After getting these big leads on teams, I'm glad to see the Govs kept their foot on the throttle and finished the game with a blowout last night! This team plays extremely hard and is exciting to watch. They deserve a large, vocal crowd. Everyone try and bring more people with them to these remaining games and GET LOUD! We used to have a loud, intimidating student section with Red Men on the front row. Any students reading this please encourage your fellow students to come in large numbers to support this team and make the Dunn the best home court advantage in the OVC!
This team deserves better support from the student body and community. I wish the university did as much to promote the basketball team as they do football. I have to say, mid afternoon games on weekends to me is a problem. Much rather that 7:30 tip.
I do not want to face EIU for a third time this year! They are dangerous. Congrats to Terry Taylor on joining the 1000 point club! What a player.
As far as the crowd goes, that's an issue that the athletic department needs to address and fast. I hope they have some kind of game plan to not only get students to show up but also act like, you know, a college basketball student section for Thursday night. If the student section is standing up and cheering for the guys then the rest of the gym will follow.
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"The Spider Man Josh Lewis...does he like it? You better believe it! Do the Gov fans like it? You can believe it again! Does the P-Team like it? You can go to the bank on it baby! Lewis absolutely stuffed it, he said eat it!" - Peayvoice on "The Block"
Live out of state so I watch games via ESPN+ feeds. Like supergov, I agree that something has to be done (if it can) with the pathetic attendance at home. Is it that the fan base is apathetic because C'Ville has become a transient community?
I feel badly for the team, as this poor attendance negates most of what could be a home court advantage. Not to overreact, but this can hurt recruiting longer term if you're playing in an empty arena for most of the season. Can't imagine this sits well with coach Figgers, either.
I checked and the attendance at Murray last night for their home game vs an inferior opponent was 8,000?
Post by peaynglishmajor on Feb 10, 2019 11:24:19 GMT -6
Everyone needs to give the attendance complaints a rest.
Clarksville has a different demographic than most other cities. It has always been "a transient community", at least since 1942. Ft. Campbell has 27,000 troops and their families who are only here for 3-4 years at a time and who are frequently deployed for overseas duty for training. We have one of the youngest populations in the nation, a large commuter base, and a close proximity to Nashville and its many events and attractions. Much of Clarksville is taking care of small children, watching high school basketball or driving to Nashville for concerts or other athletic events during APSU games.
APSU has issues other OVC schools are not facing. The school is growing rapidly, unlike most OVC institutions, and that requires judicious use of financial resources and competition for the same. There are many new academic and student support buildings on the drawing board, and the school will likely grow to 15,000 students over the next ten years. Athletics is in the mix, but it is only part of the whole.
Most OVC schools are dealing with declining enrollment due to isolated locations, inadequate state funding, and other issues. Google "budget cuts" or "athletic cuts" and any OVC institution's name and you'll be surprised.
Take Murray State. The school had a 500 student enrollment decline last semester, and cut the basketball arena budget cut 30% this year. Here are this year's academic program cuts at the school: "During its quarterly meeting on June 8, the Board of Regents approved the suspension of the Bachelor of Arts in French, Bachelor of Arts in German, Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies and the Gifted and Talented program area within the Department of Educational Studies.The Board also approved the suspension for six additional programs. However, these suspensions are still pending approval from the Academic Council. The pending suspensions include the Masters in Economics, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Surveying, Master of Arts in Elementary Education in Teacher Leadership, Master of Arts in Childhood Education in Teacher Leadership and Teacher Leader Masters in Secondary Education." There were also significant cuts in support staff and capital budgets.
Racer basketball, for example, is literally and figuratively the only game in town. They have a captive fan base due to their isolated location and a different fan demographic than APSU. Their fans are older, close to Murray, and very loyal to the team as a point of local pride. It's the only large scale entertainment in the area. Good for them. At least they've got that. I'm not deriding the institution. Murray State is a good school and has much going for it.
I'm just saying that basketball, while the subject of this forum, is not the Alpha or the Omega for APSU, and is not as important to the marketing of APSU as it is to Murray State. Eight people a day move into Montgomery County; our students literally drive by the campus and walk in the door. Juicing crowd size is probably not the highest priority for the school and is a difficult prospect at best in Clarksville.
Having said all that, the crowd size has been pretty good this year and Coach Figgar is doing a great job. The basketball is exciting and more people are talking about the program. Just don't expect to see a full gym every game in Clarksville, and don't think there's something magic the athletic department can do to get 8,000 fans to a game.
This precious long post with excuses and reasons to just accept attendance results, and the university is bragging about nearly 11,000 new students enrolled (most ever)?? I think the original point was about poor student attendance. I have attended all the home games and can say attendance has not been ok. This team is going to win 20 plus games and is leading the OVC. What percentage of the new students would it actually take to fill up the bottom section? Not much. The university sports marketing department needs to get out in the community and sell this program to the rest of the community and start filling in the upper level of the Dunn. Believe me Figger knows attendance should be better, he has said as much during post game comments. This team deserves better support. Where is the new generation of Red men!!
I get your post and appreciate the effort put into it but I can’t agree with it. 150k people in Clarksville and add 11k enrollment. With those kind of numbers, the entire lower level opposite side of the benches should be nothing but students cheering on their classmates. I would GLADLY give up my seats for that and wouldn’t think twice. There should be at the very least 5k people PER game. That’s not asking a lot. This team doesn’t deserve 1500-2k people per game. They deserve a lot more than that and they know it. I’ve heard a few of them mention it several times to me and I know for a fact that it bothers Coach Figger. Whether it’s the community or the powers to be at Austin Peay, someone needs to step up and give this team a crowd it deserves.
“Racer basketball, for example, is literally and figuratively the only game in town. They have a captive fan base due to their isolated location and a different fan demographic than APSU. Their fans are older, close to Murray, and very loyal to the team as a point of local pride. It's the only large scale entertainment in the area.”
Lol I have been all over Clarksville, TN and this is funny roflmao! Clarksville is another hick town USA only bigger hahaha! Sure the population is higher because of the local military base and it’s revolving, never ending transient population, but the basic culture in Clarksville and Murray are very similar. Besides, a nice chunk of the 8000+ present last night for our home game are from Paducah, Mayfield, etc, which combined offer everything and more than little old exit 4 and downtown Clarksville. So while I’m sure y’all are more cultured lmao than us poor little hicks down here in the Murray area, it’s not that big of a divide. I am jelly of the Old Chicago chain restaurant though.
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