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The "brand" issue is the school's not the team's or the coaches'

It pains me to say it, but the UVA brand (the school) is not what is was in the 80's or 90's. It is still plenty attractive, but the days of students choosing UVA over an Ivy league or UNC or Chicago or Michigan or UCLA or ND were a small window in the history of the school.

For a relatively brief time period UVA was one of the top 5 ranked schools in the country very reliably. Now I get emails from the administration boasting about being a top-25 school.

Anyone old enough to remember when Brooke Shields was choosing between UVA and Princeton - the top 2 most popular schools in the country? Can anyone on this board imagine that equivalent happening in the past decade? I sure don't remember Emma Watson considering UVA....

So, I will wind up by saying - I don't blame the staff for losing kids to Duke or the Ivies. They are actually fighting an uphill battle against those schools. In fact I would say the following regarding schools where in terms of non-athletic considerations UVA has a disadvantage, is even, or has an advantage when it comes to the appeal of the school itself. I am primarily including schools that I think can credibly (or at least somewhat credibly) argue that the quality of the lacrosse will be close enough). I won't count the academies as they are their own beasts.

Schools with non-athletice advantage: Duke, Yale, Harvard, Brown, Penn, ND, Georgetown

Schools on equal footing re non-athletics: UNC, JHU, Cuse, Lehigh, Mich (weak on the lax side still)

Schools at a non-athletic disadvantage: UMD, Loyola, Denver, Ohio State, Vermont, Rutgers

Go ahead and start shooting the messenger - but I gotta tell ya there are other great schools out there. UVA is only one of many.

(In response to this post by ws5656)

Posted: 09/29/2021 at 10:37AM


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