Bearcat Troubles Affecting Fans

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM EDT

A turmoil filled month has left the Binghamton University basketball team with a new coach and just seven scholarship players.

Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh some fans have given up on the program, just months after its historic run.

Binghamton University basketball head coach Kevin Broadus leaves the Events Center Thursday, just a day after the campus learned he had been put on paid leave.

The program has seen six players have been dismissed and recruiting infractions.

Removing any hopes of another NCAA tournament run.

"Now our coach is looking like he's gonna be out the door. So it's really just taunting, dangling success in front of us and then experiencing a loss," said Justin Lewis a Binghamton University sophomore. "It's kind of a loss of a school pride."

"It was the first time actually following the NCAA and it was an exciting time and now all this happens and I'm kind of saddened," said. James Miola, a senior at the university.

The basketball teams success led to a buzz around campus and the Event Centers being packed. But with the program in shambles students say they're unlikely to attend any games.

"I came pretty excited about the games," said Alan Sweet, a freshman at BU. "I expected to get season tickets but after the last week I've decided I'm not going to."

Tomorrow's Late Night Madness is the start of official practice.

"It's something everybody would have been talking about just like the games last year and the kick off of the big year but now it's not as big of a deal," Lewis said. "That fire's gone."

And while support from the student body is waning, season ticket holders still plan to cheer on their team.

"The kids that are still left, as far as we know, they haven't done anything wrong and they deserve our support. We're fans, we're fans when they're good, we're fans when they're bad. We'll be there," said Rosie Pudish of Binghamton.

In her 14th year as a season ticket holder, Pudish says she's just happy to see the Bearcats play Division One hoops.

Binghamton University reports season ticket sales are up this year.

Late Night Madness kicks off the season tomorrow at the Events Center at 10 pm.

The Bearcats first game is November 14th.

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