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  Message Not Read  MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 2:13:04 PM 

Travel size reduced from 76 to 70 as I understand it.


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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 2:21:21 PM 
The hotel thing makes perfect sense. Other teams have been sleeping in their own beds for years. As for games, you'll now have the equivalent of 15 scholarship players only playing in 6 games a year.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 2:32:26 PM 
Is this just window dressing? Most if not all of our MAC games are basically close enough to bus the team to the game. Seriously, it is not like we fly to Akron, Kent, Miami, Bowling Green, Ball State, Toledo or even Eastern Michigan. They are all short enough trips to bus to the game. So, cutting back from 76 to 70 people just frees up a few seats on the bus?
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 3:13:13 PM 
Interesting article about this at www.toledoblade.com

Also,the Toledo Blade reported that B.G. dropped baseball,effective immediately.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 3:29:26 PM 
ou79 wrote:
Is this just window dressing? Most if not all of our MAC games are basically close enough to bus the team to the game. Seriously, it is not like we fly to Akron, Kent, Miami, Bowling Green, Ball State, Toledo or even Eastern Michigan. They are all short enough trips to bus to the game. So, cutting back from 76 to 70 people just frees up a few seats on the bus?


A couple hotel rooms on the road, a couple meals. I'm sure there are other expenses we don't know about. It's not a lot, but you have to start somewhere I guess.

Does OU release how much we've spent housing the team before home games? In the MAC, that could be some the salary of some coach in some other sport.


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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 3:44:39 PM 
ou79 wrote:
Is this just window dressing? Most if not all of our MAC games are basically close enough to bus the team to the game. Seriously, it is not like we fly to Akron, Kent, Miami, Bowling Green, Ball State, Toledo or even Eastern Michigan. They are all short enough trips to bus to the game. So, cutting back from 76 to 70 people just frees up a few seats on the bus?


We fly to Buffalo, Northern, Western and Central. The home hotels are big money, and the reduction in travel roster adds up, same with reducing the support staff travel that is just not necessary can be 5 figures easy. And in a place like OHIO where we have the smallest support staff in the league and at the minimum sports, cuts have to come somewhere.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 4:10:46 PM 
It frees up hotel space for fans, maybe making it easier for more fans to attend games. In the past, some weekends don't have hotel space closer than Lancaster. Freeing up space could help for schools in towns without many hotels (e.g., Athens, BG, Fiami, BSU, NIU, CMU and maybe WMU).


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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 5:25:55 PM 
Pataskala wrote:
It frees up hotel space for fans, maybe making it easier for more fans to attend games. In the past, some weekends don't have hotel space closer than Lancaster. Freeing up space could help for schools in towns without many hotels (e.g., Athens, BG, Fiami, BSU, NIU, CMU and maybe WMU).


Where did the team usually stay the night before home games?
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 6:09:48 PM 
It used to be Holiday Inn Express. Don’t know if that has still been the case recently.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 8:48:09 PM 
I presume they weren't staying in a hotel the night before midweek home games. As I recall, home team players had classes until noon anyway.


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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/15/2020 10:26:38 PM 
Pataskala wrote:
I presume they weren't staying in a hotel the night before midweek home games. As I recall, home team players had classes until noon anyway.


They did before every game
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/16/2020 9:08:15 AM 
Fans forget that Bill Hess used to have his team stay off campus at a hotel before home games. This is a good cost cutting measure, but Ohio stayed off campus during the Hess years also.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/16/2020 9:10:11 AM 
The football team stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in 2019 prior to the Homecoming game. They have stayed there for several years.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/16/2020 9:14:38 AM 
Bobcat1996 wrote:
Fans forget that Bill Hess used to have his team stay off campus at a hotel before home games. This is a good cost cutting measure, but Ohio stayed off campus during the Hess years also.


But after Hess, the practice was discontinued. Cleve, Licthy, Grobe, Khorramshahr, none weee allowed to take their teams to hotels on home games.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/16/2020 1:31:48 PM 
Bobcat1996 wrote:
Fans forget that Bill Hess used to have his team stay off campus at a hotel before home games. This is a good cost cutting measure, but Ohio stayed off campus during the Hess years also.


As I recall the team stayed at Burr Oak Lodge before home games.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/18/2020 10:26:34 AM 
I assume the reason for staying off campus the night before home games was to keep the players focused and out of trouble? Also to make sure they were where they were supposed to be on game day?


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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/18/2020 10:58:28 AM 
OUcats82 wrote:
I assume the reason for staying off campus the night before home games was to keep the players focused and out of trouble? Also to make sure they were where they were supposed to be on game day?


Yes, and it got to the point where almost every Division I team in the country was doing it, but that's obviously going to change.
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  Message Not Read  RE: MAC shrinks travel rosters and no hotel stays before home games
   Posted: 5/20/2020 1:39:46 AM 
“We’re going to drop ya’ll in the middle of Wayne National Forest on Friday night without a cellphone and whoever makes it back in time for gameday gets to start.”
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