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  1. atom58

    State of the program

    Newton knew there was a philosophical defect in his theory of gravity but could only offer action at a distance as an explanation: something here (such as the Earth) affects something over there (such as the Moon) without any visible strings between them. In the 19th century Faraday and Maxwell...
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    State of the program

    Maybe you helped!
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    State of the program

    The violation of Bell's Theorem by quantum mechanics shows there is no true separation anywhere. I do believe as do a number of others that objectivity has failed as well as locality. The logical positivists in other fields of science are horrified. It doesn't mean that I can levitate if I want...
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    State of the program

    Constructive or destructive criticism? - "critics criticize but doers do". Negativity can feed on itself and generate a bad atmosphere. I'm not a FB coach and do not suggest coaches and players visit this site - do or do not? This team is a new edition - let's see what they can do b4 we conclude...
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    Key tweets, and it's all gone to Hell.

    Keep in mind that the SEC (not a fan) does not use the same fanciful accounting method of the Big 10 (14), which includes a portion of gate receipts as part of their payout to pump up the numbers. Neither the SEC nor the ACC do that I have read.
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    State of the program

    Give the players and coaches a chance - avoid negativity - let's see what happens. I think the new DC and strength coach (very impressed with him) will make a difference, as will the transfers, D2 or otherwise, and maybe even the new locker room and strength facility. FB is a team sport - it's...
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    Non-Key Tweets

    No CPA here, but yes, that is a funny way of accounting ... smoke and mirrors I suppose.
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    Non-Key Tweets

    As the Dude would point out, you are not alone: look at UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, UMass, Rutgers (at least in the short run), Air Force (but USG), Central Michigan (MAC), too many others to list - look at the "total allocated" column, which is $$ from the school, student fees, etc.
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    Non-Key Tweets

    I will have to give credit to the "Dude of West Virginia" for this USA Today link about 2017-18 school finances from the NCAA for 230 schools: https://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/finances UConn is number 52 on the list. Recall that there are 65 P5 schools. I believe only public schools are on...
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    ESPN Article: UConn's Edsall: Paying college players 'inevitable'

    One more thing - the more these schools earn, the more they spend, "keeping up with Joneses", and yes, CFB coaches salaries are completely off the charts when much of their success comes from the players and the strength coach - getting a P5 or major G5 head coach job these days is like winning...
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    ESPN Article: UConn's Edsall: Paying college players 'inevitable'

    Right. From the ACC public schools (conference rank, national rank, school name, revenues and expenses) there is this from Wikipedia for 2016-17 (the 7 private schools do not report their income and expenses) ... 1 13 Florida State University $144,514,413 $143,373,261 2 22 University of...
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    ESPN Article: UConn's Edsall: Paying college players 'inevitable'

    Well, the women do have 11 national championships so there is that ...
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    12 Reasons Why UConn Will Regret the New Big East

    I think no one really knows. To get Biblical on you, we "see through a glass darkly" - still a great quote from economist Oskar Morgenstern of Mathematica, Inc. while testifying before a US Senate committee in 1972 about funding the Space Shuttle: "things are hard to predict, especially the...
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    12 Reasons Why UConn Will Regret the New Big East

    I hope you will be back although to be true, if I supported one Big 10 (14) team it would be Michigan State. I once had the privilege of seeing them play in person when I lived in Tallahassee. I guess I support the underdog in many but not all cases - probably why I'm here. I don't dislike...
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    Songs with great guitar riffs

    Here's another one:
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    Songs with great guitar riffs

    Maybe my all time favorite, by an NYC kid (like me):
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    Further Big East Expansion

    Neither does the SEC - the only P5 conference not to do so, but with their money (pioneering the first FBS confence championship game) and football (mainly through AL) and even basketball (mainly through UK) performance, probably don't need one. Now ideally ND should have gone with the Catholic...
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    Courant: UConn better off in the Big East

    This is a valid point - it is a legitimate fear. I have read that when the NCAA Division I schools (351 of them now per Wikipedia) vote on issues, they may resent the 65 P5 schools but most of them vote to approve P5 initiatives (like giving more money to student athletes and allowing the Big 12...
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    Independent Scheduling

    I should have added that I read the AAC schools also are having to spend some money to get ready for participating in the new ESPN TV contract, maybe not so much as the ACC schools with their new network, but again that is some money that could have been used elsewhere. While I am not a...
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    Independent Scheduling

    My surmise from reading opinions on this site is that you guys will be better off in the long run, especially if Fox ups the per school payout in the NBE as some expect, as almost all of your teams will have lower travel costs; this includes the FB team too - recruits want to play against the...
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    2019 Walk-On Tryouts...

    The several funny comments here about being too "out of shape" made me remember a guy in his 40s who was a walk on for FSU in the 1980s when Bobby Bowden was coach - no joke, this guy whose name I cannot find was an exercise fanatic and Bowden said he was in great physical shape - period.
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    AAC 2nd TV Contract/Negotiations

    I thought you folks might like these comments from The Sporting News: "That breaks down [to] $6.94 million per year per AAC school, a jump of more than $5 million per year per school. By comparison, according to the San Jose Mercury News, the Pac-12 Networks, the Power 5 conference's own media...
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    Lou’s injury

    Now I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but recovery from a lumbar strain or even sprain for a young woman should not take too long. Years ago I had self-diagnosed sciatica (pain radiating down the outside of one leg) from lifting. I stopped lifting, did bed rest for a few days over a...
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    Jim Boeheim Hits And Kills Man

    Very true - the complete calculation is as follows: 60.0 (mi/hr)(5280 ft/mi)(1 hr/3600 sec) = 88.0 (ft/sec) exactly (add as many zeros to the result as you care to write). In the time it takes to snap your fingers, you travel 88 ft at that speed. I always "share" this with my students and I...
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    Is the AAC even P6?

    Yes, and it is likely FSU, Miami, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech would have joined an Eastern FB conference in the early 1980s as they were all independents then. Pitt and Penn State had great success in those years. And yes, it was Oklahoma and I think Georgia that sued the NCAA to manage...
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    Is UConn dying?

    As I understand your situation, it seems to me that if (i) the on-field/on-court "product" can be mildly to moderately improved, and (ii) current students do not go into open revolt over athletic fees, then the University will be able to continue to compete athletically and carry your brand...
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    Non-Key Tweets

    ESPN lost two million subscribers in 2018. Very interesting as a long term trend, may mean the BTN, SECN, LHN, PAC12N, and soon to be nascent ACCN are all on borrowed time. Still 86 million left, however concussion lawsuits and other problems may endanger college sports as you have known it...
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    CTE Diagnosed in 99% of former NFL players

    And, on the other hand, there is also this: Head Trauma in High School Football May Be More Complicated Than We Thought
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    UConn athletics long-term

    I realize the alternate views here (a minority I think) are mainly to go independent FBS/FCS + BB in the new BE as opposed to dropping FB, but a case can be made for FB too: Banking on college sports
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    CUSA TV deal could get interesting (Charleston Gazette)

    Yes and people are voters too. If politicians slash funds only to G5 schools in a state, they will not be re-elected.
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    CUSA TV deal could get interesting (Charleston Gazette)

    These are outstanding comments IMO. In Florida alone, USF already has more students than FSU and UCF has more students than UF. UCF will soon have more students than Ohio State and graduates 15,000 per year - they (and other G5 schools) will have grads all over their states and in the state...
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    CUSA TV deal could get interesting (Charleston Gazette)

    For the G5 schools, there could be more $$ coming within a few years and not just from a re-launch of American Sports Network (ASN). At one time Raycom Sports had broadcast rights to the SEC and ACC. The SEC left in 2009 and now has an extremely profitable ESPN channel and in two years the ACC...
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    How the cookie crumbles where we land in the B1G.

    I did so for similar reasons - plus the $$ saved monthly (to be spent on other things to be sure). As a supporter of both FSU of which I am a grad and the ACC to which FSU belongs, I too had no desire to support the BTN or SEC networks. IMHO the ground will begin to shake again in CFB around...
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    Bo Jackson on CTE

    It was once thought impossible but it is now known that birds do this and evidently in subcortical neurons in the human brain. https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-animals-which-can-regenerate-brain-nerve-cells Axon Regeneration in the Peripheral and Central Nervous Systems
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    Bo Jackson on CTE

    Several things are worth saying, whether they will be appreciated or not. Bo Jackson unlike many other FB players had "options" - he was in MLB too I recall. If you are highly athletic but not tall enough for BB and so forth, then FB or MLB are the "shortest" routes to riches, pardon that pun...

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