I think it’s more exciting when the basketball team is good. I know it brings in less money and seats less fans. I think basketball attracts more fringe and bandwagon fans than football does. Plus, basketball has a clear path to the national championship. Football does not.
It’s not a perfect analogy but the choice is basically would you rather be Boise football or Gonzaga basketball (though our conference is obviously better than Gonzaga’s).
I’d go with hoops easily. That means you are playing into the second weekend of the tourney most years and have a legit shot to win it. Also I just like basketball a lot better and a packed Fertitta Center to me is a lot more fun than a big game at TDECU.
If you are Boise football it means every few years you get a NY6 bowl. It’s just not the same.
That said, choosing football would likely be better financially for the athletic department and if you are still clinging to hope of a P5 invite (I’m not), then football gives the better chance for that invite to come.
In 1967 UH reached the championship game of the baseball College World Series in Omaha, won the 10th of its 16 NCAA golf championships, won at No. 3 Michigan State 37-7 in football after beating Florida State 33-13 the week before, and in basketball reached the Final Four, beating North Carolina 84-62 in the third-place game.
We once had it all and can do so again.
I think that’s why 51’s hypo is pretty good. Having a top 10 football team year in and year out in our conference really does not seem feasible, or even feasible for a lot of the P5 schools. Perennial top 25 with an occasional top 10 finish is probably the absolute best case for us. Top 10 hoops year in and year out would be hard in our conference (or really for just about any school outside of Duke, Kentucky, etc.) but it is achievable. I mentioned Gonzaga. SDSU was close to that level for a stretch. Villanova is a big time hoops school that recruits well, but it’s not that far from the AAC to the Big East. Also, Virginia has become a perennial top 10 program and even though they are in the top hoops conference, they recruit at a level that’s really not much higher than where we are getting close to.
I look forward to the day, coming soon, in which UH is a Top 10 and national title contender in track, a Top 20 and CWS contender in baseball, a Top 15 and perennial Sweet 16 or above team in men’s basketball ball, and a perennial Top 20 team in football.