a terrible blight on our fine country
This was on MGoBlog a few weeks ago (Possibly fueled this to victory?). Only been there once but absolutely loved it. Great news for the state! Even though it's no secret that there is a lot of beauty within its borders.
Recent conference expansion talk has fueled more speculation about the Big Ten adding a new member. Without a football powerhouse like Nebraska available, I believe that the only way a new member is added to the Big Ten is with solid athletics and powerhouse academic credentials. One way to measure academic excellence and activity is total research expenditures; I have compiled a list of total research dollars spent for a five year span (2004-2008) from The Top American Research Universities 2010 Report, from Part II starting on p.31. After gathering the raw data in Excel, I made a few simple calculations: summing data from different years, dividing schools into athletic conferences*, and finding the mean, median and mean expenditures per year. This should give some insight to where a potential Big Ten member needs to be (without being a special case like Nebraska), where the Big Ten fits among other conferences academically and which schools pump the most dollars into academic activity. Two notes about calculations: a) only schools with >$40,000,000 of research were included, the median does not include these schools in calculation, but both means heavily penalize a conference for a low-spending member and b) medical schools not on the university main campus are not included in calculations. Off the top of my head, IU, Rutgers, Nebraska and Arkansas are penalized heavily for this, so let me explain why: first, the AAU calculates this way and second, I did not have access to enough accounting data to do anything other than "include" or "not include" and chose the latter.
*Chicago was included in the Big Ten because of their CIC affiliation.
Conferences in order of total spending, a simple sum. (all numbers are *1,000):
Conferences in order of median spending (excludes schools under 40,000,000):
Conferences in order of average spending (includes schools below 40,000,000 as zero):
|Conference||Average||Average per Year|
Big Ten Total Spending by School, descending:
Big Ten Notables:
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||2,325,875|
|Average Per Year||465,175|
|Highest Spender||Wisconsin (4,116,318)|
|Lowest Spender||Indiana (678,879)|
Pac 12 Notables:
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||1,979,767|
|Average Per Year||395,953|
|Highest Spender||Washington (3,721,565)|
|Lowest Spender||Oregon (279,875)|
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||1,499,706|
|Average Per Year||299,941|
|Highest Spender||Duke (3,357,452)|
|Lowest Spender||FSU (898,502)|
|Non Qualifiers||Boston College|
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||1,052,591|
|Average Per Year||210,518|
|Highest Spender||Florida (2,720,376)|
|Lowest Spender||Auburn (672,043)|
|Non Qualifiers||Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama|
Big XII Notables:
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||903,713|
|Average Per Year||180,742|
|Highest Spender||Texas A&M (2,555,789)|
|Lowest Spender||Oklahoma (393,766)|
|Non Qualifiers||Texas Tech, Baylor|
Big East Notables:
|Average (includes <40,000,000 as zero)||1,099,260|
|Average Per Year||219,861|
|Highest Spender||Pitt (2,656,991)|
|Lowest Spender||Connecticut (523,633)|
Possible Big Ten Additions:
|School:||Dollars spent last five years||Rank in CIC using current membership|
I have a plan to get something signed by both Denard and coach Hoke, but I need to know a few things first. This is my first fan day, so for anyone who has gone before, advice and answers would be appreciated.
- When do the first people show up? I want to be towards the very front of the line, and I don't care too much about waiting.
- How do they cut off the lines? Do they jump in to a line to stop it, or just stop letting people enter the line? I have a feeling its the second one, but I just want to be sure.
- When do lines get cut off? Could I get through the QB line (I know there are two, but if I get in early enough I can see which one has Denard and adjust accordingly, I think) and then the Hoke line? The plan right now is to have my dad come with me and go into the Hoke line, where I will drop off the helmet to be signed once I get it signed by Denard.
Thanks in advance for your answers
Cool bit of UM music history:
The original first edition of "The Victors," written in 1898 by Louis Elbel ('00 - not that '00) is public domain (don't know why nobody had found it before) and available for free at http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Victors_%28Elbel,_Louis%29 (IMSLP is the wikipedia of sheet music)
There's a cover picture of the 1898 football team as well.
The University links to a different version done in 1928 that is still under copyright so I thought it was neat to find this one in the original key and with the original markings. It's free for all to distribute forever.
Does anyone know where I can get a decent-to-good-quality mp3 of the marching band playing I can't turn you loose, the Blues Brothers song that everyone dances to at hockey games and now at football games too? I've looked all around and all I can really find are youtube videos where the crowd overpowers the band most of the time. I'd be willing to buy one of their CDs if it had it. If anyone can point in the direction of this, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I just got a job back in Michigan and I will be back in time for football season. I guess I need to stop teaching my son to say "y'all" and "I'm fixin to..."
In my two years down here I've brought Alabama and Auburn national championships. I think it's pretty obvious why I wanted to come back home!