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osu78 12th Warrior

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Comment 19 hours ago

I think the loss attributed to scholarships is essentially a paper one since all it represents is a transfer payment. The school charges the athletic department the full retail costs and moves the money from one account to the other; but that doesn’t represent the marginal costs of educating one additional athlete. If the university chose to not charge a sport the costs of scholarships the financial numbers would reflect a smaller loss or potentially a small profit. There are real costs of running an atheletic department where money actually flows out of the university and thus is a real cost, not just a transfer payment like a scholarship.

Some companies I worked for that used transfer payments caused some real heart burn because it hit one P&L and benefited another yet no real money was made; in some cases we could buy equipment for less from an outside supplier than we were charged if we bought it internally and did so, which of course upset the department that we could have bought it from internally. Transfer payments can be used a tax avoidance tactic to make the areas with the most beneficial tax structure more profitable and limit profits in less beneficial ones.

To put it into perspective, ho many FBS schools couldn’t afford to take 6 more top scholars in academic fields and offer them a full scholarship?  Many tier two schools already do that to try to up their numbers and fil classrooms; they have to to attract students that, all things equal, will go to a higher ranked school unless they make a much better financial offer.

Comment 20 hours ago

If the NCAA raised the limit for football they could simply allow an equivalent number of at large ones for women’s sports to comply with Title IX and let the university decide how to use them.

Comment 20 hours ago

Except faculty members are more important than athletes in the long run. They are what gives a university their reputation, drives research money (the real money maker for universities) and may be the reason someone chooses a university.

Most universities could easily absorb the cost of 2 or even three football scholarships plus the equivalent women’s sports scholarships without any hardship. The could easily raise tuition by a a small amount and help cover costs that way, especially since they already know what a person can afford and the result is those already paying 100% would see an increase but those not may not even see one.

Comment 20 hours ago

For me the question is: How broad is the playbook options for each QB?

By that, I mean what percentage of the playbook can th3 # 2 and 3 guys run successfully, or at least with a high probability of completing the play and gain the desired results? The closer to 100% each guy is means opposing defenses can’t key on only a couple of possibilities to attack the offense; nd thus our offense can keep them guessing. 

More importantly, it also gives Day greater opportunities to play the backup and give him and his teammates confidence in their abilities to make plays; as well as stretch his capabilities and help him gain experience in areas he needs to develop since the can run a variety of high probability plays as well as developmental ones and still move the ball. I think this is important late in the game where we have a comfortable lead since Day can experiment a bit without destroying a QB’s confidence by either limiting his options nor asking him to make plays he struggles with.

Finally, it can help recruiting by showcasing that we let a QB (and recover, RB’s etc) get a variety of touches and thus their abilities will be put on full display at tOSU.

Comment 13 Feb 2019

Theater is the willing suspension of disbelief, at least that's what I was taught in my Theater101 class. I understand you don't like it; which is dependent on expectations. It's entertainment, not history; and while I don't have a problem with a medium taking liberties with history to make a story more interesting I do worry that people will take what they see as fact (this is not a shot at you, BTW). In my perfect world someone watching Hamiltion would say "that's a neat story" and then read some historically accurate accounts of his life; and maybe even get a $2 bill.

Comment 13 Feb 2019

While I agree overall, it's also possible he gets a much bigger signing bonus than he got for baseball.  If he winds up as a backup, doesn't get hurt, he could switch back to baseball after his rookie contract and potential collect another signing bonus. All he misses are a couple of developmental years, the question is what impact does that have on a baseball career, given the overall longevity..

Comment 10 Feb 2019

Dabo stripping is not an image I want to see...

Dabo seems to be using the Chewbacca defense while doing his best Sgt. Shultz imitation.

Comment 10 Feb 2019

It's great to see students raising money for such a good cause. 

I wonder if they have to license Thon from Penn State since it is a trademark they have registered; also for a charity fundraising event. Would BuckeyeThon be distinctive enough not to cause confusion?

As a side note, universities have some interesting trademarks, include TOSU:


Comment 07 Feb 2019

I'd like to see every scholarship come with the stipulation that a kid can attend school tuition free until the get enough credits to graduate, or a minimum of 5 years, whatever is longer, even if they no longer play the sport. It wouldn't count against the cap but would help kids get their degrees even if they take a detour or two.

Comment 07 Feb 2019

No, but every offer I have gotten also came with a time frame where they'd like an answer, so both sides could plan. It would not be unreasonable for an offer to be held open at least say 2 - 4 weeks at a minimum. A school could give tighter windows to players they'd be OK losing; that would let both sides know where they stand and move on if needed.

Comment 07 Feb 2019

That is some recording. Thanks for sharing. I share your sentiment on the "it could happen anywhere." There but for the grace of God go us...

It reminded me of some work I did in the nuke industry on what you aviators call Cockpit Resource Management.  You have a culture that breads Type A personalities confident in their abilities (which is needed but can be detrimental to decision making), poor communications that results in poor situational awareness, and junior people who have important information get ignored or brow beat into silence and doing things they may realize is wrong. As a result, something bad happens. It is more common than one might think, in aircraft, nuke power plant control rooms, emergency rooms, etc. The nuke industry took their program from the airlines, who learned their lessons in blood. It is areal challenge to develop a culture where people follow orders and still make their voices heard so the decision maker has good situational awareness and can make good decisions.

Comment 07 Feb 2019

The WMD on the Fitzgerald collision is a fascinating read. It shows how any number of events, which may be insignificant in isolation, can cause a serious problem. Everyone was trying their best but some were simply not yet experienced enough to take on the responsibility they were given, and when you added in some fateful decisions on how to proceed it set them up for a disaster.

It reminded me of my CO's rule "If you even think you may need to call me you need to call me. Don't wait until it is too late."

Comment 07 Feb 2019

Here's a question:
If he played Aussie rules football and was paid or otherwise reimbursed for playing wouldn't he be ineligible per NCAA rules?Or is it OK because it is a different sport, much like getting drafted in baseball doesn't impact football eligibility?

Comment 06 Feb 2019

I like that idea. If the kid doesn't want to sign then the offer is not commitable and can be pulled at any time; and both sides know where they stand. If the kid wants to wait and see what else comes along, that's fine and the school can decide when to move on as well. If the kid decides to back out and signs elsewhere then he has to sit a year. That would make schools less likely to try to flip a kid unless they already planned to redshirt him. My guess such a system would have the biggest impact on the 3 stars and some 4 stars who are more of a backup plan; top tier schools would probably wait to see how their top targets shape up before offering a LOI. They'd probably get more non-top tier schools offering a binding letter of intent and have to make a decision: take what I have or roll the dice for a better option? A coach could say "an offer is coming" but the kid could then say "send the LOI" to see if he was serious or just hedging his bets. One upside for the lower ranked kids is they may get a top tier offer sooner in some cases if the schools top targets sign LOIs with other schools and force them to look at other options.The 5 stars and top 4 stars would probably just get a bunch of LOIs with scholarship offers.

I doubt anything changes because the top schools benefit from the system as it is, sports media gets stories that capture eyeballs during the slow season, and some kids like the attention.

A side note was how a school fired a coach for banning Bama from recruiting there after Bama did not honor an offer. That is a coach who cares for his kids and it also shows the power of top schools.

Comment 06 Feb 2019

One problem I see with it beyond scams is liquidity. When I looked at it, many exchanges limited the amount you could withdraw so even if you made millions you couldn't just put in a sell order and have it clear like in most exchanges. There is no market maker, and if the exchange doesn't have the cash or buyers you  are stuck selling over time. Thats OK when it is a bull but painful when the bear bytes you.