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Pataskala
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 12:46:07 PM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
I loathe anything in sports that requires voting/ranking/human judgment of the results. Turns football into figure skating and diving. I've long said the tournament should simply be a tournament of conference champions and the rankings can be burned to the ground. If you don't win your conference, then you don't get a chance at a national title, period. And if you feel certain conferences aren't deserving of a seat in that tournament, then put them in a more appropriate division.

Taking this further, you could disperse the Pac-12 and just make 4 mega Power conferences, then do the same for the non-power conferences and have 2 four team tournaments. Again, the key factor for me being just having conference champions go represent their conference at the national level and not worry about rankings.


What you're saying has merit. In basketball, some "P" teams -- and even a handful of the others -- have an incentive NOT to win their conference's tournament. If they're already guaranteed a slot in March Madness, not playing three or four games in as many days at their conference tourney means they're not as tired for the Dance. Losing in the semifinals doesn't hurt their seeding for the NCAA. Limiting the tourney to champs -- or maybe the top two teams in each conference -- would put more emphasis on the conference tourneys. In football, having two teams from the same conference doesn't make a lot of sense in a four-team playoff.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 1:35:32 PM 
Pataskala wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
I loathe anything in sports that requires voting/ranking/human judgment of the results. Turns football into figure skating and diving. I've long said the tournament should simply be a tournament of conference champions and the rankings can be burned to the ground. If you don't win your conference, then you don't get a chance at a national title, period. And if you feel certain conferences aren't deserving of a seat in that tournament, then put them in a more appropriate division.

Taking this further, you could disperse the Pac-12 and just make 4 mega Power conferences, then do the same for the non-power conferences and have 2 four team tournaments. Again, the key factor for me being just having conference champions go represent their conference at the national level and not worry about rankings.


What you're saying has merit. In basketball, some "P" teams -- and even a handful of the others -- have an incentive NOT to win their conference's tournament. If they're already guaranteed a slot in March Madness, not playing three or four games in as many days at their conference tourney means they're not as tired for the Dance. Losing in the semifinals doesn't hurt their seeding for the NCAA. Limiting the tourney to champs -- or maybe the top two teams in each conference -- would put more emphasis on the conference tourneys. In football, having two teams from the same conference doesn't make a lot of sense in a four-team playoff.


Well, except when teams from that conference have won 4 of 7 championships in this format and 12 of the last 20.

The SEC keeps proving they deserve multiple teams. Switching to a format that ensures the MAC gets to be involved has nothing to do with the best teams playing.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 1:56:36 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Pataskala wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
I loathe anything in sports that requires voting/ranking/human judgment of the results. Turns football into figure skating and diving. I've long said the tournament should simply be a tournament of conference champions and the rankings can be burned to the ground. If you don't win your conference, then you don't get a chance at a national title, period. And if you feel certain conferences aren't deserving of a seat in that tournament, then put them in a more appropriate division.

Taking this further, you could disperse the Pac-12 and just make 4 mega Power conferences, then do the same for the non-power conferences and have 2 four team tournaments. Again, the key factor for me being just having conference champions go represent their conference at the national level and not worry about rankings.


What you're saying has merit. In basketball, some "P" teams -- and even a handful of the others -- have an incentive NOT to win their conference's tournament. If they're already guaranteed a slot in March Madness, not playing three or four games in as many days at their conference tourney means they're not as tired for the Dance. Losing in the semifinals doesn't hurt their seeding for the NCAA. Limiting the tourney to champs -- or maybe the top two teams in each conference -- would put more emphasis on the conference tourneys. In football, having two teams from the same conference doesn't make a lot of sense in a four-team playoff.


Well, except when teams from that conference have won 4 of 7 championships in this format and 12 of the last 20.

The SEC keeps proving they deserve multiple teams. Switching to a format that ensures the MAC gets to be involved has nothing to do with the best teams playing.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 2:04:07 PM 
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 2:15:38 PM 
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


This seems about right to me. At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 2:55:11 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


This seems about right to me. At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.


I more or less agree. Would love to see all conferences make it, but handing out the top seeds to Power conferences would then become the issue. Klatt has the conference champs plus the top G5 getting the top six seeds. This way you're not rewarding say Florida or Iowa State for losing 3 games. Instead, prove you belong.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 3:16:27 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


This seems about right to me. At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.


If we want to make sense of it then there were four SEC teams better than to$u this year based on comparative scores against Alabama - teams that got beat by less than 28 points.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 5:01:21 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.


Which is why I said just carve the non-power conferences out into a separate division/tournament. Why continue to pretend to be in the same division? Every league of anything on earth these days ends in some culminating chance at a title except for non-power D1 football teams.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 5:31:06 PM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.


Which is why I said just carve the non-power conferences out into a separate division/tournament. Why continue to pretend to be in the same division? Every league of anything on earth these days ends in some culminating chance at a title except for non-power D1 football teams.



At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 5:47:14 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At 16 teams, there's no viable way to put all G5 conference champs in, nor does it make sense to. They're simply not better than the teams they'd be replacing.


Which is why I said just carve the non-power conferences out into a separate division/tournament. Why continue to pretend to be in the same division? Every league of anything on earth these days ends in some culminating chance at a title except for non-power D1 football teams.



At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?


Two divisions or three - as Andrew says - let's quit pretending.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 6:17:18 PM 
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


I think that this could be made to work. Going FCS, as some are advocating, would actually cost us money, as L.C., and others have documented. We are not pretending. I find statements to that effect somewhat disingenuous.

Last Edited: 1/12/2021 6:17:53 PM by OhioCatFan


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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/12/2021 6:45:36 PM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


I think that this could be made to work. Going FCS, as some are advocating, would actually cost us money, as L.C., and others have documented. We are not pretending. I find statements to that effect somewhat disingenuous.


Do we lose money only if you assume the TV money goes away?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/13/2021 8:47:13 AM 
OhioCatFan wrote:
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


I think that this could be made to work. Going FCS, as some are advocating, would actually cost us money, as L.C., and others have documented. We are not pretending. I find statements to that effect somewhat disingenuous.


Lose money? We are operating at a deficit now. Until someone can show actual verifiable figures, I for one will be skeptical of the claims that we will lose money. While we may bring in less money, costs will also be less so I'd like to see a net to net comparison.

At the end of the day though, unless the majority of the conference votes to make this move, I doubt if it will happen. Natural rivalries would be necessary for the 18 to 20K attendance we'd need like the top 1 AA schools get.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/13/2021 9:27:35 AM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
OhioCatFan wrote:
GoCats105 wrote:
FWIW Fox Sports' Joel Klatt introduced a 14-team Playoff that I'm all for. He's tweaking the committee and bringing back some elements of the computer rankings from the BCS to take out the human bias.

-Remove conference divisions
-Minimum 9 conference games, minimum one Power 5 non-conference game
-Automatic bids to P5 champs and Best Group of Five
-Maximum 2 losses for Independents
-Top two seeds get a bye (just like the new NFL playoffs)
-First rounds at campus sites

This year based off the old BCS computers:

#1 Alabama

#8 Texas A&M/#9 Indiana

#5 Oklahoma/#12 Coastal Carolina

#4 Cincinnati/#13 Iowa State

-----

#2 Clemson

#7 Notre Dame/#10 Georgia

#6 Oregon/#11 Florida

#3 Ohio State/ #14 North Carolina

Still doesn't include every group of 5 conference, but this at least gives you a clearer picture. You can still get in.


I think that this could be made to work. Going FCS, as some are advocating, would actually cost us money, as L.C., and others have documented. We are not pretending. I find statements to that effect somewhat disingenuous.


Do we lose money only if you assume the TV money goes away?


I'd argue that if the MAC, Sun Belt, C-USA and Mountain West went the FCS, there would be plenty of TV money. You'd have to get all of them to buy in, which probably wouldn't happen.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/13/2021 11:29:23 AM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?


There are already 127 FCS teams, a move like this would push it to 200. similar situation would be created, most likely the formerly D1 team become dominant while the "legacy" FCS teams become that "no chance" group.

There is massive disparity in these programs in many ways, and with only a 12 game schedule...smaller more appropriately grouped divisions are needed.


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   Posted: 1/13/2021 11:37:07 AM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?


There are already 127 FCS teams, a move like this would push it to 200. similar situation would be created, most likely the formerly D1 team become dominant while the "legacy" FCS teams become that "no chance" group.

There is massive disparity in these programs in many ways, and with only a 12 game schedule...smaller more appropriately grouped divisions are needed.


FCS is basically any school that has DI basketball and competes at less than 85 football scholarships. The discrepancy between those 127 teams is arguably greater than the FBS schools as far as resources from top to bottom. The 127 FCS schools are not even remotely made to compete against each other. Just a place to park many schools who play DI basketball.
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   Posted: 1/13/2021 1:40:29 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?


There are already 127 FCS teams, a move like this would push it to 200. similar situation would be created, most likely the formerly D1 team become dominant while the "legacy" FCS teams become that "no chance" group.

There is massive disparity in these programs in many ways, and with only a 12 game schedule...smaller more appropriately grouped divisions are needed.


FCS is basically any school that has DI basketball and competes at less than 85 football scholarships. The discrepancy between those 127 teams is arguably greater than the FBS schools as far as resources from top to bottom. The 127 FCS schools are not even remotely made to compete against each other. Just a place to park many schools who play DI basketball.


The discrepancy in resources is not a true statement. The difference between an Alabama or a to$u football budget and the lowest D 1 football school is much much greater than the difference between the highest and lowest 1 AA football schools. And whether they can compete or not, if they catch lightning in a bottle one year, they are in the tournament. Heck, for the schools outside those five conferences, they don't even have the bottle.

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   Posted: 1/13/2021 2:21:19 PM 
Did anyone ever think that maybe the schools in the MAC, Sun Belt, MWC and CUSA don't ever expect to win a national championship? They could have different aspirations. Football is so much different than basketball. Football doesn't have a league tournament at the end of the regular season where a team that ended up 10th in the league standings can get a seat in the NCAA tournament. The regular season is much more important in football. In basketball all teams have a second chance at the end of the regular season, no matter how poor your record is. That is what makes March Madness so fun to watch. It could be those conferences above are striving to win as many games as possible and be successful in a bowl game. Nothing wrong with that formula.
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   Posted: 1/13/2021 2:42:04 PM 
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Did anyone ever think that maybe the schools in the MAC, Sun Belt, MWC and CUSA don't ever expect to win a national championship? They could have different aspirations. Football is so much different than basketball. Football doesn't have a league tournament at the end of the regular season where a team that ended up 10th in the league standings can get a seat in the NCAA tournament. The regular season is much more important in football. In basketball all teams have a second chance at the end of the regular season, no matter how poor your record is. That is what makes March Madness so fun to watch. It could be those conferences above are striving to win as many games as possible and be successful in a bowl game. Nothing wrong with that formula.


You're implying that these conferences don't want to compete for championships in football and are just happy getting a check? I don't think that's necessarily the case, but as Bobcat Love pointed out there is a method to this madness. If these administrators and presidents play ball in the lower leagues and don't cause a fuss, they'll get a better chance at being a power conference job some day.

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   Posted: 1/13/2021 3:00:54 PM 
Bobcat1996 wrote:
Did anyone ever think that maybe the schools in the MAC, Sun Belt, MWC and CUSA don't ever expect to win a national championship? They could have different aspirations. Football is so much different than basketball. Football doesn't have a league tournament at the end of the regular season where a team that ended up 10th in the league standings can get a seat in the NCAA tournament. The regular season is much more important in football. In basketball all teams have a second chance at the end of the regular season, no matter how poor your record is. That is what makes March Madness so fun to watch. It could be those conferences above are striving to win as many games as possible and be successful in a bowl game. Nothing wrong with that formula.


I'm fine with this as the formula until you make your football coach the highest paid university employee. As soon as you do that, the formula you lay out makes no sense at all because you've found yourself in the worst possible situation. You're dumping money into something with a very low probability of return, and you're not even competing at a level that excites your alumni (which leads to donations) or fan base (which leads to revenue).

If the goal's essentially rah rah go team, play for the love of the game, amateurism is pure, that's all well and good. But you don't need to pay your football coach 2x the salary of the University President to do that. And paying your coach that much begs the question as to why you are, and what you're trying to achieve.

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   Posted: 1/13/2021 9:13:33 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
At that point, why create a third division with so few schools? Why not just play at the FCS level?


There are already 127 FCS teams, a move like this would push it to 200. similar situation would be created, most likely the formerly D1 team become dominant while the "legacy" FCS teams become that "no chance" group.

There is massive disparity in these programs in many ways, and with only a 12 game schedule...smaller more appropriately grouped divisions are needed.


FCS is basically any school that has DI basketball and competes at less than 85 football scholarships. The discrepancy between those 127 teams is arguably greater than the FBS schools as far as resources from top to bottom. The 127 FCS schools are not even remotely made to compete against each other. Just a place to park many schools who play DI basketball.


The discrepancy in resources is not a true statement. The difference between an Alabama or a to$u football budget and the lowest D 1 football school is much much greater than the difference between the highest and lowest 1 AA football schools. And whether they can compete or not, if they catch lightning in a bottle one year, they are in the tournament. Heck, for the schools outside those five conferences, they don't even have the bottle.



minus the fact that some FCS are full scholarship and some FCS are ZERO scholarhip is a bigger difference than how many square feet the players lounge is and how many pool tables and XBox's Alabama has vs. OHIO. At the end of the day, Can I go to school for free or do I have to pay to be here. N. Dakota and S. Dakota fully funds their FCS programs and then some. Morehead State and Dayton do not. Yes, Bama may have 8 more pool tables and makes steak every night, with shrimp as a side meal. But the differnence between the Dakota's and actually being fed a meal vs. Dayton where you purchase each meal is radically a different time zone

The key disparity is how much scholarship money you giving! everything else is simply gravy!

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   Posted: 1/13/2021 11:55:36 PM 
Good points BTC, especially the last one.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/14/2021 8:57:53 AM 
Overall, the Big Ten prior to cuts had two coaches in the top-10 of pay, with Harbaugh leading the Big Ten and ranked No. 4 nationally. Five schools rank in the top-15, and nine rank in the top-25 (Penn State’s James Franklin and Purdue’s Jeff Brohm edge Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck to No. 26).

Pre-COVID-19 salary cut rankings:

Jim Harbaugh: $8,054,000
James Franklin: $6,700,000
Ryan Day: $5,748,264
Pat Fitzgerald: $5,218,658*
Mel Tucker: $5,057,000
Scott Frost: $5,000,000
Kirk Ferentz: $4,900,000
Jeff Brohm: $4,800,000
P.J. Fleck: $4,600,000
Paul Chryst: $4,250,000
Greg Schiano: $4,030,000
Love Smith: $4,000,000
Tom Allen: $3,770,000
Mike Locksley: $2,605,000
*Pat Fitzgerald’s salary prior to a voluntary pay-cut was unavailable. His salary figure represents post voluntary cut of undisclosed amount/percentage.


Interesting info from the above chart. Not sure what the University Presidents of Maryland or Rutgers get paid, but guessing Locksley and Schiano more than double that. Throw in Lovie Smith and Harbaugh also. Rutgers, Maryland, Illinois and as long as Harbaugh is still coaching in Ann Arbor have no shot at winning a national championship.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Why Four Teams Dominate
   Posted: 1/14/2021 12:47:46 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:

The key disparity is how much scholarship money you giving! everything else is simply gravy!


Agreed. To put it in another way, a lot of the $ bama or o$u are spending beyond what Ohio is spending gets hit by the law of diminishing returns...


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   Posted: 1/14/2021 2:07:35 PM 
The Optimist wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:

The key disparity is how much scholarship money you giving! everything else is simply gravy!


Agreed. To put it in another way, a lot of the $ bama or o$u are spending beyond what Ohio is spending gets hit by the law of diminishing returns...


It seems like the return's pretty solid.
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