I received several responses – via e-mail and message boards – about last week’s column on Air Force’s sorry nonconference basketball schedule. Many of the responses agreed with my view. And many didn’t.
Here is my response to your responses:
1. AFA doesn’t need to play the University of Denver because their styles are similar. Both teams play slowdown basketball.
Style isn’t what matters. Execution matters. Talent matters. The Falcons could play a quality opponent that resides 65 miles away. This is an obvious – virtually required – rivalry. I’m baffled by anyone who can’t see this.
2. AFA’s coaches and athletic staff “tried” for a better schedule.
I’ve never watched a game when a team didn’t “try” to win. Never. Trying isn’t the point. The point is to accomplish what you attempt.
Sure, AFA coaches and athletic staff “tried” to construct a quality nonconference schedule.
And they failed.
3. Many other teams in America also have less-than-attractive schedules. This list includes DU and CU.
This point does nothing to excuse the Falcons. If every school in America wants to weaken the state of college basketball by fleeing from any and all challenges, that does nothing to elevate the Falcons.
The Falcons should seek to test themselves and offer fans quality basketball.
4. The Falcons will be young and inexperienced this season.
So give these youngsters a challenge. Let them battle and watch quality opponents.