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    Does this loss still help recruiting?

    I assume we had some recruits at the game. What does this game to for us?



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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    I sure as hell don't think it's going to hurt us. Had what we all expected to happen actually happened (OU blows us out), we might have some trouble. I've never felt such a lack of energy at a stadium as I did right before kickoff. It felt like everybody (present company included) was just going through the motions. Once we went up the place came to life. Not as good of an atmosphere as the Iowa game, but I think good enough to impress recruits and make them think, "Hey, if they're 1-6 and hanging with the #4 team in the country, there might be something special about to happen here."



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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    That's pretty much what I thought. If I was a recruit and I knew anything at all about the major beatings the Cyclones have taken on their way to 1-6, I'd be thinking: "Wow, this place is rocking HARD, they're hanging with the #4, and they've lost their last five straight. These fans just don't give up. I wonder what it'd be like if they had a winning record?"


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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    I thought it was pretty good for the large number of fans that started clapping and cheering after the game. I guess you could say that is the action of a loser program, where people clap after a loss, instead of being POed. But as I see it, it is an appreciation of the effort, despite the loss. I recall the same thing after we lost to FSU down in Arrowhead. Very loud applause after that one. (and Seneca was in)

    Hopefully any recruit sees it as an appreciative fan base.



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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    Quote Originally Posted by superfan View Post
    I sure as hell don't think it's going to hurt us. Had what we all expected to happen actually happened (OU blows us out), we might have some trouble. I've never felt such a lack of energy at a stadium as I did right before kickoff. It felt like everybody (present company included) was just going through the motions. Once we went up the place came to life. Not as good of an atmosphere as the Iowa game, but I think good enough to impress recruits and make them think, "Hey, if they're 1-6 and hanging with the #4 team in the country, there might be something special about to happen here."
    I think the energy picked up on OU's first drive, when we held them to a three-and-out. I think a lot of people were surprised we were able to do that, and that was the first moment where I actually thought the day might not be so bad.


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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    Quote Originally Posted by sodakjoe View Post
    I think the energy picked up on OU's first drive, when we held them to a three-and-out. I think a lot of people were surprised we were able to do that, and that was the first moment where I actually thought the day might not be so bad.
    That's right. I stand corrected. I forgot whether we got the ball first or held them to a 3-and-out first. That was definitely a good sign that maybe we stood a chance.



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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    I think the clapping started when Okie first went three and out by Okie.


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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    In my view, this game was as good as a win for the recruits there. It had everything. Great day, fan support, emotional ISU team and a great game. If they didn't feel it after that game, they should go somewhere else. It had to make guys feel like they want to play for the good guys!



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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    Quote Originally Posted by RolandRockets View Post
    I guess you could say that is the action of a loser program, where people clap after a loss, instead of being POed. But as I see it, it is an appreciation of the effort, despite the loss. ... Hopefully any recruit sees it as an appreciative fan base.
    I completely agree. One thing that I often hear from visiting fans (in any sport) is how they are surprised Cyclones will stay and heartily applaud the team even if they lost but played a great game. ESPN even commented on it when discussing Hilton Magic a few years ago. If others want to call that the mark of a loser program, fine. I call it the mark of a fanbase that is no stranger to good old-fashioned hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. I am proud to be among people who will stay to the end of a losing game just to applaud the team and show their support.


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    I also remember a game with Kansas when Cy (wore a huge suit then) went out to center field, squatted, and "pooped" a couple of chickens that had been dyed blue then chased them around.
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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    Great game guys and a great moral victory.

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    Re: Does this loss still help recruiting?

    Wins and losses obviously have a big effect on recruiting, but you look at what Ron Zook has done at Illinois and you have to understand that good recruiters will get guys. I think this game certainly does not hurt us, like the loss to Texas may have, but if Chizik and his staff pound the pavement and sell Iowa State, our record at the end of the year won't mean as much.

    I just don't know if there is anyone on our staff with the Zook pedigree. But he got Illinois turned around in a hurry. Either way, this game is definitely something we can look at positively.


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