We’re big fans of looking back at history and randomly identifying anniversaries and such. In that light, I got the following quick email from a friend that I thought was interesting and needed to blog —
“I saw Tommy Burelson at the Marist game Friday (March 16th) and told my friend not to forget that Tommy played a big role in getting the ball rolling last year.
So, I went back into the SFN archives and look what I found that was blogged exactly one year ago on March 16, 2006 – Burleson says it’s time for a change.
The contrast of where we were on eyear ago with the current ‘Red Coact Revival’ that is exemplified by the fans’ passion and support on Friday night is unbelievable.”
At the time that Burleson made his comments, the Wolfpack was in Dallas preparing for their “5th NCAA Tournament appearace in a row” and their “9th ouster before the sweet 16 in 10 years” (so, the team was not aware of or impacted by Burleson’s comments). But, the administration (and coaching staff) hit the roof over the comments and there was a lot of talk of Burleson having received his last free ticket to a State game, etc, etc.
For those of you who are still learning your lessons on how to analyze things — you need to never forget that hitching your wagon to people/administrations is always a short term event. True Wolfpackers will always be around. The Todd Turner’s, Lee Fowler’s and Herb Sendek’s of the world will never be around as long as you will…or Tommy Burleson will.
Unfortunately, the direct URL to Burleson’s comments is no longer active. At the time of the interview, TexPack & BJD summarized TB’s comments as follows:
I listened to almost all of the interview this morning. Tommy was right on target. He was very respectful of Sendek. This will be hard for people to just ignore.
Heâ€™s also making very astute points about the limitations of our offense – basically saying itâ€™s not how you compete at the highest level. Just how you get to pretty good.
A few choice quotes from TB:
â€œThereâ€™s gotta be some kind of change madeâ€¦do something to get some peace in the valley.â€
â€œYouâ€™ve got to keep the alumni happy.â€