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  1. 4 points
    I’m to lazy to go back and look for article but I was pretty sure Terry was bought out around 400k. I’m sure my numbers are not correct but 650k for Nebraska & a future trip in 2025 1.1m Northwestern 1.3 S Carolina, half went to make the other half of Nebraska up & half did Bowden & Arth buyouts. Was a brilliant pick up game, no loss of revenue from Nebraska game & handled all expenses with coaches change Let’s move on - Go Zips, beat Illini
  2. 4 points
    The death nail to UA was struck around 2013. The U was already in a precarious financial position; but around that time the Ohio Legislature pushed out tougher commands on the 6-year retention rate. What made these changes especially difficult on The University of Akron was the "part-time" students and "Summit-College" students. As both counted against the 6-year retention rate at the time. Summit-College was performing the service of a Community College, where students were admitted to The University of Akron where they normally would not have been, and counted against the 6-year retention rate. Stark State seems to be moving in to cash in on the void left by UA's phase-out of Summit College as it was back then. Basically the State of Ohio forced UA to give up that vital part of revenue/service to the community that it had served as for decades and now others are moving in to siphon it off. I remember vividly one of my last years on campus when we played the University of Tennessee (where my cousin went to school) I looked up the enrollments of the two schools. UA had a total enrollment greater than that of the University of Tennessee (Ours was about 30,000 theirs was about 28,000). At UA you can clearly see the steepest reduction is in "Pre-Major" and "Associate Degree" programs which would have been mostly serviced by Summit College; followed up by Master's programs which is likely in the overall deduction of programs at UA. You can see the steepest drop in any category at any one time is "Associate Degree" from 2013-2014 which is a reduction of 1,200 in one year...which was most likely a good portion of your Summit College population. I would have gone to UA for my Master's, and given them my money...except they've cut all the programs I could possibly use in my career (for those who were trying to understand the outrage over cutting programs)...and now all of my graduate $ are going to other institutions when I would have preferred to go with my Alma Mater if the option were there. At any rate...it's obvious that there needs to be a steep reduction in the cost of athletics. UA's financial woes have been both self-inflicted, short-sidedness from past decadent leadership; and unrelenting pressure from the State not considering UA's unique position of being a Major University and a Community college at the same time.
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    It would reduce expenses some, but the revenue loss would probably meet or exceed the expense savings. Akron is going to have to continue paying ~$4.3 million for Infocision per year for the next 20 years regardless of if they stay FBS, drop down to FCS, or disband football altogether. Dropping out of FBS means we're likely to be booted out of the MAC. That means we'd see an increase, not decrease in travel costs as the MAC is a pretty compact conference. We'd lose out on ~$800k in annual tv revenue. We'd miss out on ~$1.5 million per year from the college football playoff G5 distribution. P5 schools pay G5 schools ~$1.3-$1.5 for buy games. Many P5 don't schedule FCS opponents and the ones that do only pay $300k-$600k so that's another loss or reduction to a revenue source. You can also add in reduced advertising and ticket sales. I'm sure there are other things as well that I'm not accounting for. Excluding the cost of Infocision, which is a sunk cost, the football program is most likely breaking even given all the revenue sources that I mentioned above. Men's basketball and men's soccer are probably both slight money losers as well, but mostly pay for themselves. Literally every other sport plus administrative overhead costs is where the athletic program is bleeding money.
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    I've heard that there are two more in the pipeline as well....just waiting for them to post online
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    New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – CB, Kyron Brown " A good sign for him is that he is said to have been flashing at OTA’s so far."
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    Thank you! It was time for me to get to my old circa 2014 posts and not bitter mid-20s something posts.
  9. 2 points
    If UA fired me, I’d put what’s best for me ahead of what’s best for UA too.
  10. 1 point
    So, I read the Troll of an Interim President's comments on the upcoming cuts to athletics, and I was surprised to NOT see any discussion on it on ZNO. I don't subscribe to the Beacon and only got to read the article as one of my X amount of free reads on line, but it sure sounds like some sports are gonna get whacked, or some of the staff that works "Game-Day experiences" are gonna be gone, or have to work for free. But I really was concerned with his comments regarding teams that don't need to have as a goal to work towards national titles., and comparing the new baseball arrangement as a be-all-end-all to the budget crunch. How can you realistically recruit college age kids and their parents or guardians, if you have hanging over your head that the University Administration doesn't give two hoots if you gain national prominence at your level? And I thought the baseball arrangement was temporary until they could fund some scholarships? And Green's comments that by not giving scholarships and bringing in local non-scholarship student-athletes, we would increase attendance at games because people would like to come see their kids and neighbor kids play was simplistic at best and just plain stupid at worst. I'd be hard-pressed to let my son or daughter come to U of A no matter what sport they played, as long as this attitude of funding only national caliber sports persisted. Except, of course, our national championship e-Sports team! I think Green thinks this is the way all sports should be played....
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    His stats are poor, but SJU is a big time program so he could be a very good player in the MAC
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    when are they going to find and name a permanent president? and they are expecting increased revenues from the gridiron team? Akron sports like soccer and track and field continue to do well...despite the turmoil and budget issues for the university https://www.ohio.com/news/20190607/ua-sports-teams-could-face-cuts-over-next-3-years?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GHM_Daily_Newsletter&utm_content=GTOH_ABJ&utm_term=060819
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    As in past years, the initial post^^ will be continually updated so you can easily check up on our ongoing progress.
  16. 1 point
    Is this our 1st commit?
  17. 1 point
    You're talking as if the Football team and the University aren't in dire financial straights. Yeah...you're going to have to set yourself at 2-2 absolute best going in to MAC play. You freaking don't have much of a choice financially. It's not 1974 anymore. Akron football has been irrelevant forever. Stop trying to beat the joneses and find a way to be semi-not-even-halfway more solvent.
  18. 1 point
    If they pint artificial trees maintenance costs should be low and the root system will definitely not be a problem.
  19. 1 point
    Fitzy totally looked like a Zip this past Spring.
  20. 1 point
    just scanned this quickly Sam Tojaga and Pol Hernandez were the 2 names that jumped out at me https://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/league-two-conf-teams-of-the-week:-6-12_aid46316
  21. 1 point
    UA signed his contract, and UA fired him. If there’s any grousing over TB getting paid not to coach the Zips this year, who should get the blame?
  22. 1 point
    https://www.crainscleveland.com/education/forty-one-faculty-members-take-early-retirement-university-akron?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
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    Playing Dayton wouldn't make sense. In order for an FCS opponent win to count towards bowl eligibility they would need to have 57 scholarship players (90% of the 63 total that FCS teams are allowed). Dayton has 0 scholarships. I do agree we should be playing 2 paycheck games per year at least until we can stabilize the budget. While at it we should also play fewer SWAC, MEAC, and NAIA teams in basketball and in their place allow ourselves to be bought 2-3x more times per year.
  25. 1 point
    I think playing Dayton every other year is one of the dumber posts I've read. They don't have scholarship players, not gonna happen. YSU also has to agree to play at Akron every other year, also not gonna happen
  26. 1 point
    I was talking about this with my parents the other day because they kinda have become "honorary" Zips fans because of me. I've got a solution for football that would hopefully cut-down on expenses/increase revenue. Keep making schedules like that of 2021. -Make YSU and Dayton the "FCS" team we play every-year. I don't think YSU would complain, and I much rather watch Akron play YSU and Dayton, Ohio Schools, than "Howard" or some other nonsense. -If you can't get YSU or Dayton every year, get one of the closer FCS teams. (this already appears to be what they are doing btw when they scheduled St. Francis U which is in Pennsylvania). -Schedule 2 pay games per year. In 2021 the Zips will play both Auburn and Ohio state. I haven't found any numbers on the 2021 contracts, but last year OSU paid Tulane $1.5-million, and Auburn paid UMass $1.9-million. The Zips had two "payday" games this past season as well with Northwestern ($1.2 million) and Nebraska ($1.17million, albeit reduced as the game was cancelled). This should be a directive TBH moving forward in my opinion as scheduling TWO "big-name" pay-day teams gives you another roughly $1-million in revenue, and hopefully by scheduling the closer FCS team you save money. Whatcha think?
  27. 1 point
    I doubt he would give up his paying job at Alabama as an offensive analyst, but who knows?
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    The food is pretty mediocre at best as well. I'm honestly surprised it's still in business.
  30. 1 point
    The article clearly states he's not cutting sports or jobs in the near term. I'm guessing there's a ton of cost in the "game day experience" within the InfoCision tower, yet very few suites used. I am certain football, basketball and soccer will continue to get most of the bucks. I do think he's naive to believe increased football revenue will make up for half the difference each year. Akron has not shown it will support the Zips in adequate numbers and I'm not sure that will ever change. I find it particularly naive in the next year or two, which will be rebuilds in many respects. The killer in all of this is that the cut increases by $1 million every year for eight years. But who knows, maybe some other MAC programs will follow suit. They all subsidize their programs to a great extent. Only difference is Akron's debt level is a lot higher thanks to President Proenza and the board's decision making. If you've read Green's strategic plan, you may know that increasing the number of foreign students is a big part of closing the revenue gap over the next decade. Unfortunately, our country's leader has done everything he can to make U.S. schools less attractive. Student visas down.
  31. 1 point
    My recollection is that when the Motor City Bowl was created it was to pit the MAC champion against a Big Ten team. Don't know if or when they gave up on that concept, but in the 16 Motor City/Little Caesars Pizza Bowl a team from the B1G participated three times, and I don' think they considered it much of an honor to participate.
  32. 1 point
    ... and if the school in Portage County would just add men's soccer we would be right back where we are now
  33. 1 point
    We have offered a Scholly to Joshua Primo SG 6'4" 170# 2 star recruit from Mississauga, Canada High School Huntington Prep St. Joseph's 07 Creeping Death.m4p
  34. 1 point
    Unless that's been the plan all along. Board of Trustees members of public universities are appointed by the governor and approved by the senate. Board of Trustees members are in charge of overseeing administrations and picking new administrations. Anyone following politics in the state of Ohio in regards to public education will have seen this strategy at work. I'm personally split because I love my Akron Zips; however I'm also a huge advocate of significant lowering in the cost of attendance at public Universities for all college students in the state of Ohio.
  35. 1 point
    Wow-- this is so much like many of my posts of prior years (usually around this time of year when there's neither football nor BB). I have been a huge advocate for Kent and UA merging proactively before the state mandated it. It makes no sense for these 2 almost twin schools to exist 13 miles apart. None. UA and Kent should merge to create a NEO system, with almost 60K students, a handful of synergistic, world-class programs (liquid crystals and polymers), and a huge alumni base in NEO. And of course, one set of sports programs, administrations, etc, would immediately save more than Akron projected deficit. It's hard to make a comparison to the Cali system-- the UC schools are almost all 'better' than Ohio's best public school (though I think rankings are bunk in general). Ohio schools are more comparable to the Cal State schools. And "below" that is Cal Community College system, which is the largest post secondary ed system in the world by itself (over 2.6 million students on 113 campuses; Cal State, the largest 4 yr system in the US, has nearly 500K students across 31 locations, and UC with 240K students at 9 colleges making up the highest ranked public universities and system in the world). What's happened to UA is simply depressing. Hard to see how it's not in a downward spiral caused by incredibly poor leadership. Proenza was a fantastic president and gave UA a sense direction and movement. The 'Landscape for Learning' was a critical investment-- the campus was a total shithole eyesore and the investment in the campus at least made it passable. I can't even imagine where enrollment would be without that. UA spends over $30 million on athletics and saddles its students with over $1000 annually to support those programs. It's nuts. If the will to merge UA and Kent can't be found, they should at least become completely interconnected and federated, sharing programs and ideally fielding a single football program-- that alone would save nearly $10M a year.
  36. 0 points
    Rain cancelled the event, but Arth and the staff will still be at Lake Forest CC at 11am for a meet and greet.
  37. 0 points
    We've chronicled the last few years our frustrations with the level and professionalism of marketing the MSOC team, but I think it's actually going to get worse. Once in awhile, I like to take a peek at the GoZips.com site and look at the Athletics tab and the Staff Directory to see any new names to the coaching staffs or missing ones. The Marketing staff will be down to just two individuals full-time for 2019-20 for ALL Sports combined, and with the upcoming cutbacks I'd doubt that that staff will grow, or that they will be using any GAs or interns. Bottom line - don't be surprised by a less-than-stellar Marketing and Promotion calendar for all sports.
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    Kinda like the Lee Jackson Track???????
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    Article in the Beacon this morning....that 12% of the professors....eligible to take an early retirement package took the package they were hoping for 15% to take the early retirement offer
  40. 0 points
    All the other state universities are being affected by this other than OSU, UC and Miami, and Miami is only holding on because they relentlessly recruit out of state students. It's hitting Akron the hardest because of years of Proenza's reckless spending binge followed by mediocre or worse leadership that only cared about getting to the next job. This is undoubtedly going to feed the element in state government that's long advocated consolidating programs and even campuses and instituting a much more rigid, structured system, and can you blame them? Proenza's building spree will be exhibit A in the argument to reign in "empire building" within the system. This is a system that funds more public law schools and the same number of public medical schools as California. It's been heading for this cliff for a long time.
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