They're an extremely experienced club. This is a team that was 20-0 at one point last year in the Big East. They know how to win. They don't get rattled. They have a great low post presence in [6-7 senior] Craig Smith, and to me their best player is [6-7 junior] Jared Dudley. I think they'll make a big run in the NCAA tournament.
I'm delighted to have re-signed for the club. The last three years in particular have gone very well for everyone at the club, and over the next two years we will continue to drive the club forward with the aim of maintaining that level of success.
I think Manny is obviously a huge part of this club. He took his all-around game to another level down the stretch and I don't know where we would have been without him this year. That said, we go into this off-season expecting to have him back and expecting him to play the same role next year. Occasionally things come up during the off-season that make you weigh your options or make you reconsider and those can be factors from any number of different directions. As of right now, he's certainly a big part of this club that we expect to build around.
You don't want to do anything that you haven't done before, or do anything drastic. We prepare our hockey club the way we think is needed, and it's worked for the better part of the year. Now all of a sudden we come out of the break and we can't find that. We will bang our head against the wall, and we'll scratch and claw and try to find ways to motivate people that have to be mentally more prepared.
He would hang around ? after he had a concert, he came down to the club, and we would give him a ride. He was a very shy person but just great and down to earth. He seemed a little uncomfortable with all the adulation.
Operating revenues from the Rose Garden -- including all the revenues from suites, club seats, concessions and other sources -- had become insufficient to pay the heavy debt burden, due, in large part, to declining attendance.