Unverified Voracity Brings Out The Joe Tiller In You Comment Count

Brian June 19th, 2015 at 3:59 PM

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More Battle. Apparently this is serious:

It is difficult to imagine that Syracuse is suddenly the choice since they have a coach who's already announced he's retiring and are stung by NCAA sanctions, but that's basketball recruiting for you. If Battle does indeed defect and this head-fake costs Michigan Josh Langford I'm going to be pretty pretty annoyed.

Sounds like work. Kirk Ferentz is the first—only?—Big Ten coach to come out against satellite camps.

“What it really gets down to is just how you want to use your time. Me personally, I’m hopeful — and the NCAA will probably react — my personal preference is I’d like to see camps probably be limited to campus. On top of that, I would support not allowing any outsiders coming to work your camp.”

Iowa has actually done two or three of them already, but…

"We did three this year, and I don’t think we made the news for any of them. We don’t really broadcast it."

The noise you are hearing is an Iowa fan snapping a pencil with his mind.

Cost of attendance calculations. The NCAA's "Power 5" conferences adopted legislation to extend scholarship benefits to cover the full cost of attendance. What does that mean? There is a number that schools maintain called "cost of attendance" that has nothing to do with sports. It's for calculating financial aid, that sort of thing. Now that it's been dragged into a realm it doesn't really belong, people are noticing that the numbers vary a lot—and not very sensibly. Massive rent areas like Palo Alto or Ann Arbor often have nearby universities with low COA numbers; meanwhile Auburn has one of the highest numbers in the country.

How did they come to that conclusion? A lengthy Montgomery Advertiser article explains why. It has essentially been indexed to inflation from a large number determined a long time ago:

Reynolds, who has worked for Auburn for 16 years, said he inherited a cost of attendance figure when he began working for the university and has routinely increased the tuition, board, and personal figures in accordance with the Consumer Price Index, as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with transportation being increased in accordance with the CPI inflation rate, and room being the average cost of all available on-campus housing, currently 4,539 beds.

"This is a financial aid budget," he said. "This isn't an athletic scholarship budget."

The $5,586 in Auburn's cost of attendance is divided into $2,728 for personal expenses and $2,858 for transportation, according to the budget Reynolds provided to theAdvertiser, and remains unchanged from a year ago.

At some point the Power 5 is going to have to come together and figure this out, because there's no way they're going to let a four-year gap of up to ten thousand dollars stand.

A nation of Joe Tillers. Back in the day, (probably) Joe Tiller used to bomb his colleagues behind their backs in entertainingly catty anonymous Athlon articles. It hasn't been the same since he retired to wherever walruses fade away, but the re-emergence of Jim Harbaugh in college has revitalized the genre. ESPN's Travis Haney interviewed a dozen or so  coaches, offering anonymity in exchange for salt($). He got some. Bret Bielema asked to be identified and said Harbaugh was rad:

“I have had great respect for Coach Harbaugh for what he built at Stanford and as a man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind,” said Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who specifically asked to be identified on the record. “Too many people in today’s world love to voice opinions and beliefs when convenient. Few represent who they are and what they believe daily.”

And… I developed respect for Bret Bielema? Odd day.

Others did not think Harbaugh was rad:

“I think he’s nuts. He loves to stir the pot. He’ll have a very short shelf life – but he’s a very good football guy. I will be interested to see how he does there,” a Pac-12 coach said. “[Former 49ers and current Bills offensive coordinator] Greg Roman has always been the brains behind the operation. [Harbaugh] has been at private schools before so I’m interested to see how he does at a public school. There’s a huge difference in how things are handled.”

Greg Roman, Brains Behind The Operation. No offense to Greg Roman but all you have to do to dispel that is look at Harbaugh's coaching tree, which is already more impressive than most.

Others refer to Harbaugh as "Rain Man-ish," which… okay, accurate. Whole thing is insider but worth it.

Speaking of Rain Man-ish. Former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker:

"He dressed up in full gear and practiced the whole practice – pads, helmets, everything on. He had the whole uniform on,'' Walker said of Harbaugh. "We came out and said, "Who is that dude out there? And it was Jim Harbaugh. He had some old high top cleats on.

"He did pretty good. He just couldn't throw the deep, deep pass."

Walker thinks Greg Roman is not the brains behind the operation:

"I think he is going to be great (at Michigan),'' Walker said. "People buy into his philosophy. Every team he has ever been on has been good, right? So you tell me what he is going to do. Young kids love to have a coach who is crazy."

Also fans.

Just like Domino's clap clap clapclapclap. The Michigan athletic department's annual budget shows a shortfall for the first time since Tom Goss was athletic director:

Michigan's athletic department had a deficit of nearly $8 million this year, marking the first time in about a decade it operated with a loss, according to interim athletic director Jim Hackett, but he assured the budget for 2016 will be balanced.

Since Goss was working without PSLs or the Big Ten Network, that is truly impressive. Hackett explained why there was such a big shortfall:

"The result of football ticket sales being down (and) added compensation for settlements this past year caused us to have a deficit of about $7.9 million. We covered that with operating reserves, but we've got a balanced budget proposed for next year."

Michigan had to give away almost 20,000 tickets for the Maryland game, then pay Brady Hoke after they fired him, then continue paying Brandon his 100% guaranteed contract, then gather up every nickel in a five-state radius to present to Jim Harbaugh. The first three are Dave Brandon's fault. The last is a pretty good idea:

"We can tell you today, season ticket sales, which are just a portion of the stadium, will probably hit an eight-year high. We just started selling our packets, with combined games (Wednesday) online, (and) we've had almost 18,000 tickets that were sold for some of the single games. We're very optimistic about our fall and what promises there."

Michigan should get out of paying much or all of what it owed Brandon, as well. That dude somehow scoring a CEO job that should pay him more than he was getting as AD means that Michigan won't have to compensate him unless he gets fired from that gig too.

Which… well…

He's worse! /checks coaching hires… He's not good! Chip Brown lays the wood to Texas athletic director Steve Patterson in a 5,000 word piece with startling revelations like:

Steve Hank, chief revenue officer of Texas athletics, told HornsDigest.com the 6 percent average increase (actually 5.7 percent, he said, but it was rounded up) was based on a formula that involved the value of each seat “spread across” the entire, 100,119-seat capacity of Royal-Memorial Stadium.

But when comparing exactly what football season ticket holders paid in 2014, including their contribution to the Longhorn Foundation to retain those tickets, to what they are paying in 2015, season tickets were increased an average of 21.5 percent.


Sources said football coach Charlie Strong, who saw his and his coaching staff’s personal ticket allotment cut from eight to four last year, fought to increase the salaries of his eight quality control coaches from $24,000 to $50,000 after last season.

Texas has the lowest salaries in the Big 12 for its quality control coaches – even behind last-place football finisher Kansas ($45,000).

Strong’s request was denied by Patterson, and six of Texas’ eight quality control coaches who had built relationships with the rest of the staff, left to find better paying jobs, the sources said.

But he did hire Charlie Strong and Shaka Smart. Despite being quite evidently an idiot. People in charge of things are just in charge of them.

Etc.: Nick Boka draft preview. Hiring Les Miles was never a good idea. Denard After Dentist game at 8 tonight on BTN. The Mack Brown-Matthew McConaughey connection.


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June 19th, 2015 at 4:22 PM ^

Even more pathetic is how they've screwed their tennis team.  While it makes sense that they had to take out the old complex to expand the med school; it makes absolutely no sense that a team at Texas is practicing/playing on muni courts.  No wonder their women's coach quit after 9 months.  She actually had no place to meet with her team, outside of the dining hall, which she had to pay to use.


June 19th, 2015 at 4:55 PM ^

I don't disagree with you in the big picture, but these are jobs that Kansas (!!) is paying $45,000 for. Texas is paying just over half of their next "cheapest" "competitor". While the market will make entry level jobs low-paying due to supply and demand, being competitive is important too. The whole rest of the conference pays this position almost twice as much.


June 19th, 2015 at 4:22 PM ^

Score one for Brandon, at least assistant salaries went up. Reducing the ticket allotment and even trying to charge staff for meals (after a quota) is just plain penny pinching. Employers nickel-and-diming employees never ends well. What is this guy hoping to accomplish other than pissing off his employees? There's no BOD to give him a raise after the stock inches up...


June 19th, 2015 at 4:26 PM ^

Syracuse, is dirty and will continue to be dirty.  Basketball recruiting is way worse than anything that happens in football.


June 19th, 2015 at 4:27 PM ^

I think it's Steve Sarkisian. He was an assistant for Pete Carroll, who has a long-running beef with Harbaugh. He has also recently coached at both public (Washington) and private (USC) schools.


June 19th, 2015 at 7:45 PM ^

Mora has never played or coached at a private school, though. His father coached at D-III Occidental and then spent one year as an assistant at Stanford in 1967. That doesn't sound like enough to give him a strong impression of D-I private schools, although of course he could have just picked stuff up from other coaches he's worked with. 


June 19th, 2015 at 4:44 PM ^

That article is fascinating. You could search and replace "Patterson" for "Brandon" and "Texas" for "Michigan" and I suspect a lot of folks around here wouldn't notice.

That said, does Chip Brown have an editor? The piece is a mess. Reads like paragraphs were cut and then pasted randomly back in at different spots. It's a shame because he obvioulsy did a lot of original reporting and has a ton of info.


June 19th, 2015 at 4:48 PM ^

So that first B1G assistant coach who ended with "Any time that winged helmet and his Walmart khakis show up on a 17-year-old’s Twitter account, that’s good for him and good for Michigan.”


That's got to be a Sparty getting a Walmart dig in, yes?


June 19th, 2015 at 4:56 PM ^

As someone who works in Financial Aid, I can attest to the wild range of cost's of attendance between schools, and even between students on our campus.  It was our practice for years to just take last year's numbers and adjust them up or down (HA!) based on CPI, but that doesn't really comply with federal (ED) regulations. 


June 20th, 2015 at 12:47 PM ^

Pretty sure I remember WD a long while back posting a picture of himself and Dave Brandon, taken before a football game.

Kinda funny how DB obviously would've had no idea it'd be that very kid, probably not even able to drive at the time, put the final nail in his coffin.


June 19th, 2015 at 8:40 PM ^

because the candor and humor in those articles had a sudden drop when he moved to Antarctica. It was so him & the genius was that he wasn't very public about anything so he thought he could slip by.


June 19th, 2015 at 9:47 PM ^

Coaches are irritated with and hate Harbaugh and he hasn't even coached a game yet. If you are hated in the sports world it is a good thing. Everyone liked Hoke and we all saw how that turned out.


June 20th, 2015 at 8:10 AM ^

They don't have a Jim Hackett, he's the savior at this point.

And the coaches in the Pac 12 who don't want to be identified, what a bunch of pussies. Better to keep your mouth shut if you don't have the guts to put your name on what you said.


June 20th, 2015 at 12:59 AM ^

Read the whole Texas article.... the similarities between D. B. and Patterson, you'd think they were brothers.  I'm not a big fan of Texas, but they deserve so much better.  Cut your losses, and cut Patterson ASAP.  


Best of luck...


PTSD indeed!!!  (I actually got a little sick to my stomach while reading it because it hit SO close to home... I'm still nauseous).  Time for a Tums.




June 20th, 2015 at 2:13 PM ^

This morning I purchased the digital version of HTTV and downloaded it to my Kindle Fire.

The digital version is just a PDF, full of photos, and displays beautifully on the Fire.  So I'm not sure the benefit of getting a truly Kindle-ized copy when the PDF is perfectly usable.

I've worked my way to the section on the defensive ends.  I'm looking forward to reading all the articles in it.  What a perfect mid-June thing to have.  In the doldrums of summer (expected temperature 110F here in Tucson today), I've got football related stuff to read and ponder on!



June 20th, 2015 at 5:36 PM ^

[Harbaugh] has been at private schools before so I’m interested to see how he does at a public school. There’s a huge difference in how things are handled.”

Curious what he's hinting at here. Admissions? Finances? Discipline?

Speaking of finances, was Ross's giant donation not factored into the budget when they reported that $7.9M deficit?


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