|Published:||Mar 25, 2013 11:07 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 25, 2013 11:49 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla - Admissions and trustees are reacting to all of the national attention. They know full well that the last 72 hours have forever changed the university.
Sports can be one of the best ways to get a university's name out there and that's why admissions and trustees believe no matter what happens on Friday, FGCU's momentum will continue for years all because of this one magical season.
"This is going to bring attention to the university no question about it and its going to help notoriety and help the success of the university," says Scott Lutgert.
Lutgert was chairman of the board of trustees for 12 years and still serves on the board today. He and his family have helped establish the Lutgert College of Business, believing in FGCU's mission from day one.
"Our main focus is educating students," says Lutgert. " That's what the mission of this university is. To educate them and help them get jobs and to lead a more productive life."
The basketball teams success is already having a positive impact on prospective students. FGCU's admissions director says hits to the website increased 400 percent overnight and this weekend more than 200 people requested applications, a number that usually hovers around 20.
Lutgert hopes the success on the court also sparks financial support from the community. "Hopefully it translates into people in the community being more supportive of the university," says Lutgert.
While negotiating coach Andy Enfield's contract isn't something trustees are involved in, Lutgert says he's hopeful the community will keep him around to continue the current programs success. "Andy can stay down here and develop a basketball powerhouse so he might as well stay and keep the run going," says Lutgert.
As for talk of FGCU bringing in a football team, Lutgert says that would cost $100 million and raising that kind of money is unlikely, even with this historic run to the Sweet Sixteen.
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