opened and two additional purchased for the varsity club in 2006. I had them until 2013 and then I cancelled all four tickets. UNH never contacted me about dropping the tickets. I was very surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    Have no idea how I escaped 1932’s wrath but his succession of rants sound eerily similar to the type of stuff that I used to hear come out of Scarano’s mouth when he wasn’t happy.
    Wouldn't it be fun if BS35+5 donned an alter ego/sock puppet, and came on here to defend himself?

    Way more likely he'd "hire" two interns to do it for him, then "fire" them for reporting back the negative stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoreboard View Post
    I had four season tickets. Two reserved seats from the day the Whitt opened and two additional purchased for the varsity club in 2006. I had them until 2013 and then I cancelled all four tickets. UNH never contacted me about dropping the tickets. I was very surprised.
    I was a season ticket holder from the opening game at the Whit, that after weaseling my way into most games at Snively for 20 years. We gave them up last year mostly based on logic. Why should I pay good money after bad when the ticket office had promotions where you could buy two seats for twenty bucks and get hot dogs and pizza to boot. There was many a season where, if UNH played 40 games, I went to 35 or 36. Iíve been to just about every rink in the east and a fair share of the ones out west. The last two years Iíve probably been to 10 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darius View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    I was a season ticket holder from the opening game at the Whit, that after weaseling my way into most games at Snively for 20 years. We gave them up last year mostly based on logic. Why should I pay good money after bad when the ticket office had promotions where you could buy two seats for twenty bucks and get hot dogs and pizza to boot. There was many a season where, if UNH played 40 games, I went to 35 or 36. Iíve been to just about every rink in the east and a fair share of the ones out west. The last two years Iíve probably been to 10 games.
    My wife and I have held season tickets since the Snively era, and four tickets a year at the Whit. We used to go to virtually every home game each year, and used to belong to FOH and even Center Ice, when that was around.

    Sadly, the program has declined so dramatically that we often do not attend, although I am sure those season tickets are included in the reported attendance number. For the first time ever we are seriously thinking of dropping our tickets. It is fun to go out to dinner and see friends among the fans, but so sad to see what has happened.

    The big concern now is what happens next. I am afraid that Souza is being put forward too early in his career, and will struggle for years. Despite what 1932 has said, I, and most of the fans I speak with, feel very much like Dan, Chuck, Greg and others on this post. Very sad about what has happened to a once-proud program, and very worried about what is to come.

    If we stay with Souza, I would hope that someone has the wisdom to add strong support like Coach Lassonde to the team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Here are some facts for the UNH Administration - presented without opinion - who thinks those of us who post on this board don't understand the reality around the program and are unduly negative...

    Prior to the 2003-04 season (and I have the media guide right in front of me) UNH Hockey - despite facing many of the same budget and facility 'disadvantages' they face now was the second winningest program in NCAA Hockey over a five year span. They won games at a .725 clip over that period, second only to Michigan State. They won more than Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Denver, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, BU and BC.

    Over the last five years their winning percentage was .457. Over the last three years it was .408. This year it's .406. This year per PWR and despite an easy schedule they're worse than everyone not named American International, Farris St, Niagara, Alaska, Alabama Huntsville, Arizona St, Lake Superior, Brown, RPI, St Lawrence and Anchrage...

    In 2002-03 UNH led hockey east and was seventh in the country with an over capacity average attendance if 6,664 per game. The season ticket waiting list was over 900 people.

    This year they 'average' 4,382 fans - but as someone who has watched all the home games online it's clear that number has been fudged like no number ever before and is more like 2,000-2,500. Anyone disagree...?

    From 1996-97 to 2012-13 UNH made 15 NCAA Tournaments in 17 years.

    In the last five years they've made zero - and haven't been close.

    I'm the first 23 years of Umile's career at UNH the program produced 24 All-Americans. In the last five years they've had 2. In the next five years, they'll be lucky to match two. Counting this year - those two AAs will also be the only two UNH players to make an All-HE team.

    The same administration and coaches have essentially presided over UNH that entire time. But sure - nothing has changed and nothing is wrong. Keep doing what your doing. You're knocking it out of the park and we're just a bunch of nut-cases making stuff up.

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    A TRUE FAN, 1932, is like a true friend. They'll be upset about what is happening and stand by the team. They'll hold you accountable and tell you what you NEED to hear and not what you want to hear. They tell the truth. The fans on this board are the true fans. Period.

    The athleric department and coaches have buried their heads in the sand while they've buried the program. IT IS THEIR WORK THAT HAS PRODUCED THESE RESULTS - not chatter on these boards. Time to stop pointing the finger, ignoring feedback, creating excuses and surrounding yourselves with enablers who will tell you only what you want to hear. And I don't care if you like me saying that - that's the truth and you need to realize that, address it and get better. The alternative is things just continue to get worse and I get louder...

    It's one thing to laugh at Billb when he says Umile's turtleneck is the reason they didn't finish off a title season. There are legitimate points and critiques being made on this board today. Ignore them at your own peril...

    The drivel 1932 posts might as well come right out of their mouths - tell me different - and indicates that AD is doing very little to help the Souza now or moving forward, as well as he fact that the coaches still don't even understand the depths to which they've sunk the program...
    Let me say this I have seen over 250 Hockey East games since 1984 and have been to the Whit over 25x. I went prior to DU tenure as HC and I will still go after he retires. I consider it to be one of the tabernacles of college hockey, with awesome fans and a generally great product. Your complaints while noteworthy have little to do with UNH and a lot to do with the landscape of college hockey. BU without Jack Parker reminds me of Indiana without Bobby Knight. BC will likely go the same route when Jerry finally decides to hang it up too. Maine hasn’t been relevant in years PC, NU and UMASS Lowell have had a resurgence recently and when has NU ever had 7 drafted players, that’s the differences, the league top to bottom has parity and the days of guaranteed league wins are over. Also players have more schools to choose from and top players are generally spending less time in the collage ranks if the Pro teams come knocking prior to a degree. You will rebound and find your stride again but the days of making the NCAA tournament as a near lock year in and year out are long over for most teams and fans are going to have to accept that the days of 4 or 5 HE teams into the NCAA tournament aren’t going to happen like they did in the past either. There is parity in hockey and a once joke called of a back water in Atlantic Hockey can beat you any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Programs like QU, CT and Bentley are going to draft the locks you once had even if they were stars at Bishop Guerin , Kimball Union, Holderness or Proctor, and other spots that historically eed the program with top local talent. Now it's all about how to grab a few of those Canadian Farm Boys and kids form places like Florida and California and UNH may not be the sexist spot for that kid, so you need to have a salesman for a coach and I think you have one on the way! To don't give up the ship..free hot dogs aren't that bad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    I was a season ticket holder from the opening game at the Whit, that after weaseling my way into most games at Snively for 20 years. We gave them up last year mostly based on logic. Why should I pay good money after bad when the ticket office had promotions where you could buy two seats for twenty bucks and get hot dogs and pizza to boot. There was many a season where, if UNH played 40 games, I went to 35 or 36. Iíve been to just about every rink in the east and a fair share of the ones out west. The last two years Iíve probably been to 10 games.
    Exactly. As a senior, I pay $12 general admission now, and sit or stand anywhere that I want, and usually stand on the top row in the section south of the band for the first period to get energized by the students in that section, then adjacent to my STH cousins for the second and third periods, as few of the STH's adjacent to them show up any longer. I attend more UNH away games than those at the Whitt, which is a 150- or 180-mile round trip drive for me. I still enjoy the games that I do attend, even when we choke, as I simply like seeing hockey in person. Despite the Bruins showing signs of competiveness again, I refuse to pay $100+ for a seat at the Garden. Sure wish that UNH would return to Garden again, as I always attend those games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Exactly. As a senior, I pay $12 general admission now, and sit or stand anywhere that I want, and usually stand on the top row in the section south of the band for the first period to get energized by the students in that section, then adjacent to my STH cousins for the second and third periods, as few of the STH's adjacent to them show up any longer. I attend more UNH away games than those at the Whitt, which is a 150- or 180-mile round trip drive for me. I still enjoy the games that I do attend, even when we choke, as I simply like seeing hockey in person. Despite the Bruins showing signs of competiveness again, I refuse to pay $100+ for a seat at the Garden. Sure wish that UNH would return to Garden again, as I always attend those games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossiRules View Post
    Let me say this I have seen over 250 Hockey East games since 1984 and have been to the Whit over 25x. I went prior to DU tenure as HC and I will still go after he retires. I consider it to be one of the tabernacles of college hockey, with awesome fans and a generally great product. Your complaints while noteworthy have little to do with UNH and a lot to do with the landscape of college hockey. BU without Jack Parker reminds me of Indiana without Bobby Knight. BC will likely go the same route when Jerry finally decides to hang it up too. Maine hasnít been relevant in years PC, NU and UMASS Lowell have had a resurgence recently and when has NU ever had 7 drafted players, thatís the differences, the league top to bottom has parity and the days of guaranteed league wins are over. Also players have more schools to choose from and top players are generally spending less time in the collage ranks if the Pro teams come knocking prior to a degree. You will rebound and find your stride again but the days of making the NCAA tournament as a near lock year in and year out are long over for most teams and fans are going to have to accept that the days of 4 or 5 HE teams into the NCAA tournament arenít going to happen like they did in the past either. There is parity in hockey and a once joke called of a back water in Atlantic Hockey can beat you any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Programs like QU, CT and Bentley are going to draft the locks you once had even if they were stars at Bishop Guerin , Kimball Union, Holderness or Proctor, and other spots that historically eed the program with top local talent. Now it's all about how to grab a few of those Canadian Farm Boys and kids form places like Florida and California and UNH may not be the sexist spot for that kid, so you need to have a salesman for a coach and I think you have one on the way! To don't give up the ship..free hot dogs aren't that bad!
    Well you makes some great points esp about the parity in college hockey that wasn't there back in 'the day'. But I'm not sure when the landscape started to shift...All I know is that teams like UML, PC etc made their moves to where they are today (well UML's season not quite but it's not over yet) prob what, 5, 6 years ago? I'm also a firm believer that things go in cycles...you can't always be great but you can at least, be good? I'm hoping for a turn around in the next couple of seasons, heck, even next season. (Even the end of this one...?)

    Nothing is the same, but you still have to do what you did in the first place to even get considered for the opps you mention, and I think that's what many fans (here anyway) are talking about; decent recruiting and seeing that we are making in roads there hopefully with a couple of additions, that's what's needed. Hot dogs aren't QUITE free YET at the 'Whitt; but hey you never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossiRules View Post
    Let me say this I have seen over 250 Hockey East games since 1984 and have been to the Whit over 25x. I went prior to DU tenure as HC and I will still go after he retires. I consider it to be one of the tabernacles of college hockey, with awesome fans and a generally great product. Your complaints while noteworthy have little to do with UNH and a lot to do with the landscape of college hockey. BU without Jack Parker reminds me of Indiana without Bobby Knight. BC will likely go the same route when Jerry finally decides to hang it up too. Maine hasn’t been relevant in years PC, NU and UMASS Lowell have had a resurgence recently and when has NU ever had 7 drafted players, that’s the differences, the league top to bottom has parity and the days of guaranteed league wins are over. Also players have more schools to choose from and top players are generally spending less time in the collage ranks if the Pro teams come knocking prior to a degree. You will rebound and find your stride again but the days of making the NCAA tournament as a near lock year in and year out are long over for most teams and fans are going to have to accept that the days of 4 or 5 HE teams into the NCAA tournament aren’t going to happen like they did in the past either. There is parity in hockey and a once joke called of a back water in Atlantic Hockey can beat you any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Programs like QU, CT and Bentley are going to draft the locks you once had even if they were stars at Bishop Guerin , Kimball Union, Holderness or Proctor, and other spots that historically eed the program with top local talent. Now it's all about how to grab a few of those Canadian Farm Boys and kids form places like Florida and California and UNH may not be the sexist spot for that kid, so you need to have a salesman for a coach and I think you have one on the way! To don't give up the ship..free hot dogs aren't that bad!
    My point wasn't to say that UNH should be as successful as they were back in their hey-day but to show exactly how far they have fallen since the beginning of the current athletic administrations' tenure to today. Still, I think as an outside fan, you are unaware of just how precipitous and self-inflicted that fall has been - and thats understandable. Too the UNH fans in this thread its clear when and where significant mistakes were made by both the AD and coaching staffs and how those mistakes have cost UNH dearly. You mention parity - and its a good point - but with all the parity in college hockey today UNH has still managed a well below .500 mark over the past five seasons and has come nowhere near the NCAA Tournament. That illustrates even more how far UNH has fallen and how poorly the program has been mismanaged does it not...??

    When this year's NCAA Tournament rolls around UNH will miss the tournament for the fifth-straight season. They last made the field in 2013 - soon to be six tournaments ago. If the tournament field was announced today (per bracketology) two teams would be making their sixth straight trip to the dance, four teams would make their fifth field in six years and three more would make their fourth appearance in that span. So the idea that parity exists in college hockey is true, but not prohibitive to building consistently competitive teams.

    BU is dramatically better now than they were at the end of the Parker era and set up for a long run of future success. BU fans like to complain because they anoint themselves as the favorites every pre-season and have then turned out to be just another very good team each year. Since David Quinn took over BU has won 59% of their games - this includes a horrendous first year when he had to dig out of the mess Parker left him. Remove that year and his win-percentage is .642. Quinn has won two HS regular-season titles, made three NCAA Tournaments (with a chance remaining to make it four-straight), lost a title game when his AA goalie fumbled one into his own net and lost a regional final last season in OT. Indiana basketball should be so lucky. Quinn has BU in the mix EVERY SEASON - and that is all you can ask for, because if you're in the mix you have a chance to win in tall.

    The difference between the UNH/BU 'next-coach' scenarios are that BU performed an in-depth, national search and hired a coach with 10 years as a college assistant, one year as an NHL assistant and three seasons as an AHL head coach. UNH performed no search and hired a coach with four years of experience at any level. So far the success rate on the recruiting trail has corresponded exactly as you might have expected it would based on resume...

    UNH hasn't been in the mix for years and doesn't appear to be headed towards the mix any time soon. And again, this is not just a symptom of parity but the result of a series of self-inflicted mistakes in administration, coaching and recruiting. The car salesman you reference so highly has been the lead recruiter at UNH for three seasons already. Its easy to glance at UNH's situation from time to time and say that the attendance/on-ice woes are simply issues faced around college hockey today - and while partially true, this barely scratches the surface of the issues that have sunk UNH to this point...

    The right coach (held accountable and with AD support) has UNH bringing in high-end talent and in the mix for HE titles and NCAA Tournaments year-in and year-out - whether they actually win or make it every year. Period.
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    So, how does UNH roll out the Souza era?
    Remember last year where they were caught flat footed, after Umile just glowered at a reporter (thankfully, there was a non-New Hampshire insider) asking if he would come back for one last go? Nick Stoico at least hinted that Umile probably should retire given the sliding program.
    The silence was nearing awkward for a few moments.

    University of New Hampshire men’s hockey Coach Dick Umile settled into the hot seat in front of about 10 reporters following Sunday’s 8-2 loss to UMass-Lowell, sending the Wildcats into yet another offseason empty-handed.

    At first, no one spoke. No one asked a question. Umile, the longest tenured active coach for a Hockey East program with 27 years behind the UNH bench, looked around and began his statement.
    There was only one question that truly mattered: Is this Dick Umile’s final post-game presser, or will he return next season?

    WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin asked the question. Umile’s response: “No comment on that.”

    A contract extension from 2015 keeps Umile, 68, behind the UNH bench through next season. It is believed he will retire either this offseason or next year when the contract expires.

    Mike Souza, a 2000 graduate of UNH and Umile’s hockey program, was hired as associate head coach shortly after Umile’s contract was extended. A transition began to take motion as Umile directly identified Souza as the heir apparent.

    Souza “will have an opportunity to succeed me and take over the program,” Umile told the Foster’s Daily Democrat in August 2015. “That will be the transition going forward. ... I’m excited about it. I’ll finish my career coaching at UNH.”

    In the time since, the Wildcats have endured two of their worst seasons in terms of record in recent memory.

    This decade has not been kind to UNH. After qualifying for 10 straight NCAA tournaments from 2002 through 2011, the Wildcats have missed five of the last six. They made it interesting this season with a first-round upset of Merrimack in the Hockey East tournament, but the gap widened to four years since their last NCAA berth in 2013.

    Umile has led UNH to four Frozen Four appearances and two national championship games in 1999 and 2003, but neither ended with the team bringing hardware back to Durham. The Wildcats have not been a Frozen Four team since that 2003 season, which closed in 5-1 loss to Minnesota for the title.

    We’ll talk to Umile once more on Thursday in his final media session to close the season. The question will be asked again, and perhaps Umile will have an answer.
    http://www.concordmonitor.com/Univer...hockey-8664655

    The next day, UNH sent out a sterile press release, replete with Baghdad Marty's quotes about how well positioned the program was for 2017-18 and the future

    http://www.unhwildcats.com/news/2017...re-season.aspx



    I hope this year they have the roll-out ready, with Souza already preparing his message to the public about 1) how unacceptable the past years have been, 2) that changes will be made to finally imprint himself on the program, including setting specific goals for players because they are capable of so much more, and 3) that he can't yet announce the coaching staff, because some candidates are under contract with other teams, but that he recognizes the needs of the program, both on the ice and in recruiting, that they need a mix of PROVEN experience to assure recruits that they will get good on ice coaching, but also that they need to be aggressive in selling the program to recruits.

    Dick Umile should not be at the announcement. He's had his goodbye.

    This is a chance to stop looking backward, and start looking foward. No more family, history, or how good the school was for you. This is about results on the ice, and even though we expect them to avail themselves of academic opportuntiies and being good character kids, that is implied. Its the need for on-ice skills that this press conference is about.

    Souza must not mention Dick Umile at all in the message, other than a brief thank him for the opportunity and all he's done, but from here on, he is not looking backward. Nobody wants to talk about the past, which is irrelevant to recruits, other than to acknowledge that changes are needed, and that there are lots of opportunities for aggressive recruiting. The message must all be about the future, and CHANGES from the past, not an attempt to fawn over it. The message -- whether true or not -- is that Mike couldn't implement all he wanted, but that he now has full control, and that all aspects of the program will be analyzed over the summer, from recruiting, coaching and fan interaction. It's also not wrong to recognize that there were missteps, from which you have learned, just as there have been missteps from the players from which he expects growth. There is now urgency, because he is accountable. That includes getting the best assistant coaches, regardless of whether they are UNH alums, and UNH is willing to pay competitive salary to get the best assistants. There are a few building blocks who provide a good base, but lots of moving parts and opportunities for Souza to bring in his guys.
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    His beard is white, his face is lined
    And streaked with tears of rage.

    Thirty years ago, how the words would flow
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    But now his mind is dark and dulled
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    Re: UNH Wildcats 2017/2018 - Umile's Last Stand - The Grand Finale

    Iíll start off this post by reminding Dan that BU did little in the way of a national search when they hired Quinn. The two BU people I stay in touch with both told me that Quinn was the focus even before Parker was eased out the door. If there was any uncertainty, it was because Quinn was pretty successful in the pro ranks and there was a school of thought that he would just follow in the footsteps of Mike Sullivan. But I digress. My main point is to comment on Rossiís post. Except for perhaps his Huskies and PC, the teams in Hockey East are not very good this year. BC and BU, the two teams on the NCAA bubble are basically at .500 with not very good OOC records (BC has not won a single non-league game). The bottom half of the league is basically interchangeable mediocrity. I believe this is the case, not because there are more teams (itís been between 55 and 60 for at least 15 years), but because rhe quality players have more options (MJ) and, even if they choose the college route, they leave early (BU seems to have gone the way of Duke/Kentucky). The recruiting landscape is tougher these days and UNH has just not been tough enough to navigate it. After the debacle of the mid-80s, UNH rebounded mostly because the old methods used in recruiting were discarded. Success followed. Weíre at the same point now. The old way of doing things has been an unmitigated failure. A new approach has to be taken and the first thing Souza has to do is find the right guy to implement it. Watcher was musing about Souzaís first presser. Letís just hope that it doesnít include the announcement of his new assistant.

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    BU fans never anoint themselves. Fans didnít select them as preseason #2, or whatever they were ranked preseason in Hockey East. In fact, fans have questioned it. So knock it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    So, how does UNH roll out the Souza era?
    Remember last year where they were caught flat footed, after Umile just glowered at a reporter (thankfully, there was a non-New Hampshire insider) asking if he would come back for one last go? Nick Stoico at least hinted that Umile probably should retire given the sliding program.

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/Univer...hockey-8664655

    The next day, UNH sent out a sterile press release, replete with Baghdad Marty's quotes about how well positioned the program was for 2017-18 and the future

    http://www.unhwildcats.com/news/2017...re-season.aspx



    I hope this year they have the roll-out ready, with Souza already preparing his message to the public about 1) how unacceptable the past years have been, 2) that changes will be made to finally imprint himself on the program, including setting specific goals for players because they are capable of so much more, and 3) that he can't yet announce the coaching staff, because some candidates are under contract with other teams, but that he recognizes the needs of the program, both on the ice and in recruiting, that they need a mix of PROVEN experience to assure recruits that they will get good on ice coaching, but also that they need to be aggressive in selling the program to recruits.

    Dick Umile should not be at the announcement. He's had his goodbye.

    This is a chance to stop looking backward, and start looking foward. No more family, history, or how good the school was for you. This is about results on the ice, and even though we expect them to avail themselves of academic opportuntiies and being good character kids, that is implied. Its the need for on-ice skills that this press conference is about.

    Souza must not mention Dick Umile at all in the message, other than a brief thank him for the opportunity and all he's done, but from here on, he is not looking backward. Nobody wants to talk about the past, which is irrelevant to recruits, other than to acknowledge that changes are needed, and that there are lots of opportunities for aggressive recruiting. The message must all be about the future, and CHANGES from the past, not an attempt to fawn over it. The message -- whether true or not -- is that Mike couldn't implement all he wanted, but that he now has full control, and that all aspects of the program will be analyzed over the summer, from recruiting, coaching and fan interaction. It's also not wrong to recognize that there were missteps, from which you have learned, just as there have been missteps from the players from which he expects growth. There is now urgency, because he is accountable. That includes getting the best assistant coaches, regardless of whether they are UNH alums, and UNH is willing to pay competitive salary to get the best assistants. There are a few building blocks who provide a good base, but lots of moving parts and opportunities for Souza to bring in his guys.
    Excellent summary, watcher. For your fourth to last sentence, I just want to hear an admission that the idiotic 5-3 PP was a misstep and will never happen again. I found that to be the most embarrassing and humiliating experience as a fan on the two occasions that I watched it. I wanted to walk out on those two games immediately, but just sat in my seat fuming. Third worst fan experience for me was watching the implosion against RIT in the Albany 2010 regional final, especially after knocking off a much better Cornell team the night before; two intermissions, and no in-game adjustments. I agree that recruiting has been bad the past few years, but deferring recruits, sitting them in the stands for the first year, and in-game coaching has been worse, I think. I do not get to see what happens in practice, except for a couple of times on the off day at the FF a long time ago, so I cannot comment on that.

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