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Re: Coaching Carousel
« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2019, 09:53:18 am »
Question is now can the next UC Head Coach continue to move the program forward. The pieces and support look to be in place but it only takes a few fumbles by the incoming staff to muck the whole thing up.

This must be a real kick in the head to Chicago athletics staff and boosters. The U of C does so well in so many team sports, reaching the Final Four in six of them a collective total of 17 times, but it has never managed to win a national title in anything. On the other hand, the U of C's archrival Wash U has hoisted Walnut & Bronze 23 times in eight different sports, which ranks Wash U in D3's top ten schools in terms of national championships won. Men's soccer, along with women's soccer and women's tennis, represented one of the three good chances that the Maroons had to finally break through and win it all for the first time. But losing Mike Babst is going to be a severe blow to the U of C's chances in this particular sport.

Also on the list is men's tennis which reached NCAA semifinals three times in four years with a golden recruiting class leading the way. The program routinely tops the D3 recruiting rankings most year and breaks into the top 35 of recruiting at all levels of NCAA. They are/were on short list of teams (3-5) that could actually win the title year in and year out.
The Babst departure is not totally surprising, he has some Carolina ties and plenty of past D1 experience. He turned an average  program into something special and D1 was going to notice.
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Re: Coaching Carousel
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2019, 03:12:47 pm »
The U of C does so well in so many team sports, reaching the Final Four in six of them a collective total of 17 times, but it has never managed to win a national title in anything.

Chicago did win the national football championship in 1905, in pre-NCAA days.  So it's only a 114-year drought.
And, they have the distinction of being the only school whose football stadium was used as the site of the first sustained nuclear chain reaction.  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2019, 03:45:26 pm »
That was the old Stagg Field, though, not the current one. The old one was razed in 1957. Regenstein Library, appropriately enough, now stands on the site where humanity first split the atom.
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2019, 11:14:13 pm »
That was the old Stagg Field, though, not the current one. The old one was razed in 1957. Regenstein Library, appropriately enough, now stands on the site where humanity first split the atom.
Yes, I knew that; I've been to the actual site just outside Regebstein, not to mention many times inside Regenstein to use various resources.