this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
So this is kinda old news and mostly deals with NBA stuff, but I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now and I wanted to see if any MGobloggers have any insights on this topic.
Basically the Mark Cuban Foundation has funded a study at UofM to test if Human Growth Hormone can help repair the knee muscles that atrophy after ACL surgery. Weakness in these muscles elevates the chances for re-injury amongst athletes. You can link to the article here.
First of all, I think it is kinda cool that Shark Cuban is working with Michigan. It also sounds like this is one of the few health/medicine related donations he has made (he funded a study on a form of childhood cancer a few years back). No $ figures released, but based on the cost of randomized controlled trials and the fact that his foundation usually donates something on the order of $100,000 each year, I am guessing this is his big charitable project for 2015.
According to clinicaltrials.gov, the application for the trial was submitted on April 9, about a week after Chandler parsons had arthroscopic surgery on his knee for a cartilage injury (less invasive, so atrophy is not quite as much of a concern). But at the same time, we all know how the Great Rondo Experiment of 2015 played out for Dallas; and as a Celtics fan I can affirm that Rondo never looked the same after his ACL surgery. Anyhow, this makes me wonder if the 2 injuries somehow inspired Cuban to make this donation.
I am glad Cuban is looking out for his players' long-term health, even if it also helps his bottom line. And kudos to him for working with the Leaders and Best (of sports medicine).
OT-Dallas Mavericks owner Mark cuban would give Brittney Griner the opportunity to try out for the team.
in my opinion she looks like a very good player but she doesn't have the athleticism to play in the NBA. your thoughts?is it just a publicity stunt?do you think she could even play D1 mens college ball?
"If she is the best on the board, I will take her," Cuban said before the Mavs' Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I've thought about it. I've thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I'd lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it's not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it."
Remember back in December when Mark Cuban talked about challenging the BCS?
He's a man of his word. Introducing....Radical Football
The formation of the company was first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Radical Football has at least one employee: Brett Morris, 40, who has experience as president of a national marketing agency focused on sporting goods and as Notre Dame's promotions coordinator.
"[Cuban is] real engaged in this," Morris told the Union-Tribune while in San Diego representing Radical Football as a judge in a contest for college students who pitched plans to change the football postseason.
Cuban's basic idea is to keep the bowl system but make it more profitable for programs to qualify for his playoffs than to participate in a bowl.
"Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com in December. "Say, 'Look, I'm going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you're picked for the playoff system, you'll go.'"
Not sure if this popped up in a thread somewhere. If it did, mods may fire at will.
Dallas Maverick's owner is sacrificing his dreams of owning a baseball team to invest his time and money into transforming college football from BCS to a playoff system.
Cuban said he has talked to two athletic directors from BCS conferences who were extremely enthusiastic about the idea. He intends to contact several school presidents and state senators in the coming weeks to determine whether the idea is worth pursuing.
Cuban said he envisions either a 12- or 16-team playoff field with the higher seeds getting homefield advantage. The homefield advantage, Cuban said, would ensure the college football regular-season games would not lose any importance.
What about bowls you ask?
The bowl games could still exist under Cuban's plan, but he said he would make it more profitable for programs to make the playoffs than a bowl.
He seems pretty cutthroat about how it is implemented and I wonder if the NCAA has some rule against any of his ideas. His first idea almost sounds like a bribe. I do however like his second idea. He goes right to the source of a lot of money and will light a fire under the scrotum of programs that have pro-playoff donors.
"Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option," Cuban said. "Say, 'Look, I'm going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you're picked for the playoff system, you'll go.' "
One way to push school presidents toward approving the idea would be to lobby major donors of college athletic programs, Cuban said. He suggested convincing the donors to cut off their donations until their presidents approved a playoff system.
What is your E-pinion? Discuss.