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It is certainly disappointing for Nerlens, but what matters is that second contract.  In any case, Nerlens at full strength would probably be closer to a 6-10 pick if he had waiting around for next year's draft.  Wiggins, Parker, and Randle are all more highly rated pros, and Aaron Gordon, Andrew Harrison, and Marcus Smart all have the chance to make that jump, too.  Next year's draft is incredibly stacked, and the 76ers are not a bad fit at all for Nerlens.  His intensity will be appreciated by the fans there.  Definitely a better long term fit for them than Andrew Bynum.

1 year, 4 months ago on Five SEC Players Selected In The NBA Draft With Nerlens Noel’s Drop Costing Him Millions

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It is not blind following... the only way to get the attention of an AD is to affect the wallet.  Those awful home attendances to end the year was voicing displeasure.  The only ones hurt by low attendance are those being paid by the university, and that certainly does not include the players.  They get their scholarships and benefits regardless.  There was extreme discontent with Joker and Mitch by the end of last season.  Getting mad but still showing up to the games produces a situation like the Toronto Maple Leafs; nothing changes.

1 year, 4 months ago on UK O-Line Coach: The Cat Fanbase “Is The Best In The Country”

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Good points.  Everyone has to be adaptable to succeed in society today.  You would never tell a tech company to "be patient, give it time" when it comes to a rollout or trying to train their people to utilize current business tools.  A coach on a good run with 5 years left on his rookie contract will never "be patient" if a better job opening comes his way.  Coach Martin is promoting a double standard.

1 year, 4 months ago on Carolina’s Martin Suggests College Basketball’s Transfer Problem Is A “Kids Today” Problem

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John, people are outraged because if you replaced "Catholic" with any other ethnic or religious group, there would be outrage from people who are brushing this off now.  If the President of one of the largest and most influential universities had said the same thing about Protestants, Muslims, Caucasians, Africans, Asians,etc., he would have been skewered.  Showing a bias toward a religious or ethnic group is not acceptable for a high profile public servant.  Bob down the road can say such things without much backlash because he does not make MAJOR decisions on behalf of students and the state using their tax or tuition money.  Gordon Gee does not have the luxury to joke about such things.

1 year, 5 months ago on Slive Has Already Accepted An Apology From OSU’s Gee; Columnists, Twitter Outraged

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A new, massively nice convention center across the street on the south side of Bridgestone Arena with thousands of new hotel rooms being built to support it.  Add another "win".

1 year, 5 months ago on Slive: SEC Exploring A “Primary” Site For Men’s Hoops Tournament

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@Paris10 Despite their record and history, UK is a top 20 revenue program.  Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Iowa gross more, so more than half the B1G would be glad to play UK.  It would be a step up in terms of revenue potential.  UK travels, even for football.

1 year, 5 months ago on Big Ten Leaders Continue To Say All The Right Things About Scheduling; Is the SEC Listening?

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@RussH Using 10 mil (seems high for net revenue), each team would have to make up 5 mil average a year because they would have 7 home games every other year.  5 mil a year is more palatable to make up for a vastly increased quality of product.

1 year, 5 months ago on Big Ten Leaders Continue To Say All The Right Things About Scheduling; Is the SEC Listening?

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Absolutely, and if they keep membership at 14 for the foreseeable future, they should strongly consider going to a 10 game conference schedule and allow the intrastate rival to count as the good power conference game.  At 10 games, each team plays their 6 division foes, and permanent cross division rival, and 3 of the remaining 6 cross division teams per year.  So, everyone plays each other at least every two years.  Until the bowl committees drop the 6 win requirement, the new playoff selection committee shows that they really will select based on strength (not just overall record), and SEC schools are shown that TV revenue will more than make up the gap of not having a 7th home game every other year, 10 games has no chance.

1 year, 5 months ago on Big Ten Leaders Continue To Say All The Right Things About Scheduling; Is the SEC Listening?

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HUGE for Kentucky!  Hopefully, this will keep recruiting rolling down hill.

1 year, 5 months ago on Quarterback Barker Picks Kentucky

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@SouthernBoiSB Right, and the Big 10 is going through that right now with their new East/West lineup.  Some trophy games, like Ohio State/Illinois and Minnesota/Michigan, will no longer be annual events.  When a conference unanimously decides to expand to 14 teams, there has to be some expectation that everything cannot stay as it has always been.  

Personally, I would have loved for the trend to be 10-12 team conferences based on cultural, academic, and financial fit so that everyone in conference plays annually, then you can schedule excellent out of conference games.  Set history aside, and having Auburn, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt in conference with the nine southern ACC non-flagship schools (Miami, FSU, Ga. Tech, Clemson, NC. State, Duke, Wake Forest, Va. Tech., Louisville) while UNC and UVA come over to the flagship schools in the ACC sets up a 12 team flagship southern conference (Missouri probably never comes over if that scenario played out, but TAMU likely does).  Play your in-state rivalry game between flagship/state(private), and you take care of almost everyone's #1 and #2 rivalry game while still playing 12 games.  The only one with an issue is Auburn/Georgia which could be resolved as a permanent bowl game if both teams desired (assuming neither were in a championship/playoff game).  I say all that to say that their could be a solution, but keeping the season at 12 games with the conferences as currently composed is going to create problems unless you totally unbalance the schedule, like playing a permanent divisional crossover annual rival at the cost of only playing the other divisional teams once every 6 years (current SEC model).  I do not think that is sustainable or fair.

1 year, 6 months ago on Pac-12 Coaches Might Push For An Eight-Game Schedule

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It makes sense for the PAC because they have two divisions of six teams each.  So, 8 games gives the 5 annual division games plus half (3) of the other division each year, meaning everyone is playing each other equally.  The SEC's best chance at equality now is add one school, split in three divisions of 5 teams, and go 4-5, rotating divisions each year, allowing everyone to play every two years.  If adding two schools, go 4 divisions of 4 teams and go 3-4-2, also allowing everyone to play every two years.

I assume the PAC plans to supplement with a PAC/Big 12 showdown or at least strongly encourage each member to schedule a good OOC lineup.

1 year, 6 months ago on Pac-12 Coaches Might Push For An Eight-Game Schedule

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@mutigersbball Good points and agreed if Poythress and WCS do not get more fire in their belly.  The competition from these freshmen will make or break them.  Wiltjer is not as important to develop because UK is so loaded at his position, and they now have some tremendous shooters on the wing (Aaron Harrison and James Young).  All that said, if Andrew Wiggins signs on to Kentucky, it is game over.  Even the most skeptical analysts about UK (namely Seth Davis) agree on that.  We shall see!

1 year, 6 months ago on How Much Better Will SEC Hoops Be Next Season? Uh, Probably Not Much

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If "good" means like the B1G, which has won a single championship in a little over 20 years, then this is correct.  I would rather send three teams to the tournament and the SEC win it than send 7 teams that are not built to win it.  Have 2 of the top 5 teams is tremendous for the SEC's chances to have a title contender.  Kentucky is going to be crazy good... anybody watch these HS all star games?  Julius Randle and the Harrison twins' win-at-all cost mentality will be a pleasant departure from last year's squad.

1 year, 6 months ago on How Much Better Will SEC Hoops Be Next Season? Uh, Probably Not Much

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@Speedy98 Sure, that could work as well.  Good solution.  You would just have to make sure the permanent cross rival was intriguing.  As it was/is, UK/Miss. State was not moving the needle for anyone, and LSU/Florida is not fair to either school.

1 year, 6 months ago on The Battle Over SEC Scheduling Heats Up… But There’s No Such Thing As A “Fair” Schedule

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@AllTideUp , Yeah, the 14 number is the problem.  Staying at 12 could have produced a clean 11 game SEC round robin plus one opening for out of conference rival or an elite out of conference matchup.  It does not get any stronger than that.  16 could allow either two divisions where they play 7 division/4 out of division SEC games a year plus that one out of conference rival/elite matchup scenario.  I like that one because everyone's plays each other home/home every four years.  It seems silly to go chasing strength of schedule elsewhere when it can be found in the conference.  Also, I understand why the coaches use hyperbole, but every SEC game is not a "war".  Each year, there ends up being at least 2-3 patsies in the SEC. 

1 year, 6 months ago on The Battle Over SEC Scheduling Heats Up… But There’s No Such Thing As A “Fair” Schedule

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@BonzaiB They seriously mess with a live mascot?  That is cowardly, especially when it is a docile animal like a collie.  I don't blame TAMU for wanting to leave them be on an island out there.

1 year, 6 months ago on New Texas Tech Coach Kingsbury “Was Never An Aggie”

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“You’re not going to bait me there.  Hopefully someday those conversations can begin.”

Either:

1.  Tech is taking unofficial orders from the Big 12/UT (same thing?) to blackball TAMU, which, from Tech's perspective, is like Memphis blackballing Tennessee (similar driving distances and overall brand quality within the state, it seems).  I do not see any logical benefit to Tech simply not wanting to play TAMU based on their geography.  TAMU is relatively close from Tech's perspective, but Tech is not that close from TAMU's perspective considering what TAMU can get by going east.  I know most of these teams fly anyway, but if you're getting on a plane, you might as well fly to a peer institution.

2.  TAMU simply does not want to play Tech.  The state of Texas could be it's own country based on size and culture, and the schools are over 6 hours apart to drive.  It is not like they are both on Tobacco Road.

I understand why he would not directly answer the question.  Neither answer works well for Tech's image.

1 year, 6 months ago on New Texas Tech Coach Kingsbury “Was Never An Aggie”

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@Bronxvillepeter, It depends on what FSU is looking for academically.  If they want to be the worst house in the best neighborhood, then the BIG is best.  Only Nebraska is ranked lower academically.  In the SEC, they would be the nice house in the nice neighborhood.  FSU's ranking of 97 is tied for 7th best in the SEC with Missouri.  They are exactly average academically in the SEC.  Vandy, Florida, Georgia, TAMU, Alabama, and Auburn are ranked higher.

Fact check on basketball.  In the last 20 years, the SEC has had 6 national champions among three different programs (Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky).  The BIG has had one (Michigan St. in 2000). In terms of championships, the ACC has been the best in recent history, and the SEC is neck and neck with the Big East.  It is fine if you think FSU is a better fit, but saying the the SEC does not fit FSU academically and that they are consistently the worst basketball conference is untrue.

1 year, 6 months ago on FSU A.D. Spetman Talks Openly About Switching Conferences… And The SEC

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@ezgame Most of our active soldiers in the field (not officers or admin) are that age as well, and a fair share of them mess up in the way you described above.  Should the accounts of all people under 23 be managed by another?  How about those that enter a trade out of high school and do not go to college?  Should their paycheck be managed by another?

1 year, 6 months ago on As Opposition To Stipends Increases, So Too Do The Chances Of A New Subdivision In College Sports

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@HoustonVol , in that scenario, schools would have to totally get out of the licensing/marketing business of individual athletes.  They would constantly be in hot water for promoting some athletes and not others due to conflicts of interest.  Athletes would need to sign individual licensing deals and have an agent.  Not a problem with me, but schools would have to walk a fine line between promoting their teams without promoting individual players that stand to gain monetarily over others.

1 year, 6 months ago on As Opposition To Stipends Increases, So Too Do The Chances Of A New Subdivision In College Sports

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Based on last year's revenue numbers, the AAC sans UCONN is the pivot conference that could go either way if top 70-80 is truly the range.  Memphis has the 67th highest gross revenue, and Tulane has the 95th highest gross revenue with all other AAC members in between.  The top half of the MWC is also in the 60-90 revenue range.  Info from following link, by the way.  http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/

1 year, 6 months ago on As Opposition To Stipends Increases, So Too Do The Chances Of A New Subdivision In College Sports

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