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  1. 3 points
    Is it systemic? No, that's not what the word "systemic" means. If it was systemic, ALL universities would be experiencing it. It is a "problem" for the bottom half. There is a need for systemic change. What system though? The Athletic Department or the overall university or G5 universities or just G5 athletic departments? The systemic issues at G5 schools have created problems for G5 athletic departments. G5 schools are having trouble coping with the financial pinches in recent years and are making already financially strapped athletic departments the target of poor administrative decisions including crippling cuts to athletic departments and student fees. Systemically, G5 universities are in a cycle of disastrous public relations. When is the last time you went six months without a report of the financial problems at UofA or similar schools. There is no reason to get upset with the media about this as they are public schools for the most part and taxpayers deserve to know what is going on at their public institutions. Are these schools making a concerted effort to highlight what they are doing positively within their communities? I doubt it. I don't see it and I live close to two decently sized public universities. The public is left with a feeling these schools are failing at every level and since they are funded by the public the "outrage response" is to demand cuts. Five years of cutting did not make General Electric a great company. Today, it is a shell of the company it was five years ago when the Six Sigma Black Belts took an hatchet to everything in sight (actually, it was much more than five years ago). During that period, you almost never heard good news about the company and investors lost confidence. The same is happening with G5 schools. How about the clowns who run them and work at them (yes, I'm talking to the professors who endlessly call for cuts to athletics) highlight some of the great things the kids are doing throughout the school to offset the negative financial press? What if these positive stories gave confidence to potential students and the enrollment/revenue increased? Isn't that a solution as well? G5 schools are not going to cut their way to success or a new future. That is a downward cycle that will cause the entire system to fail. If you want systemic failure, this is what it will look like. It's time to turn these schools into the beacons of light they are and not the black holes they appear to be. College athletics can be part of that endeavor.
  2. 3 points
    The NCAA has nothing to do with Title IX or Gender Equity. That's the United States Government. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. . 1681 et seq.) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving Federal financial assistance. Athletics are considered an integral part of an institution's education program and are therefore covered by this law. The only way Akron gets relief from Title IX is if they give up 100% of their Federal financial assistance, aka all Financial Aid.
  3. 3 points
    All I am saying is that this would be the perfect time for the college soccer world to adopt the two part season. Get things rolling in the spring, summer break, and then finish everything up in the fall.
  4. 3 points
  5. 2 points
    Where are the buy games this year? Who says they come back? The MAC Television Deal is not separated out by sport, so ZIPS FOOTBALL is not earning anything there, the SCHOOL earns something as part of the MAC membership. Per those articles on Football Spending.. 2015 https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/07/20/faculty-members-urge-u-akron-decrease-football-spending 2018 https://www.crainscleveland.com/sports-business/university-akron-tries-tackle-sports-dilemma 2019 https://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/2019/03/how-university-of-akron-raised-and-spent-money-on-sports-in-2017-2018.html Revenue: $34,601,000 Football Budget: $7,500,000 Ticket revenue: $1,381,580 (All sports) Contributions: $1,757,161 (All sports) NCAA: $1,289,476 ($0 from football as it is not NCAA sponsored at FBS level) Conference: $1,827,299 (All sports) Subsidy from non-athletic department sources: $24,289,339 Expenses: $34,873,226 Scholarships: $6,976,674 was spent on 213.05 scholarships split among 362 student-athletes. Even if you give football credit for all ticket sales, all contributions and all conference distribution (includes TV deal with ESPN) that's only $5,000,000 bucks and leaves a gap of $2.5m to break even. The only person that says football breaks even at Akron is the MAC Commish. The President and AD will never state that as it's simply not accurate. "Akron's athletic department budget of $33.1 million in 2017-18 included operating expenses of $11,174,159 and a total payroll of $10,181,747. The figures were a respective $1,230,159 and $173,747 above the original projections. But the Zips' athletic revenues — a theme that is all too common throughout NCAA Division I — account for only a quarter of the department's costs. That leaves the university to pick up the tab for the rest, via student fees and other institutional support." 2020 https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/05/01/budget-cuts-render-university-of-akrons-football-program-increasingly-indefensible There are 65 schools that are realistically eligible for the College Football Playoff - the power 5 schools plus Notre Dame. The GROUP OF 5 will never even have a chance to be a part of the Playoff. If a power 5 school goes 13-0 they will be in the CFP, guaranteed. One could easily extend the argument that spending $300K on a head men's soccer coach is insanity. Add in his state benefits at 42% of that figure and it's easily 10x the season ticket revenue for men's soccer. One could easily make the argument that Akron should aspire to be more like Creighton or Wichita State, basketball at the forefront and no football. The very argument being made by Gary Miller & Larry Williams about keeping athletics at the D1 is the marketing value provided to the campus and additions to the campus culture. Students would disagree if polled about their over $1,000 per year in fees to provide the playing opportunities for other students. Athletics is an extracurricular activity and not a mandated part of the academic mission of the University.
  6. 2 points
    Show us the documentation on Akron Football actually being the one program that brings in more than it spends? Akron Football, even at 14-0, will never ever play for a national championship. The program is irrelevant and no one attends games, even with the dumping of copious amounts of free tickets into the area. Students do not attend with free tickets. Less than 1000 season tickets sold per season over the last 4 years. But hey, people really care about Akron Football. What a fraud.
  7. 2 points
    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/04/21/university-kentucky-do-furloughs-layoffs-over-budget-deficit/2996062001/
  8. 2 points
    There are times in life that you wish you were wrong. This is one of those times. I was watching the commissioner on TV explaining the situation, and it is very disappointing for the fans and alumni. However, for the good of the players and fans that attend the games, I think this is the best decision (unfortunately). See prior posts of mine, I am expecting the rest of college and high school football to follow suit. Let's all pray that this virus ends soon. Go Zips.
  9. 2 points
    A big part of the problem in the athletics budget is due to accounting methods. In athletics every single cost can be nailed down and charged to that department. That goes all the way down to the people who clean the bathrooms at the JAR and those who mow the grass at Lee Jackson field. Compare that to the English department. If a new building is constructed to house the department do you think the cost of that building is considered a cost of the English program? How about the janitors or grounds keepers? Pretty sure Athletics doesn't get a credit for all the tuition paid from walkons or players from non-scholarship sports.
  10. 2 points
    I was purely speaking on the money aspect of it. I think we all know Akron isn't going to play Clemson
  11. 2 points
    fantastic article on Joao https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-city-soccer/os-sp-orlando-city-joao-moutinho-20200805-idmnel5vm5egpbyrynhmjz3obq-story.html But his most important contribution during tournament matches doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. Moutinho has become a constant, physical nuisance for attackers, breaking up passes and creating a smothering presence that presses all the way up into the attacking third. Against LAFC, that meant shutting down Diego Rossi, quieting a striker who had scored six times in four games before facing the Lions. Moutinho’s bullish presence on the ball has earned the respect of teammates across the pitch.
  12. 1 point
    https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29621025/source-mac-cancels-fall-football-season-eyes-move-spring Regardless of any past thoughts, seeing an entire FALL SPORTS SEASON be cancelled is a major blow to Akron, and every program in the MAC. Likely not the only conference to make this move, but the first at the FBS level. The economics without football buy games is impossible to navigate. Football impacts schools, but not really the NCAA. If this extends to the winter and there is no basketball tournament for a second season, the end of the NCAA will be in short order. No $$$ no sports. This could well be the total reset that we have been tossing around in various ways for years.
  13. 1 point
    I'm not surprised by the cancellation of the season. The people who run the league get 24 hours to decompress. Hopefully they will feel reenergized and on Monday get down to the business of figuring out what they want the league to be. The upcoming week is going to be informative. What will the other G5 conferences do? Is the MAC the first dominoe to fall? Does the cancellation of the MAC season take pressure off of the other G5 schools and make it easier for them to cancel? What are the phone calls between G5 commissioners? Maybe in 10 years, we will all look back on the cancellation as our day of freedom from what has become complete insanity.
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    See post of 46 minutes ago. I think I'll start a new thread .
  16. 1 point
    They'll keep their eligibility. They just did it for all spring sports
  17. 1 point
    It's telling who only pops in here when there's negative news.
  18. 1 point
    MAC Football By The Numbers: — The average MAC school spends $8.7 million on football. — 39 Power 5 programs were slated to pay $65 million for 49 guarantee games, including 18 against the 12 MAC programs. — $850,000 to each MAC school from ESPN, or around 10% of the overall football budget
  19. 1 point
    Cutting the 3 sports was a topical cut at best, as all were low scholarship sports and low head count. Several full time positions were cut as well, which is where more savings took place.
  20. 1 point
    Hopefully we are not making decisions regarding Zips Athletics to placate the faculty union / senate.
  21. 1 point
    Pretty much all of the MAC-CUSA-SB schools are in the same situation with big student fee subsidies but as far as I know we are the only one with a task force pending and our severity of budget and faculty cuts. The bubble has been expanding for a while now and we may be the ones to burst it. Everyone is clinging to their conference status quo, waiting and watching for some type of reset. I think if a few schools start dropping out of G5 by choice or necessity it will trigger some changes at the conference level. P.S. - some or most of the FCS conferences (e.g. Ivy League) have auto bids to the hoops and soccer tourneys, no? P.P.S. - Even though we know it wouldn't save much if any money returning to FCS, I think it would placate the faculty union / senate ... right now they just want to see a downgrade occur.
  22. 1 point
    Of course it's unrealistic to have a full schedule of games in the spring; however spring practice days could be increased a bit, and teams could be allowed one game. A rivalry game could generate much interest, and keep the product in front of fans. Networks will be willing to pay to televise a marbles match by spring. This would be much more interesting than a meaningless inter-squad scrimmage. Then have a normal '21 season.
  23. 1 point
    Akron can't be the only G5 school in the same situation. It seems like it would be systemic throughout the bottom half of Division I football. Maybe not as dire, not everyone has our marketing "effort", spending spree, and recent W/L records. But the rest of the Outside (how many?) universities, how many other programs are in dire straits? Is there a need for systemic changes? Does a football team really NEED 63 scholarships? Is it worth maintaining FBS football so men's hoops and men's soccer can be eligible for an auto bid in the tourneys?
  24. 1 point
    I think more efficient use of athletic tape is critical to cost reduction. The athletic department uses huge amounts of tape and discards it after only one use.even though it still has plenty of stickiness. Careful removal of the tape could enable it to be reused numerous times saving thousands of dollars each year.
  25. 1 point
    I found some much better sources to get game by game stats. Chris Bassett game logs JT Brubaker game logs MLB upcoming starters Akron Zips alumni It's hard to tell how many other Zips are active in the minor leagues and independant leagues, with everything being shut down. it looks like Devan Ahart and James Meeker would still be active. it looks like Dom Iero hung up the spikes.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    I don't know what it was but I am confident it didn't happen in an English or sales class.
  28. 1 point
    It is 6 months until February. I think there will be a new president and some type of vaccine by then.
  29. 1 point
    I always thought that this market would. There’s been talk and attempts. Now there’s a modern stadium of perfect size not owned by the NFL (Tom Benson Stadium). Canton had an arena team for awhile, but that was too gimmicky for the meat and potatoes fan in this region. If you look at other minor league sports, NE Ohio has four minor league baseball teams, and a G League basketball team. The Canton/Akron baseball team has been here 30 years, They could garner attention by paying homage to Canton being the birthplace of pro football and Akron being the first pro football champions. And I gotta think the U would be very interested in talking rental of the Info. And collecting parking fees. I think it would work. Esp a league that has televised games.
  30. 1 point
    I’m afraid you’re right. More cuts, and without the FBS money means even more cuts. Title IX is going to obliterate men’s sports. I have no words...
  31. 1 point
    This is just terrible. I figured this might happen. My heart goes out to those seniors on the team that have worked so hard only to see their careers end like this.
  32. 1 point
    Wow, I guess I'll cast my vote now for zero.
  33. 1 point
    Hey Mods! This guy clearly does not come on this site to talk Zip sports. Isn't it time you guys banned him? The social and political crap he spews will end up hurting us, not him, so pull the plug. Long overdue.
  34. 1 point
    TW pulls the trigger https://missoulian.com/sports/college/big-sky-conference/its-official-big-sky-postpones-conference-football-until-spring/article_ca29cfe1-df1a-51e4-a1b5-15e0a2136dd5.html
  35. 1 point
    Think of it like this. They were going to pay Akron $1.2 million. They settle for us at $750,000 and pay Citadel $450,000. They wouldn't have to spend any extra in reality.
  36. 1 point
    Shall we take a vote on who should resign from ZipsNation?
  37. 1 point
    It would be a blessing to get a tidy lump sum and not have to go there and take the beating. I'm sure we would accept a force majeure reduced settlement as we did with Nebraska and I'm sure Clemson is sure of it too.
  38. 1 point
    You guys are all sounding way too negative. Have you ever played a game? 💣
  39. 1 point
    He’s on a pace to be a 5-⭐️ within the next 48 hours!
  40. 1 point
    Hope Akron doesn't follow the decision by UConn football
  41. 1 point
    What did they say that was so offensive?
  42. 1 point
    sounds like breach of contract to me...maybe. If other schools are playing MAC opponents or other out of conference teams and Clemson plays an out of conference game then (without reading the contract) this seems like a breach. Akron isn't going to say a word and the MAC isn't going to cancel anything. They still have those power schools on the hook for those deals.
  43. 1 point
    There are programs at Akron I couldn't care less about. I don't constantly lobby for their demise.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Even stranger, Turner Gill and Kelvin Edwards are returning to Liberty in administrative positions. Seems like Treon is joining 68 black players on the Flames 2020 football roster who apparently have yet to recognize the oppressive attitude that hangs over the Liberty campus like smog over L.A.
  46. 1 point
    This is true. They're "burners," but yes, I'd say the typical D-1 WR is what, at least 6'? They'll play in the slot & hopefully be some playmakers.
  47. 1 point
    Please place your Covid-19 debates and opinions within this thread. Please do not clutter the sports boards with pandemic-related thoughts unless they directly relate to the Akron Zips.
  48. 0 points
    I wish my similar prediction was wrong. I am not happy that I was correct.
  49. 0 points
    Tom Wistrcill surfaces as the new Commissioner of The Big Sky Conference! How 'bout them apples?
  50. 0 points
    So... now here's this concerning our new QB prospect. Idk. But I've got to get to bed so maybe i'll look into this guy more tomorrow.
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