5fouls Posted December 10, 2017 Report Share Posted December 10, 2017 Do IU fans let go of the past and expect a different future. This is not a panic post due to a 5-5 start. It's intended to be an inventory of the last 25 years. I do think better times are ahead and that Archie will have more consistent success than Crean was able to achieve. That said, it's been 15 years since the program went to the Final Four, and even that was somewhat a fluke. It's been 25 years since Indiana has been considered a national threat for multiple seasons in a row. Sure, there was the #1 team that lost in the Regional against Syracuse, but the following year was a huge disappointment. With a history now going back 25 years, it's easy to say that IU is no longer a team that can be considered at the level of Duke, UNC, Kansas, UK, Michigan State, etc. In fact, it's not even Villanova, Syracuse, UCONN, Louisville, Florida, Arizona, UCLA, or Wisconsin over that period of time. The banners are great, but it's hard for most kids to relate to something that happened 10 years before they were even born. What does 'It's Indiana' even mean right now? If things don't change, once my generation passes on, will the passion still be there if no one alive can even remember the last Championship. Is it even possible that a transcendent talent like Romeo can change the long term prospects of the program, as he would likely only be there for 1-2 years? As a comparison, I'm a huge Cincinnati Reds fan. Back in the 70's, as a 10-13 year old, it was hard for me to imagine the Reds ever not being good because of the success of The Big Red Machine. The 80's were miserable, but the team tossed me a bone in 1990 by winning it all. However, since that time, there has not been a single baseball season where I felt the Reds had a legitimate chance to win it all. And, with the economics of baseball these days, I have come to the understanding that I may get a bone every now and then (like Royals fans got a couple of years ago), but long term success and the Cincinnati Reds just aren't ever going to be paired up in the future. I'm beginning to view IU in the same way. It seems that in today's college basketball environment, it's easier to be like Duke, UK, and Arizona than it is to be like Villanova. And, when Jay Wright retires, expect Villanova to fall back, just as IU did shortly after Knight left, or UCONN did shortly after Calhoun left. Bottom line, it may be time for me to expect something different from IU going forward. Maybe being content with competing for Big Ten Championships should be my expectation. Maybe expecting to beat teams like UL at home, but not getting upset when they lose to them on the road should be considered okay. The world has changed, and it's about time that I change with it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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