MavChamp, that was many moons ago. We also had some key players that year that were banged up and needed rest; a few were going to be out of the game, regardless. Put yourself in our coach’s shoes. A revitalized program who hasn’t been in the playoffs a while, with a chance to be competitive in D2, to get some meaningful game experience for backups who hadn’t seen much time since pre-district, let someone else have a taste, or an almost certain one and done vs. a much larger school with some D1 talent. That it was Marshall, with a very long history of success, sitting home was a bonus. (I kid. I kid.)
As someone who enjoys a good rivalry, I am hoping that Nac fans haven’t given up on supporting their program, given they also have improved and this was a game with playoff implications. They do have some good players and a good band, which we do have an appreciation for as well here in the Dub. Much better than MP’s; still trying to figure out if that was a Twilight homage, or what? Wish them the best, but their crowd was scarce for this road trip; they couldn’t have had two parents in the stands for each player, band member, drill team, or cheerleader.