help i've been transported back in time to Jim Tressel's hiring help
I had to share this because I literally laughed out loud. Delany starts rambling about how there is no arose Bowl if you pay players. Which made no sense.
Then he says the idea of paying players goes against the entire college experience and he couldn't see league members agreeing to it. If some did, he said, they likely would be kicked out of the conference because the move would create an imbalance among schools that could not be resolved.
That was paragraph number two. I stopped reading to share after that because it makes NO sense. Delany's is one of those guys who talks really confident and with scare scenarios but has no clue what he's actually saying. But he's Jim Delany and he sounds so confident that you almost believe him until you actually listen to what he said.
Think about that paragraph, then think about which teams in the B1G can afford to pay players. Do you REALLY think Michigan and Ohio State are ever going to be voted out of the league? Hell no. You take e top half of the schools in the B1G in terms of profit and revenue for the league and kick them out and you're left with a better version of the MAC.
I'm not for paying players...but THIS is the man leading our conference.
The article is short, give it a read. I'll post some quotes from it, though, and save my personal comments for a post below.
Brandon said that the department expects to incur about $145.9 million in expenses, giving it a surplus of about $5.2 million.
"Our projected surplus will be a little below previous years, but we'll be ample and our operating surpluses will be reinvested in the facility plans we have (over the next four years)." [Brandon]
Salaries, wages and benefits of department employees account for the largest year-over-year increase. The department budgeted an increase of $3.6 million in salaries for department personnel, making it the largest expanse at $53.2 million.
Team and game expenses are expected to increase to $23.9, up $1.4 million from the previous year, and "other operating and administrative expenses" are projected to increase by $1.1 million.
Nearly $20.4 million is budgeted for financial aid scholarships for student-athletes.
Emphasis mine in the last block quote.
It's the off-season - bear with me here (or ignore the thread).
Help me out: Am I the only one totally annoyed by people calling Ohio State "Ohio." Here's the reasons that make me feel queasy:
1. Obvs: Ohio University. It is confusing at times.
2. It's not clever. I'm all about clever, subtle jabs at other schools: such as "tOSU". Or the "We Own Penn State" chant sung to Zombie Nation at Crisler. That's clever trolling I can get behind. "Ohio" isn't really clever to me.
3. It's a schticky main-stream media non-story created at the start of Hoke's career.
4. Hoke. I can appreciate he is sincere in his Bo/Woody-isms. I hate that it's another way for people to assert an anti-intellectual label to him. Like the saying goes, if we were winning, then it would probably be ignored.
5. It's kinda disrespectful to OU. There is a school that's named Ohio in Ohio. I like them much more than OSU and therefore side with them in their spat over the use of the word.
Just had to throw that one out there. Anyone in my boat. Or am I Francis and totally need to lighten up?
UPDATE: I've appreciated the views of everyone. This is turning into an interesting topic that's more nuanced that it may initially appear. Everyone Murders (an appropriate handle for the subject) put more eloquently than I:
I've got no problem when Hoke describes OSU as "Ohio". I think it's a habit that he has, and a bit endearing because it seems like he sincerely has to choke out that word - as though choking out the whole name of "Ohio State University" (or even "Ohio State") is too hard for him to stomach. So Hoke referring to Ohio State as "Ohio" is OK by me.
When everyone else uses it, I find it confusing and a bit forced. There is a legitimate Div. I university called Ohio University, they knocked us out of the NCAA tournament one year, and their mascot famously punched and horse-collar tackled Brutus. Ohio University was founded over 60 years before OSU. Importantly, most people I've met from Ohio University dislike OSU, and look at the OSU fanbase as a bunch of meatheads. I've got some respect for Ohio University.
Consequently, for people not named Brady Hoke I'm in the call Ohio State University either "Ohio State" or "OSU" camp. (Or call them Buckeyes or "cooler poopers". Or call them "library onanists" or "patio furniture fornicators".)
I would add truck-drivers to that list as well
I received this email yesterday regarding the new UofM plates in Texas. Any fans in Texas can pre-order them now. Most of the obvious combinations are taken, but there are some good ones available.
Excerpt from the email:
The University of Michigan needs to secure 200 pre-orders before the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles can launch this official plate.
Previously registered interest to purchase this plate?
Just hearing about it now?
Then NOW is the time to ACT!!
Follow the simple steps below.The University of Michigan needs 200 Pre-Orders from supporters like you to launch this plate in Texas, and there is only a limited amount of time to reach this number.
If 200 Pre-Orders are not reached, the University of Michigan plate will not launch, and all orders/monies received will be fully refunded.
This Friday the 13th is more rare than others:
This is only 'semi-OT' because this band is, what i call a Throw Back Funk band, from Ann Arbor and are UofM students.
I love hearing about creative ways to get around the low royalties for streaming and came across this article http://policymic.com/articles/89091/a-scrappy-young-band-just-outsmarted-spotify-for-20-000-to-give-their-fans-free-concerts.
To sum up the article, this band decided to use the $0.005 (really $0.007) per stream from Spotify to create an album "Sleepify" which was nothing but silence. They messaged their fans to stream the album on contiunous loop so they would get the royalties to fund a tour. Spotify gave them props for their creativity, but pulled the album.
So I started doing some exploring of this band, and they are AMAZING. Great gospel rifs and pulls of the Herbie Hancock funk era. And they look like they have a blast jaming out!
I figured with this being a UofM blog, you all could help support these guys locally. I've already messaged them letting them know Nashville would be a great spot for them to have a few shows. I'd love to see them get a spot on Bonnaroo eventually, they'd kill it!
LINKS (to a few of my faves):
Adrienne & Adrianne:
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