Seeing as I disappointed my family by refusing to be a legacy at DePaul (Grandfather, Dad, Sister, and Brother-in-law are all alums), I thought it would be appropriate for me to write some sort of scathing post about DePaul basketball. I was hoping to find a nice DePaul basketball blog to reference and hyperlink so we could all take turns poking fun at their losing ways. Sadly, the glory days of Ray Meyer are long gone and after several coaching changes, a bout of talented players leaving early for the NBA, a logo change, and most recently putting Jerry Wainwright out to pasture and an injury to Mac Koshwal, the program is left in shambles and the fans have no energy at all. Aside from some poorly populated blogs that are affiliated with major sites (Scout, Rivals, etc.), there are no clear cut blogs dedicated to loving/hating DePaul.
DePaul Basketball does have 2 (yes two!) Facebook fan pages... one with 48 fans and with 107 fans. The DePaul LaCrosse team had one fan page with 112 fans. The DePaul Blue Crew (which appears to be some sort of official athletics forum) has 167 fans. For you non-Facebook users, Marquette Golden Eagles athletics had 10,094 fans as of this morning. Someone in the DePaul Athletics Marketing Office just is not doing a good job of making use of a free marketing tool. That, and the team sucks.
I did find this post about student tickets for the "Rivalry Night" game against Marquette. DePaul is actually offering students free tickets, credit towards their Blue Demon Reward Points for attending (that can be traded in for great prizes), free transportation, a free t-shirt (apparently an unlimited supply), and a free glow stick (that will likely be thrown at Marquette fans or on the court in disgust). Now if that doesn't draw fans, I don't know what will (besides putting a competitive product on the floor)... this could really screw D3s attendance projection.
I feel like I'm kicking a dead horse with this post but the point is that there is no spirit for DePaul Basketball. The school makes its fan-base travel all the way to Rosemont to see a crappy team play in a half-empty (and I'm being generous here) arena. This program is a shadow of what it once was and has a lot of work to do if it truly wants to be competitive in the BEast.