stickman wrote:Teams like Michigan and Indiana have the resources to compete for a championship, it's just a matter of the right leadership. Many believe Marcello is that guy for Michigan, the jury is still out on that. I don't know if Ryan is that guy for Indiana, but based on the article he seems to think he is...we'll see.
I think Leonardi is on the right track at Michigan, and - as you / others mention - has the resources and the support from his AD to win the CWPA every year. The problem is that—from a competitive standpoint—the next two best teams in his conference are now gone. PLUS, Princeton will have a new coach next spring and who knows what's next for Harvard / Brown.
So, he'll be in Cali every possible weekend.
The difference maker in the college game (IMO) are the international players, and I expect (not 100% sure) that moving to the MPSF will help IU w/recruiting them. Is it enough to get the Hoosiers past the Sun Devils? Well, Castle did coach at ASU when they were at their peak, so he must know what it takes to compete. And, his Hawaii experience must also be instructive. I am thinking about the CSU Bakersfield debacle (which I unfortunately missed); I just don't see a school like IU backing up the moving trucks on a WWP program (now, if it was a pro football team...!).
stickman wrote:I don't know about any issues with the CWPA, but I posted several times many years ago that schools in that conference need to break into smaller conferences as a way to grow the tournament and provide more opportunity for other schools to start programs. With all due respect to Dan Sharadin and the great work he's done for water polo in this country, the CWPA should just focus on the collegiate club game.
I can't resist a response here. Sharadin is at the heart of ALL discussions in Eastern polo - and his efforts to grow the sport are legendary. Could the CWPA be more autonomous? Sure, but the split with the men has created more NCAA activity (though one could question the substance). If Sharadin / his crew just focused on club ball, would we have an exciting Wagner men's team? What about a program at SFU that now has room to grow (Marialena Seletopoulou was an amazing addition to their attack - of course once they figured her out, no more wins...). And, he supposedly has influence in the MAAC, which will now add a new team (more on that soon...)