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Old 01-13-03, 09:49 PM
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Did athletics help you decide your college?

Did the athletics at your school, or possibly one that you decided not to go to, help make your decision of which college to attend?

I was accepted at Texas, Texas Tech, Duke, and the local school, West Texas State. (I applied to Duke and Harvard as a joke, actually got accepted to Duke )

I immediately chose not to go to WTS because they did not have big-time athletics. Duke was too far.

So the decision came down to Texas and Tech.....and it came down to a football game. I went to the Tech/Texas football game in 1989 in Austin. Tech won that day and I sat in with the Texas alumni. The Texas alumni were so bitter and ugly that I decided that I wanted no part in a school like that.....so I went to Tech.

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Old 01-13-03, 10:51 PM
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Funny, I too applied to Harvard as a joke ... not because I didn't think I could get in, but because I hated them so much I wanted to tell them where to stick it when they accepted me. Yeah, it was juvenile, but I was 18. It did feel good, though, to send them a "rejection letter" telling them I thought I'd get a better eduction at Georgia Tech than their elitist institution (no offense, Harvard grads).

Anyway, applied to Harvard, Duke, Ga Tech, Michigan, Stanford, and Notre Dame. While that list (sans Harvard) is a who's who of Division I-A athletics, I don't think it was ever my intention. I mainly wanted to attend a school that was more than just great academics (why I had no interest in places like MIT). I wanted the whole college experience, and attending college football/basketball games was certainly a part of that.

As painful as it was, I ultimately decided to go into Engineering, which ruled out my beloved Notre Dame. Michigan and Stanford were just too big and too far away. So, in the end, it came down to Duke and Tech. Duke was gorgeous, but it was just a little too preppy for my style, and their Engineering program really couldn't compare to Tech's, so I went with the unlikely choice and couldn't have been happier.

So, to answer your question, I think it partially affected my decision. I wanted to go to a school where I could experience college football/basketball games. It didn't have to be nationally renowned, but there needed to be at least some passion for the game, a significant level of spirit for the athletic teams. It wasn't a huge factor, but it was important for me to get that out of the college experience. I must admit, if Duke's football program hadn't sucked so hard, I may have been a Blue Devil. I know I missed my chance to be a Cameron Crazy, but it was the right decision.

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Nope... I went to A&M to follow a girl...
Old 01-14-03, 12:49 AM
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Well, it didn't really affect my decision, but I knew that wherever I decided to go, I would put my heart into rooting for that school. I chose a school where our football program went 3-8 my freshman year and the basketball team was on probation and on an NCAA Tournament ban after Todd Bozeman's recruiting violations.

Five losses to Stanfurd in a row while I was in school, 9 straight losses in basketball. Hehe... oh well... I still love those Bears.
Old 01-14-03, 02:28 AM
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Of course
Old 01-14-03, 06:51 AM
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Nope, though I've seen some good times ....
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Where I attended? Not really. Where I applied? Sort of. My applications (in order of preference) went to:

1. Georgetown - rejected
2. Penn - rejected
3. UVA - rejected
4. Wake Forest - wait listed
5. Bucknell - accepted and attended
6. Richmond - accpeted
7. Boston U - accepted

I actually liked G-Town basketball in the late 80s (not more than Maryland) so that influenced me a little. I likely would have gone to Wake had I not been wait-listed - I had them on par academically with Bucknell and the fact that they were an ACC school probably would have been the tiebreaker.

Never even considered applying to Maryland, even though I followed Terps sports passionately - at the time, the late 80s, its academic reputation was not near what it is today. The fallout of the Len Bias tragedy was still fresh. They didn't make the NCAAs in the 4 years I would have been there so I would not have necessarily missed a lot.

Believe it or not, Bucknell had a lot of passion for basketball. We are Division I - in the Patriot League. Since the entry to the Patriot League ('91), we are the perpetual bridesmaids. 0-4 in conference tournament finals, which included my junior ('92) and senior ('93) years. I was the 35 second shot clock operator my sophomore-senior years so I was reallly into it and I got to know the players pretty well. We had a matchbox for a gym (2,300 seats) but we would routinely cram 3,000 people for a league game until the local fire marshall put the kibosh on that. What is the real kicker is that the last time Bucknell made the NCAA Tournament was the year before I got there ('89). One of these days they will make it, and if they get sent to Boise or some faroff place, I will make the trip to see them likely lose in the 1st round.
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I only applied to one school, Texas A&M. My family is full of Aggies and that's where I always wanted to go. If for some crazy reason I didn't get accepted then I was going to my local university UT-San Antonio.

TDD, I know what you mean about 'sips getting a little pissy after a loss, but what about your team when they win? They go freakin' crazy!
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Not really, I went to two Division II schools, so I guess it didn't really make a huge difference. I always wanted to go to Colorado or Duke, but I slacked off in high school and so I knew I wouldn't get into Duke, so I didn't even try to apply. I did however get an AFROTC scholarship for mechanical engineering that took me to the Colorado School of Mines. I went there because it was over twelve hours away from home and because my ROTC class was @ CU in Boulder. So I was able to live a little of my dream and go to a few CU sporting events, but only for a couple of years, because then I left ROTC after one year and only stayed @ Mines another year (out of state tuition is pretty expensive if you don't put forth any effort towards school). The athletic tradition @ Mines was pretty slim, except in swimming and wrestling (a couple of my friends wrestled and the team had an individual nat'l champ my freshmen year). After two years of living it up in Golden, I moved back to the St. Louis area and finished up my undergrad @ Southern Illinois University @Edwardsville (needless to say I didn't stick w/ engineering). Their athletic tradition is also fairly slim, but I think they won an NCAA D1 Soccer title around 1979 or so, before they bumped down to D2. Come to think of it, I don't think I ever went to an athletic event at SIUE. Should have just gone to U of I, but when I was 18 I thought it was too close to home.

Sorry to drag on so long, I guess looking back athletics didn't factor heavily into my collegiate decisions.
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It didn't make a difference when I was applying to my undegrad school. But after spending 4 years at a school devoid of any good sports, (I think the football team which was D-III had won 4 games during the 4 years that I was there.) I decided to include basketball schools as one of my criteria when I was applying for graduate schools. I applied to North Carolina, Oregon, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Irvine. I ended up choosing Oregon because of their graduate school and because North Carolina was too far way from California. I decided that I didn't really like Steve Lavin so I probably would never support UCLA basketball if I had gone there. I decided against Berkeley and Irvine because of problems with those departments.
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Originally posted by tofu
It didn't make a difference when I was applying to my undegrad school. But after spending 4 years at a school devoid of any good sports, (I think the football team which was D-III had won 4 games during the 4 years that I was there.) I decided to include basketball schools as one of my criteria when I was applying for graduate schools. I applied to North Carolina, Oregon, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Irvine. I ended up choosing Oregon because of their graduate school and because North Carolina was too far way from California. I decided that I didn't really like Steve Lavin so I probably would never support UCLA basketball if I had gone there. I decided against Berkeley and Irvine because of problems with those departments.
I am thinking of doing the same thing if/when I apply to grad school in the near future. I definitely want to have a good D1 football/basketball at the schools I apply to, especially after going to D2 schools w/ boring athletic programs - SIUE didn't even have a football team, which is weird considering the talent pool they could draw from in the St. Louis area.

tofu, how do you like Eugene? I have a cousin who goes to school in Corvalis and he hates it - I think he might be transfering to Eugene.
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location (close to home, but not too close), campus, engineering program, and price is the reason I decided to come to A&M. Before I came to A&M I wasn't that big of a college football fan.
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Well, I goto a MAC and according to some on this site cough, twikoff, cough... the MAC is a poor excuse for athletics.

I applied to only 3 schools... the University of Toledo, THE Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati. I was accepted in at all 3. All have engineering programs and all engineering programs are respectable.

I went to Toledo because it made the most sense financially for me to go there. I'm currently at U. of Toledo too.
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Actually, it almost did. I applied to 12 schools, and got into 10. The school I got into were:

Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Virginia, Penn, Miami, Rice, U. of the South, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.

Schools that gave me the heave-ho:

Princeton and Stanford.

Princeton was really a joke, wanted to see if I could get in, Stanford I wanted to get into, but would never go (I live in Maryland).

I came this close to UNC. Even sent away my letter of acceptance. I thought going to Chapel Hill would be awesome. But a last second change of opinion and I was off to Rice.

I don't think I have to tell you about Rice and athletics, although it does have it's moments. The baseball team is quite good and track is decent. Plus, and here's something few schools can claim, Rice hosted a Super Bowl at their stadium.

But overall, I went for the academics of Rice over the atletics and college town of Chapel Hill.
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Originally posted by bahist17
tofu, how do you like Eugene? I have a cousin who goes to school in Corvalis and he hates it - I think he might be transfering to Eugene.
It's alright. It's a sorta small college town with a bunch of hippies. That pretty much says it all right there IMO.
BTW, per the advice of picking schools based on athletics, if I had to do it over again, I'd probably pick schools that made it to the Elite 8 instead of choosing from the pool of schools that made the NCAA tournament. That way, you know you're getting a winner.
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Yeah. I really wanted to go to UNC-CH, because I love their bball program and back in the day when i started college (well it was only 7 years ago) UNC football was pretty good too, under Mack Brown. Anyway being from AL made tuition, fees, living, more than I could afford, so I had to stay at home at NAIA basketball powerhouse Birmingham-Southern. I didn't apply to Auburn, which is my favorite football team. But I got to attend a couple of Auburn games on the plains, and I wish I could experienced that kind of atmosphere. UAB athletics didn't exactly entice me. I just applied to Wake because I applied to Duke and Chapel Hill, but I decided against Wake and was turned down from Duke (don't think I would have gone anyway, but my counselor told me I had a better chance getting into Duke than I did Chapel Hill, so I went ahead and wasted my $50).
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Originally posted by tofu
It's alright. It's a sorta small college town with a bunch of hippies. That pretty much says it all right there IMO.
That reminds me, because I have had several friends that call it the 'Boulder of the West Coast'. I have never been to Eugene, so I wouldn't know for sure - but a few years ago Boulder did have its share of hippies...
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Originally posted by bahist17
That reminds me, because I have had several friends that call it the 'Boulder of the West Coast'. I have never been to Eugene, so I wouldn't know for sure - but a few years ago Boulder did have its share of hippies...
Eugene has more hippies than Boulder has residents.
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I went to school to play sports. My right leg is paralyzed so I grew up playing wheelchair basketball and I got recruited by the 2 of the top programs in the country Illinois and Wisconsin-Whitewter. Being from Illinois I had my heart set on UI until I went and visited the campus,hated it, and commited UW-Whitewater. I played their for 4 years and won a National Championship. It was a great experience. How many people can say they they've played against some of the top players, including gold medal winners, in their sport everyday.
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Originally posted by MrX
I went to school to play sports. My right leg is paralyzed so I grew up playing wheelchair basketball and I got recruited by the 2 of the top programs in the country Illinois and Wisconsin-Whitewter. Being from Illinois I had my heart set on UI until I went and visited the campus,hated it, and commited UW-Whitewater. I played their for 4 years and won a National Championship. It was a great experience. How many people can say they they've played against some of the top players, including gold medal winners, in their sport everyday.
Fascinating. I didn't realize that they had college wheelchair athletics.

Were you scholorship?
What kind of league/conference is there?
How (how old? at what age?, what circumstances?, etc.) did you become paralyzed?
Where did you play? (arena?, gym?)
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Originally posted by Three Day Delay

Were you scholorship?
What kind of league/conference is there?
How (how old? at what age?, what circumstances?, etc.) did you become paralyzed?
Where did you play? (arena?, gym?)
They don't give scholarships but I got bumped down to instate tuition which cut the price in half.

Thers's a intercollgiate league. Illinois, UW-Whitewater, and Texas-Arlington are the elite programs. I think Ok.St and Arizona are in the beginning stages of putting programs together. Southern Illinois and a bunch of smaller colleges have programs going.

Theirs also the NWBA which is the NBA of the sport. I think 3/4 of the NBA teams support teams. We played in that also and made it to the final 4 in that my last 2 years.

I had a tumor in my spine when I was 9 months old. It knocked out both my legs but my left one came back.

We've played all over the place. When we had home tourneys we played on our schools court where their men and woman teams play. We had our own gym in a differentt building where we practiced. For our NWBA events we were able to travel out to Cali, Vegas(my favorite road trip, Carolina, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and usually once a year we went to Lexington, Nashville, and Little Rock. The biggest place we ever played in was the Kiel Center in St. Louis.

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MrX, where can I get more information about those collegiate and pro leagues? I would love to take this to my school.
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http://www.nwba.org/

That has the general info, and I think it has some contact info for the guys who are in charge as well as individual teams.
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I've always been a Georgia fan, but I don't think the athletics program influenced my decision to go there. I considered it a 'bonus' feature.

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