Dear AD Benedict/UConn BOT: Spend Some Goddam Money On Football

Dooley

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I completely understand folks for the "Cancel Football" posts and opinions. We are the unquestioned worst team in the country. Nobody - not even UMass - is lower than us. We'll be #1 Bottom 10 on every sports site on Monday morning for the rest of the season.

But I want to do the exact opposite...

UConn boasts about having a G5 leading ~$70M AD budget. We pay Geno and Hurley very aggressively and rightfully so. We're a basketball school and always will be. But when it comes to the one and only sport that could lift our school and state economy out of the doldrums of college athletic's minor leagues, we go cheap. Incredibly cheap. Edsall is paid peanuts. We just let SMU (S.M.U.!) poach an assistant coach from us. Our assistant coaches could leave UConn and make more money bagging groceries at Big Y.

Why bother? You get what you pay for.

Either spend some goddam money and employ an actual FBS level coaching staff - assistants included - or the "Cancel/Drop Football" crowd will only get bigger, louder and, worst of all, 1000% right. What is the point of student subsidies - already astronomically high - if that money isn't being put the one and only use to get UConn into "The Money Club"?? The one and only college sport that could give the state economy a HUGE boost.

Put some goddam money into our football coaching pool. Call it Benedict's Last Stand. Call it our Doug Flutie moment. Call it whatever you want. Increase our football coaching pay pool today and put everything we have into it. Commit fully to it. Slash ticket prices, give students free tickets, and eat more money. Endure the frustrated complaints from the fans and alumni during yet another transition period. And in 3-5 years, when CR will firmly be closed, if we're no better than we are today, drop it and do what you have to do. But please please try. Partial commitment and half arsing is making this program worse, not better.
 

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LOL

Benedict's last stand. Guy couldn't even last a year on twitter.
He might be in over his head. I thought he understood that football is paramount to positioning our AD but he's done absolutely nothing to show it.
 
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AD Dave is probably interviewing around and trying to jump off the USS UConn Titanic before it's too late. Warde somehow convinced Michigan to hire him so there's hope for him. Sure am rooting for him to save his skin (and reputation)!
 

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I completely understand folks for the "Cancel Football" posts and opinions. We are the unquestioned worst team in the country. Nobody - not even UMass - is lower than us. We'll be #1 Bottom 10 on every sports site on Monday morning for the rest of the season.

But I want to do the exact opposite...

UConn boasts about having a G5 leading ~$70M AD budget. We pay Geno and Hurley very aggressively and rightfully so. We're a basketball school and always will be. But when it comes to the one and only sport that could lift our school and state economy out of the doldrums of college athletic's minor leagues, we go cheap. Incredibly cheap. Edsall is paid peanuts. We just let SMU (S.M.U.!) poach an assistant coach from us. Our assistant coaches could leave UConn and make more money bagging groceries at Big Y.

Why bother? You get what you pay for.

Either spend some goddam money and employ an actual FBS level coaching staff - assistants included - or the "Cancel/Drop Football" crowd will only get bigger, louder and, worst of all, 1000% right. What is the point of student subsidies - already astronomically high - if that money isn't being put the one and only use to get UConn into "The Money Club"?? The one and only college sport that could give the state economy a HUGE boost.

Put some goddam money into our football coaching pool. Call it Benedict's Last Stand. Call it our Doug Flutie moment. Call it whatever you want. Increase our football coaching pay pool today and put everything we have into it. Commit fully to it. Slash ticket prices, give students free tickets, and eat more money. Endure the frustrated complaints from the fans and alumni during yet another transition period. And in 3-5 years, when CR will firmly be closed, if we're no better than we are today, drop it and do what you have to do. But please please try. Partial commitment and half arsing is making this program worse, not better.
Dear BOT fire Benedict post haste

#fify
 

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AD Dave is probably interviewing around and trying to jump off the USS UConn Titanic before it's too late. Warde somehow convinced Michigan to hire him so there's hope for him. Sure am rooting for him to save his skin (and reputation)!
C____rm_d
 
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Have patience ( sarcasm). We are building a program. Whatever that means. Let me see. What other lame excuses I can recycle .....the cupboard is empty.need a recruit that fits the program . we are a northeastern team it’s harder..... last coach recruited the wrong player .. we need to tear it down to rebuild it ....,,did I miss any ??????
 
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Ohhh ya my favorite from the CT sports media. The fans need to support the team to build the program!!!!
As if
You fans are too stupid to know how to build a program or support one
 
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Ohhh ya my favorite from the CT sports media. The fans need to support the team to build the program!!!!
As if
You fans are too stupid to know how to build a program or support one
The sports media doesn't know any more about the game than you. They need to be more critical of the coach and program. They also need to grow a set of grapefruits too.
 
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We need to let in more questionable kids and cut some non-revenue sports to better fund football. However, all kinds of schools win with less resources, so let’s not ignore that fact and demand more from our coaches.
 

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We need to let in more questionable kids and cut some non-revenue sports to better fund football. However, all kinds of schools win with less resources, so let’s not ignore that fact and demand more from our coaches.
Win with less resources in recruiting hotbeds... our coaching sucks, our recruiting sucks and we aren’t passionate about football that’s a recipe to horrible.
 
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I completely understand folks for the "Cancel Football" posts and opinions. We are the unquestioned worst team in the country. Nobody - not even UMass - is lower than us. We'll be #1 Bottom 10 on every sports site on Monday morning for the rest of the season.

But I want to do the exact opposite...

UConn boasts about having a G5 leading ~$70M AD budget. We pay Geno and Hurley very aggressively and rightfully so. We're a basketball school and always will be. But when it comes to the one and only sport that could lift our school and state economy out of the doldrums of college athletic's minor leagues, we go cheap. Incredibly cheap. Edsall is paid peanuts. We just let SMU (S.M.U.!) poach an assistant coach from us. Our assistant coaches could leave UConn and make more money bagging groceries at Big Y.

Why bother? You get what you pay for.

Either spend some goddam money and employ an actual FBS level coaching staff - assistants included - or the "Cancel/Drop Football" crowd will only get bigger, louder and, worst of all, 1000% right. What is the point of student subsidies - already astronomically high - if that money isn't being put the one and only use to get UConn into "The Money Club"?? The one and only college sport that could give the state economy a HUGE boost.

Put some goddam money into our football coaching pool. Call it Benedict's Last Stand. Call it our Doug Flutie moment. Call it whatever you want. Increase our football coaching pay pool today and put everything we have into it. Commit fully to it. Slash ticket prices, give students free tickets, and eat more money. Endure the frustrated complaints from the fans and alumni during yet another transition period. And in 3-5 years, when CR will firmly be closed, if we're no better than we are today, drop it and do what you have to do. But please please try. Partial commitment and half arsing is making this program worse, not better.


love,love this post. Send to AD,please.
 
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#23
Offering free tickets to the students, who currently finance just under 40% of our athletic budget, is definitely this missing piece. The last published numbers for revenue and expenses pertaining to the football program showed that for every dollar in revenue the program generated, the university spent two.

UConn has tried everything. The experienced, respected coach with Pasqualoni. The hot, fast-rising assistant at a major program with Diaco. Hiring back the one man who was able to get UConn to perform at a medicore level in Edsall.

The high-point of the program is being the worst BCS representative of all time. Since joining the AAC we are 13-51 against FBS opponents. We are Kansas with 1/10 of the television revenue. Unfortunately, women's basketball and field hockey don't move the needle when it comes to conference realignment (both of which are more of a net positive for CR hopes than the football team). Cut the program. Join the Big East. Let's at least enjoy watching basketball again.
 

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Throw more money at the problem? The damage is damn near irrevocable.

And even if its not. What's the end game? Winning 8 games a year in a mid major league in front of 25,000?

Even if a P5 league expands we're behind Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, UCF, USF, and Memphis in any pecking order.

Give this experiment a few more years until the P5 dream is officially dead after the next round of TV deals and if we're still on the outside looking in, see if we can just get into the Big East or be the ACC's 16th hoop team.
 

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Throw more money at the problem? The damage is damn near irrevocable.

And even if its not. What's the end game? Winning 8 games a year in a mid major league in front of 25,000?

Even if a P5 league expands we're behind Houston, Cincinnati, BYU, UCF, USF, and Memphis in any pecking order.

Give this experiment a few more years until the P5 dream is officially dead after the next round of TV deals and if we're still on the outside looking in, see if we can just get into the Big East or be the ACC's 16th hoop team.
If we win 8 games a year, I will guarantee that we will average more than 25k people in the stands.

The problem is apparently the "8 wins" part of the equation...
 
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