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Before you start giving uconn karma for their basketball team you need to dig deeper. Arguably one of the worst programs from an academic standpoint in the last 10 years. I think something like one graduate over that time. The Huskies are as pitiful if not more than any major college basketball program. Just another scholar athlete joke in the NCAA

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Yep. ExTP has it on the head. How many people can name a minor league baseball player? Even if you could, it is nowhere near the star potential of a college football player, a college basketball player, or even the star college baseball player. The D1 system is a free minor league for the professionals, with a massive marketing budget and tv exposure, and they are perfectly happy about the side benefits. Big time college basketball and football has very little to do with promoting student athletes. That's not to say there aren't a lot of student athletes, even a vast majority, taking advantages of the scholarships to get a good college education. In football, especially, I believe this to be true. Not so much in basketball, check out the transfer rates of D1 basketball players and tell me they aren't spending more time jostling for playing space then class time!

But the fact is, the NCAA D1 system is broken. There are two ways to fix it. Drive it back to a student run enterprise, which faces problems from fans who have grown used to the level of competition and product on the field, or push it toward a professional minor league, which faces problems from people who believe in student athletics and amateurism. The hybrid system that exists right now, where the product is professional but the people are amateurs obligated to so things that they have little or no interest in doing, is a failure.

Personally I think the professional leagues should pay for and maintain their own development leagues. This works in baseball, hockey, and soccer both nationally and globally. Globally it woks in basketball, volleyball, rugby, and almost all individual sports like tennis and golf have tiered professional systems. American football and basketball should have to put up their own money and create a system of development leagues as well. The NCAA should mandate the baseball rule across all sports. You can go to a professional league out of h.s. if you want and they will pay you. If you go to college, you stay at least 3 years before becoming professionally eligible again. Further, those schools should be HARSHLY judged on the kids that enroll on their performance in class over those 3 years and the remaining eligibility. Kids that choose college should not be doing so just to give themselves more time to develop athletically, but to do so in order to earn a degree. The APR should be bostered and strictly enforced.

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I bet Coach Drass can't wait to be in the NJAC... I wonder how much better he can be at recruiting if he doesn't have to spend most of the offseason drudging up these matchups?

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I just read an article which indicated "the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) does not have jurisdiction over public universities, so the push to unionize athletes has been primarily targeted toward private schools like Northwestern."

I would take that to mean that their ruling Northwestern athletes are employees doesn't apply to athletes at public universities.  Unfortunately the article did not detail the reason the NLRB doesn't have jurisdiction over public universities.

This is true, but if ever this ruling stands and a mechanism by which athletes can negotiate with their employer is born, I can't imagine a scenario where the large public universities that rely on the service and talent of those kids to fill bank vaults aren't going to be active in that marketplace.

NLRB does not have jurisdiction over public employee unions. As an "employee" of a state university, that would be a public employee. Public employee unions are regulated state by state. It would be interesting if the private universities had to pay, while the public universities fought for non-pay. Pretty sure the public universities would either have to come around in a hurry or form their own division, with lower quality athletes. It's all fascinating, but it is also important to point out that the N'wstrn union push does not mention pay. It is predicated around getting continuing health care benefits for injuries sustained playing college athletics and other issues. Not to say pay won't come up eventually, but it is not a topic being currently included in the petition.

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South Region football / Re: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 26, 2014, 12:05:08 pm »
I'm not sure but I don't think it will be overly different from this year. Departing seniors left holes include QB, Slot back, DB, OLB, WR, DL, and a big one off the Oline. The biggest playmakers in last years junior class were found at RB in Eisenhofer, DB with B. Taylor, and OL. The rest, I think, have been more role players, though I'm probably shortchanging a few guys who I shouldn't be. Don't really want to spend the time this question probably deserves this far away from the season. There will need to be some more players from this group if W&L is going to be a contender.

Either way it leaves a lot of space for the rising underclass. Rising juniors to watch include RBs Stanfield and Moynahan as well as some of the DBs who saw time this year like McDonald and Cranford and LBs like Heard and Barr. We'll have to see who else steps up from this class. It is a "non-flashy" class so far, but with guys that have seen a lot of time playing the dirty roles.

Of the rising sophomores, QB is possibly going to be won by Charlie Nelson who got some game time last year. Rising sophomore RB Hollerith is going to terrorize the ODAC for a few years in my opinion. He is incredibly talented and a very bright spot in the W&L universe. DB Will Dyson, also a rising sophomore, saw a lot of time last year as well. I think that 2016 class is going to be very strong, but it could also be because it seems the opposite of the rising juniors, very flashy with the expected difference makers in the glory positions.

In my opinion W&L is at least a season away from being a significant ODAC factor. I thought last year was a game or two dissappointing, especially the loss to Shenandoah. We'll see how it goes but it's too far away for me to get too excited about yet.

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:51:08 pm »
Number on the roster is a different number than the number enrolled - wouldn't ya say?

I would say that number on a roster has a stronger bearing on how many good football players you have access to than number enrolled at a school. Common sense and all that...

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:01:47 pm »
I just consider it yet another mark of Mounts unprecedented bravery in overcoming challenges. After all...

"Mount is at a disadvantage like never before..... "


 :P

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:54:59 pm »
More Mount commits..

Zach Voss        FB/MLB  5-9, 200         Pulaski, TN
John Jefferson  OL   6-0,  265              Ambler, PA
Joey Hoffner     WR/SS  6-0,  190        Manor, PA
Collin Gilbert   QB/CB  5-10,  170        Columbiana, OH
Lane Breyer     DT/NG/OLB   6-1, 222  Kettering, OH

Wow, Mount must be getting close to their 300 player roster limit!  ;)

I always thought that was a budgeting floor, not a player ceiling?  ;D

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:22:50 am »
  Jknezek, while your remark would not cut it on SNL, it did make me smile> :)

Got to try, right?

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South Region / Re: MBB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 06, 2014, 02:35:15 pm »
  You got it tigerfan, March 21 and 22 in Salem Va.

Who knew they played one half each day?

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South Region football / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:48:45 pm »
Since when does Division III give scholarships for football... This could get intresting.

Most likely it is simply a small town reporter doing a poor job with the facts.

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:17:07 am »
When newbies join the boards, or when particularly stubborn people resurface, you have to go over it again. Unless you just shrug and leave them to their delusions. It's really hard to change most people's minds with logic when they truly BELIEVE something.
I went to all that trouble to, respectfully, keep your name out of my previous post and like magic, you appear! LOL + karma.  Just shrugging it off would be easier but not nearly as much fun though, especially in the dead of winter/off season.   :)

Sorry, too busy laughing at the people down here in Alabama trying to justify Nick Saban wanting college football to completely change its rules to benefit him. There is only so much football ridiculousness I can get involved in during the off season!

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:12:43 am »
When newbies join the boards, or when particularly stubborn people resurface, you have to go over it again. Unless you just shrug and leave them to their delusions. It's really hard to change most people's minds with logic when they truly BELIEVE something.

Tailgate and PurpleSuit could benefit from some useful advice from their fellow Mount friends jknezek, Dr. Acula, HScoach...among others.

Not much of a Mount friend. As an ODAC guy there just isn't much on the national scene for me. Certainly I am an admirer of Mount's program, how could you not? But I'd love to see them taken down a few pegs just because, like most Americans, I prefer underdogs when my team isn't the favorite. To be fair, I feel the same way about UWW...

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North Region football / Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:42:08 am »
When newbies join the boards, or when particularly stubborn people resurface, you have to go over it again. Unless you just shrug and leave them to their delusions. It's really hard to change most people's minds with logic when they truly BELIEVE something.

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:30:40 pm »
I'm not sure it's all that much about strengthening the conference, though it is a good byproduct that they can play up. For the NJAC, it's about maintaining the AQ. For the E8 it's about maintaining the AQ while creating a better situation for the members. I really think the E8 got the better end of the deal, marginally, by becoming so much more geographically compact while maintaining the competitiveness. That was a good trick and it really makes for a fabulous conference.

The NJAC, as it has since the AQ was initiated, just had to scramble for members. Luckily it worked out, and adding Wesley and Salisbury is very good, adding CNU is a nice bonus as well. SVA is a bit of a lame duck, but probably not much farther than CNU. Still, it's not quite as nice a situation as the E8 worked themselves into.

Congratulations are due all around for making a move that is so incredibly sensible.

The story on the front page mentions the improved budget situations for teams, now that they don't have to travel to MD. No small thing when you have 100+ people traveling in some situations.


Yep. That is exactly what I meant by "better situation!"

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