Oh, I agree. I just figured somebody had to be "that guy", so why not me this time?
And let's not forget...
... Too soon?
Some perspective on Cincinnati's athletic department:
On a dollar basis, Cincinnati’s athletics program is one of the most heavily subsidized at a Division I public school, receiving nearly $23.2 million from the university in 2015. But it also is being creative in cutting costs. Omar Banks, the department’s chief financial officer, says revenues are expected to decline in future years for complicated reasons having to do with the breakup of the old Big East, UC’s tenure in the American Athletic Conference and how units of revenue from the NCAA men's basketball tournament are being distributed.
Cincinnati has instituted rules banning plane travel for non-conference games, saving “a couple hundred thousand dollars,” and capped per diems at $45, saving upwards of $75,000, he says. The department’s operating expenses rose from $25.2 million in 2005 to $59.5 million in 2013, not adjusting for inflation. Its expenses have decreased since ($55.4 million in 2014 and $51.7 million in 2015).
Cincinnati’s football team has made a bowl game nine times in the past 10 years, its men’s basketball team has played in the past six NCAA tournaments and its women’s soccer team won the 2015 AAC tournament. But Banks says that even with the cost cutting, if it doesn’t increase revenue from ticket sales and annual fundraising, “we could be looking at the percentage of subsidy that we receive becoming much higher.”
So I kinda get what McNay is saying in the first comment about spending like this when only relatively few athletic programs in the country are self-sufficient (UC not being one of them). But they're banking on Fickell making Bearcat football relevant and a money maker, and as the adage goes, you have to spend money to make money.
Meanwhile, as Rays spring training kicks off from Port Charlotte, the stadium debate rages on, we traded our best all-around player and locker-room presence in Logan Forsythe, and we're getting excited about maybe/possibly signing Matt Wieters for a year. Yay.
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3) People who don't bother to get in the right turn lane, but then go around the median separating the right-most travel lane and the right turn lane, to turn right.
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Just when you thought the groin punches had stopped in East Lansing...
I always thought lacrosse should draw more interest, especially with Johns Hopkins joining the B1G in that sport.
Wonder how that conversation went...
"Hey, Coach, this is Tom Dimitroff with the Atl..."
"YES! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, GET ME OUT... err, I mean, hello!"
One guy turns them down and walks on at Northwestern. This guy gets himself arrested. The groin punches keep coming in East Lansing.
With a name like that, damn right he plays football!
Lynch has got integrity and smarts, on the field or in the booth doing color commentary. Whether that translates to success in the front office of a dumpster fire like the 49ers is anyone's guess. Can it honestly be worse than what they had? ... damn, as someone who follows the Browns, I should know better than to ask that.
Late to the party, but how about Larry Kennedy? Commits here, SAT score sucks, but then goes to Florida and the OBC, and suddenly he qualifies? Always seemed fishy to me.
Always thought it was a bad idea to let a guy take over the Browns when he had a minority interest in the Steelers beforehand.
Shades of Hugh Culverhouse, the original Tampa Bay Bucs owner. Dude never spent a dime more than he absolutely had to.
Oh, I'm not saying he's a beanpole, by any stretch (pardon the pun), and by all means, if he earns playing time during training camp, put him out there. I just think he will benefit from added muscle in ways that smaller receivers may not.
Willie T knows what he's doing. And he'll actually home-grow QB talent there, as opposed to going shopping for FCS grad transfers every year.