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Comment 28 Nov 2018

Five teams, only P5 conference champs get in.  Seeding for each conference is determined by the prior year's playoff performance (or some other method).  Structure looks like this:

Round 1:  4th seed vs 5th seed

Round 2:  1st seed vs winner of Round 1 & 2nd seed vs 3rd seed

Round 3:  Winner of the two games in round 1

Personally, I don't care if a 6-6 conference champ makes it to the playoff.  One solution, if folks do care, would be to implement the Big 12 conference structure where the two best teams in each conference play each other.

Comment 31 Aug 2018

I've done a few audits of football attendance, and what the schools are doing is allowable by NCAA bylaws.  Essentially, Bylaw requires a D1 school to maintain an average home attendance at football games of 15,000 actual headcount at the game or "paid attendance" over a rolling two-year period. 

"Paid attendance" is a count of all tickets sold for at least 1/3 of the highest regular season ticket price.  So, if you buy a ticket at face value you will be counted in the 'paid attendance' figure.  Tons, if not all, small schools use the paid attendance calculation in order to meet the NCAA requirement mentioned above.  Smaller football programs like the schools in the MAC will essentially 'buy' tickets from their athletics department to make up the gap so that the average paid attendance is 15,000.

I imagine that these types of audits would have been easier at a big school like Ohio State.  Walk out near the field on game-day, take a panorama photo.  Boom, 105K people.  Repeat once more if needed.

Comment 29 Aug 2018

Can you help me understand how you're getting that?  Here is the full paragraph from her attorney:

As her attorney, I can tell you that Ms. Smith is cautiously optimistic that The Ohio State University’s investigative committee will determine if proper reporting protocol was followed upon learning of the ongoing, abuse allegations against Zach Smith. We believe the University must prioritize the safety and well-being of others above all else. While The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation.

In the same paragraph, the attorney mentions that investigation will determine if proper protocol ..., abuse allegations against Zach Smith.  The next time the allegations [are mentioned is] in the statement 'has never contact[ed] Ms. Smith.'  Am I being dense and missing something obvious?

EDITS in brackets above.

Comment 29 Aug 2018

I believe you are mistaken.  Courtney Smith's lawyer issued a statement through McMurphy saying "... while The Ohio State University has never contacted Ms. Smith to discuss these allegations, she will fully cooperate with the university’s current investigation."

The full details are here:

Comment 24 Aug 2018

Alright, so here is the exact language from the report:

Upon seeing this report when it first came out (at about 10:17 a.m.), Brian Voltolini, who was on the practice field with Coach Meyer went to speak with him, commenting that this was “a bad article.” The two discussed at that time whether the media could get access to Coach Meyer’s phone, and specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted. 

There's no indication based on this summary who brought up the phone.  Only that Voltolini initiated a conversation with Meyer about the article.

Comment 24 Aug 2018

I got that impression as I initially read the following from the 11W summary of the findings:

Following Brett McMurphy’s report on Aug. 1 that suggested Meyer was aware of the domestic violence allegations made against Zach Smith in 2015, Voltolini had a conversation with Meyer on the practice field in which they “specifically discussed how to adjust the settings on Meyer’s phone so that text messages older than one year would be deleted.”

I'm pretty dumb when it comes to grammar and reading comprehension, but reading "Vololini had a conversation..." initially implied that Voltolini started the conversation.  Re-reading this, however, I'm not so sure that is the correct take.

Comment 01 Aug 2018

Thanks to both of you.  I think I am just nitpicking a particular paragraph.  I read the below paragraph to say that the duty to report is a new part of the contract:

If Ohio State's investigation determines that Meyer was aware of domestic violence allegations . . . and did not report them to the university, that could be grounds for firing him. Per a clause that was added to Meyer's contract in April, Meyer is required to "promptly report ..."

Perhaps my reading comprehension is off, but isn't the second sentence explaining why OSU could have grounds for termination?  To restate the paragraph another way:  OSU could have grounds for firing him because of a contract clause that was added into Meyer's new April contract.  The alleged abuse events that I know about occurred prior to April 2018, and I don't think anyone (or any organization) can apply a contract retroactively.  I don't know if contracts work that way, but I suspect not.

Sure, OSU could have grounds for firing Meyer.  I just don't understand how their reasons are at all related to the contract he signed in April.

Comment 29 Jul 2015

Don't play it, but I have a number of friends who do.

Mostly Insurgency for me.

Looking forward to some Star Citizen, though.

Comment 07 Jul 2015

Thank you.

Even though "Men shouldn't hit women" doesn't state that it's okay for women to hit men or men to hit men, by leaving the statement with just one gender it implies that the latter two are okay.

Replace the girl with a scrawny male.  Would all the people who are so outraged by this still be outraged if both parties were male?

People shouldn't hit people.

Comment 03 Jul 2015

The price of labor, just as any good or service, is determined by supply and demand.  You might think that the salaries, advertising, and ticket prices have gotten out of control.  Hell, many people might think that.  Enough don't, though, and that's one reason we still see increasing salaries for professional athletes.

On the supply side, I'd argue that it's less probable for someone to become a professional athlete than it is to become a teacher, nurse, or veteran.  In the former situation, a person basically has to hit the genetic lottery.  The latter situation can be reached through learning and training, which is far more easily attainable for the average Jane or Joe.  I mean absolutely no disrespect toward any teachers, nurses, or veterans.  It's just a game of numbers -- how many professional athletes are there in the world in comparison with how many teachers?  What about nurses or veterans?  

I don't think the statement that athletes fail to contribute to society in a meaningful way is correct either.  A society without entertainment wouldn't last for long.  I think what's more important is the sense of comradery fans of the same teams feel.  "Oh, you're a fan too?!"  In a way, sports teams help bind communities together.  Just look at this website as an example.

Comment 20 Mar 2015

I am not at all a fan of Kentucky, but I have to agree.  It's downright beautiful.

The weather looks about perfect, too -- 68º during the day and 37º at night.

Comment 23 Feb 2015

College Administrator.  Started out as an Auditor and have only recently made my way to Budget.

Comment 13 Jan 2015

Among my circle of friends, I have been an ardent critic of Tom Herman.

After seeing everything that he and the rest of the coaching staff accomplished, I am happy to eat crow duck.  Thank you for the past three years Tom.

Comment 12 Jan 2015

Foie gras is legal again in California.  For those of you who don't know, foie gras is a dish made from duck that's been force-fed to make its liver fatty.

Coincidence?  I think not.  GET YOUR TIN FOIL HATS ON!  California picked this one for the good guys.

Comment 08 Jan 2015

No.  I just picked it up from a few English buddies I knew in college.

Plus, it makes me sound fancier and pretentious saying it as a native U.S. citizen.  I just have to be careful -- add in some tea and cookies and I turn into a real douche.