BYank, you are correct, and thanks for posting. Our basketball program has floundered over the last 25 years under coaches Morgan, Reynolds, and now CDM. There is a small group of supporters at LB who are O.K. with our stagnant mediocracy and make excuses for our dismal performance since you left LB. The real reason is the lack of leadership at LB State and bad decision-making. It is awful to see our rivals at UCI, UCSB, and now Fullerton having more success in men's basketball than Long Beach State. Besides typically being in the middle of the pack (5th place) and sometimes lower in the now diminished Big West Conference standings, attendance and enthusiasm is at a very low point. It is time for significant changes at Long Beach State.
I hope this note finds everyone doing well. As someone who follows the program from afar and with FAU/SDSU in the Final Four I felt compelled to post.
I remember my official visit like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 94 and I remember sitting in the late Dave Obrien's office with Coach Greenberg. He shares with me that his dream is to see "The Beach" in the final four with traditional powers. Seth shares that there is no reason we cannot become the UMass of the west. He was right except Gonzaga did it and surpassed it by a miles. I'm a dreamer and I loved what I heard and with the building of the Pyramid it was an easy decision for me to come.
Fast forward 29 years. If you would've told me that LB would only make the tournament 3 times I would've bet a lot of money on you being wrong.
How do we fix this? We have the best facility in the league, we have the best location in the league, we have the most tradition in the league and we have the best fan base in the league.
At some point someone in the Athletic Department has to say it is time for a change. Coach Monson deep down would probably agree as he has had 16 years to do the job. Change is good and should be embraced. I think Seth had the right model that can still be very successful and that is to recruit within 100 miles of campus and plug your holes with transfers. There is still a place for the high school kid and picking your spots in the portal.
If it can get done at places like SDSU, FAU, Butler, VCU, Loyola-Chicago, George Mason why can't it get done here?
I look forward to reading some of your thoughts. What do you think?
Thank you for reading and here's to better days ahead for The Beach.
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