4th and Long: Tech students should be ashamed

Tech fans, I’m going to be blunt. I’m very disappointed in you. As I walked in the Hooper Eblen Center on Tuesday night, I was amazed at the number of people who had come out for the game. By my estimation, there were nearly 4,000 screaming fans in attendance.

There were more students at this game than any other game this season – by a wide margin. The entire building was full of excitement and anticipation.

No, it wasn’t a TV game. No, we weren’t playing UT. As a matter of fact, Tech wasn’t playing at all. It was a high school district game.

That’s right, the largest crowd for basketball the Hoop has seen in years was attending a high school game.

Tech boasts the second-largest arena in the conference, but has one of the lowest average attendances in the OVC – 1,560 this year.

Pathetic. On top of that, the people that should be coming (that’s you, students) aren’t.

Tech athletes work their butts off every single week in the classroom and in practice. They deserve your respect.

The least you could do is come to a game every once in a while, much less stay for the end of it.

What keeps you from coming? Night classes? No. Tech plays several nights a week.

Maybe you go home to your parents every single weekend. Why? I don’t understand the appeal of going home as much as possible.

There are plenty of things to do here in Cookeville. You’re in college, cut the cord.

I’ve heard people say they’d come if Tech won more. Here’s a little fact for you: Tech is 16-5 all-time when crowds of 6,000-7,000 pack the Hoop. What does this mean? If you come, it helps them win.

I want to hear what you think. Go on our Web site www.TNTechOracle.com, and tell me why you refuse to support Tech.