the season has truly begun now
There is a nice article in tomorrow's Chicago Tribune on former Michigan undergrad and Law School grad Eric Lefkofsky. Lefkofsky, 41 years old, started up the company Groupon, and just turned down an offer of $5 billion from Google for the company. Needless to say, he has done well. My guess is that he doesn't spend too much time here on mgoblog, but who knows? Regardless, nice to see a positive article about a recent Michigan grad who appears to be a huge success. Sounds like someone who probably is a suite owner for football games?
You know what everyone on this board needs? A drink(s).
Seriously, look over at the MGoBoard - numerous 50+ responses on so many OPs, and most related to stress inducing topics.
Let's all take a breath, maybe a shot, and remember that drinking together makes friends forget their "little" differences of opinions. Maybe when we're all good-and-Friday-drunk we'll remember that it's all about UM football and its great fan base (Or, maybe we'll all just get piss drunk and e-fist-fight).
I'm starting with eggnog and Beam as soon as I get home
'Tis the Season!!!!! And Go Blue!
Two weeks ago, fanhouse ran a story regarding the 2009-2010 football budgets for every school in the country. This topic was introduced by Maizedandconfused at that time: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/slightly-ot-report-schools-football-expenditures. I by no means want to highjack his post, but it did inspire me to do some rudimentary math.
The story at fanhouse (http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/11/16/mcmurphys-law-ohio-state-still-big-spender-with-alabama-irish/) was from 2009-2010 as mentioned above. I wanted to break down how much each school "pays for a win" just to see what the numbers were.
- Ohio State had a budget of 31.76 million and won 11 games= 2.88 million a win.
- Wisconsin: 22.02 million/10 Wins = 2.2 million a win
- Penn State: 19.78 million/11 wins=1.79 million a win
- Iowa: 18.46 million/11 wins= 1.67 million a win
- Michigan: 18.32 million/5 wins= 3.66 million a win
- Nebraska: 17.93 million /10 wins= 1.79 million a win
- Michigan State: 17.46 million/6 wins= 2.91 million a win
- Minnesota: 17.43 million/6 wins= 2.9 million a win
- Northwestern: 15.75 million/ 8 wins= 1.9 million a win
- Indiana: 12.82 million/4 wins= 3.20 million a win
- Purdue: 11.82 million/5 wins= 2.36 million a win
- Illinois:11.09 million/3 wins= 3.69 million a win
Others of Note:
- Alabama: 31.11 million/14 wins= 2.22 million a win
- Auburn: 27.91 million/ 8 wins=3.48 million a win (as in previous thread: easy Cam Newton Joke)
- Florida: 24.45 million/ 13 wins=1.88 million a win
- South Carolina: 22.79 million/7 wins= 3.25 million a win
- Oregon: 18.07 million/10 wins=1.8 million a win
- Texas: 25.31million/13 wins= 1.9 million a win
- USC: 21.37 million/9 wins= 2.37 million a win
- Cincinnati: 11.59 million/12 wins = 0.9 million a win
- Pittsburgh: 17.44 million/10 wins=1.74 million a win
- Notre Dame:29. 49 million/ 6 wins= 4.9 million a win (!)
- TCU: 20.60 million/ 12 wins-1.71 million a win
- Boise State: 6.85 million/14 wins= 0.48 million a win (!)
- Eastern Michigan: 5.03 million/ 0 wins= derp!
- Central Michigan: 6.05 million/12 wins= 0.5 million a win
- Western Michigan: 5.6 million/5 wins= 1.0 million a win
Now I know some people really just don't care about these things, but I really do think it is interesting to look at the numbers and see how programs do given the amount of resources they put in. Obviously, I understand that "just the numbers" don't always tell the whole story, because most years (not 08 or 09) the money Michigan puts into its football program is usually good for more than 3.6 million a win...etc...etc..
Some things do stand out:
- Call me ignorant but I was surprised to see TCU has a larger football budget than Michigan.
- Regardless of strength of schedule, Boise State has a great thing going. Will be interesting to see how re-alignment affects the program.
- Notre Dame=Wow.
[Please don't turn this into Rich Rod Fire Banter=== "Rich Rod can only beat the teams with the three smallest budgets in the conference"==== that is not what this is about]
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NO! Not another "Let's fire these guys" post.
However, last night while watching the Clemson game I got into a gentle argument with one of my friends regarding John Beilein. I made the comment that I really believed in him as a coach and despite last year's regression, I think that the program is headed in the right direction. He chastised me, saying that Beilein is quite similar to Rodriguez (with whom I quite frustrated with).
But, either way, with Rodriguez a bowl game away from completing his third season, putting he and Beilein almost at equal parts of the tenures (I do know an extra off season makes a big difference, but just for argument's sake) here at Michigan. I think it is a good time (and I'm sick of the Harbaugh consternation) to compare and contrast Rodriguez and Beilein and their successes/failures here at U of M. And rather than me pontificating my thoughts, I thought I'd throw it out to the Mgoboard and have a conversation with many.
[Side Note] Over/under on the number of times "Beilein" gets misspelled in this thread: 50. (I'm taking the over)