When Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama emerged victorious from the ’08 Presidential Election, the U.S. economy was cratering and the nation’s collective moral was plummeting faster than the Dow Jones. The same could be said for many of college basketball’s powerhouses mired in mediocrity.
Four years later, during the final weeks of Obama's re-election bid, the unemployment rate has finally dipped below 8% and the economy’s trajectory is trending upward. The same goes for a number of once great programs. While prograns such as Illinois and Houston and have yet to find the elixir for their basketball woes, a few programs are on the cusp of regaining their lofty statuses.
However, instead of returning America back to its perch as the “Shining City On A Hill”, these programs seek their return to the NCAA championship's One Shining Moment.