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  1. CL82

    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

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    In a nutshell:

    NJ's population just under 9 million
    CT's population just under 3.6 million.
    Either brought access to the NYC DMA (Big Ten network suscriber $)
     
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  2. VPDcurt

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    Regardless of the numbers, I think Rutgers suffers from the same thing BC does. I lived in Boston (downtown) for 5 years and can tell you that no one, and I mean NO ONE, cares about BC athletics. I think the same can be said of NYC and Rutgers.
     
  3. CL82

    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

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    I live in Jersey. Before the move to the Big 10 the absence of Rugters gear, flags, magnets, etc. was striking. Since the move, there definitely is a Rutgers presence. Now that could just be the soft economy pushing more kids to State U, but I think that Big 10 membership has helped Rutgers brand at least locally. I really don't begrudge them any success (at least until one of their posters shows up here.)
     
  4. VPDcurt

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    I agree. Unfortunately, joining the ACC did not have that desired effect on BC.
     
  5. MattMang23

    MattMang23 Contrarian

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    The state U of a large state vs. smallish private Catholic school in an area where most people are not fervently religious. Advantage: Rutgers.
     
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  6. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Why is it so hard To make it in America

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    Ran this by a KU friend. He expanded:

    Baylor is the kid everyone thought was good, but is a compulsive liar and bad friend who tries to get the neighborhood girls to see "what's in my dad's shed"

    TCU is a half sister, whose other family is really rich and showers them with gifts the others don't get as long as she goes to their church

    Texas Tech is the kid everyone forgets exists

    OSU is the oldest other than KU. Really likes to party. Pretty stupid.

    KSU has terrible self esteem but is ignored by the older sister. Occasionally does something decent and tries to get attention but gets shouted down by everyone else.

    ISU is the red-headed stepchild whose real family loves his brother (Iowa) way more than him

    And yeah, WVU started smoking cigarettes at 12, left home at 16, lives with her boyfriend in a trailer
     
  7. huskymedic

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    More info on USF pitch including the referenced Dungy/Tino video: More USF-Big 12 promotional materials unveiled (UPDATED)

    >>The first slide in a 28-slide presentation -- entitled "A New Partnership" -- seems to indicate the formal presenters were President Dr. Judy Genshaft, athletic director Mark Harlan, USF general counsel Gerard Solis, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and USF Board of Trustees chair Brian Lamb.<<
     
  8. upstater

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    I'm sure a lot of schools just take the private money and put it into facilities so as not to burden the academic side.

    But this doesn't make them more virtuous. Not when UConn subsidizes the AD with student money.

    Just to give you an example of where to find this information, look at the actual budgets in-depth of individual schools. I will give an example. Michigan. They rebuilt their stadium and Chrisler Arena several years ago. They have sunk $300B into facilities, and they owe that money on the academic side. The debt service on that money is $18-19m a year and it shows up in the total school's budget. For many years, the AD paid nothing toward that. But by now, they are contributing up to $13m toward the debt service, reducing this hidden subsidy from $18-19m a year to $5-6m a year. To top it off, they are also contributing money now to the academic side (which may cover tutoring etc.). The point is, however, that even if they are totally in the black (which they are) the subsidy still doesn't show up on places like USA Today's database. You will only find such information in the actual budgets. U. Texas is the same as Michigan.
     
  9. Yawkey Way

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    Thats not true. But lets assume that this often heard inaccurate narrative was indeed true, why then did the ACC accept BC into the ACC ? ... because of its athletics ? Because if one accepts that there is no interest in Boston for BC, then they are left with " athletics accomplishments " as the only other plausable reason for BC's early invite from the ACC in their expansion plans. Just sayin'.
     
  10. Fishy

    Fishy Puncher of Throats

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    No one cares about BC athletics.
     
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  11. VPDcurt

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    Thank you.
     
  12. UConnJim

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    Since the Flutie years, BC has changed dramatically. BC has become a very good school, but they used to be a local/regional school and they are now a national school as the students come from everywhere. In the old days, BC was full of local Boston kids, especially kids with Irish backgrounds, but those days are long gone.

    Many like how BC has changed, but local alums aren't so happy with the transition as it is now very hard for local legacies to get into BC.

    Why is this important? BC has lost its connection to the locals as they have become a national university. They probably can't grow local athletic fan interest that much going forward given that they aren't focused on the local market anymore and attending athletic events at BC is very difficult, especially for the casual fan.

    BC is a good fit for the ACC which has similar mid size private schools like Miami, Wake Forest, Duke, and Syracuse, but all of these schools have fan base issues. Growing their fan bases will be difficult as none are state flagship universities.
     
  13. Yawkey Way

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    Miami left the Big East for the ACC in 2003... which effectively started the collapse of the BE Football League. ESPN was not a party to this.The article here is ESPN 6 years later ( and after Miami, BC, VT are in the ACC ) that states thar ESPN is allegedly involved in influencing the remaining teams that it would like the ACC to invite.
     
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  14. Yawkey Way

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    Good analysis of BC's transformation from its earlier beginnings as essentially a commuter school in its student demographics to that of today with a broader, national student demographic... and I would concur with much of the rest of your assessment as well, UconnJim.
     
  15. Yawkey Way

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    The ACC School Presidents that vote on ACC expansion schools do.
     
  16. NYUConn

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    "My mom likes me"
     
  17. Yawkey Way

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    I would hope so... Your Dad too, NYUConn.
     
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  18. Fishy

    Fishy Puncher of Throats

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    They did. And then most of them retired.

    Their successors are probably quite a bit less enthusiastic.
     
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  19. Butch

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    Those ACC presidents were also apparently misguided. I am sure the ACC wishes they could swap BC for UConn.
     
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  20. MattMang23

    MattMang23 Contrarian

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    Ehhhh. That's also debatable. What they do care about though, are how many TV sets are in Boston.
     
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  21. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.

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    ^^^Nailed it. It's not "no one", but the fans they have are getting older and are increasingly displeased with their alma mater. I married one of those local Irish background BC grads, she certainly doesn't care about BC athletics.
     
  22. nelsonmuntz

    nelsonmuntz Point Center

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    After spending a couple of days thinking about Boren's statements, and the Flug tweets which he claims come from Oklahoma, it appears that Boren is turning up the heat. This isn't a shot across the bow, he hit the bow, and he is warning the Big 12 that the next shot will be below the waterline.

    The part of this I can't figure out is Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU. Why are they backing Texas on this? Texas has shown no loyalty to them before, and literally abandoned most of their league 20 years ago. If those schools wanted political cover, they got it. Why would they piss off Oklahoma like this when it could effectively be a death sentence for their athletic departments. If any of their representatives were in the school meetings the last two weeks, they should be thinking about how it will feel to be on the other side of that table in a few years when Texas and Oklahoma bolt and they have to find a new home.
     
  23. gioff23

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    Welcome to politics, Texas style.
     
  24. Kolumbo

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    Life in the AAC summed up by The Dog:
    Nathan 'Diamond Dog' Jones: It's a means to an end, my white friend. A means to an end. See, I's can play house xxxxxx tills we get to where we're goin'. And then, the Day of the Dog begins.
     
  25. atom58

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    I agree with your analysis of Boren's statements. In 1996, when the Big 8 became the Big XII and the SWC ended, the four SWC teams that made the transition were Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech. Left behind were TCU, Houston, SMU, and Rice. When A&M later left, TCU replaced them. Maybe Texas and Texas Tech could leave together as state schools to any other conference who would take them as a package deal but private schools TCU and Baylor would be left behind so they should start voting in their own long-term self interests. This should be true for the other 6 schools not in Texas so that would bring you to 8 votes. I do believe the "Big 10" would consider only AAU schools and only Texas, Kansas, and Iowa State are in that category - it is unlucky for ISU that Iowa is already there. This leaves very limited exit options for all but OU - they could bring along OK State to the SEC or Pac 12 as a package deal I think, so the conference had better expand while they can, and as I mentioned elsewhere the LHN would be an albatross for Texas preventing them from full membership anywhere else, plus I don't see them wanting to take a back seat to Alabama in the SEC, Southern Cal in the Pac 12, Michigan and Ohio State in the "Big 10", or the NC schools in the ACC, even if they folded up the LHN network.

    The dying days of the SWC

    Southwest Conference - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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