(04-04-2012 09:37 PM)JSF Wrote: Fair points.
- I think the reason Buffalo gets away with paying Reggie what they do is because he doesn't demand more. If/when he leaves, I think the next coach gets a salary near the top of the conference.
- Toledo would have made this list last year, too. Ohio, Akron, and Toledo comprise the MAC's three biggest spenders on basketball, which has the best ROI.
- I don't understand what you mean by "free pass." Akron earned its place by pouring a ton of money into their programs. They built a new stadium, upgraded a lot of their facilities department-wide, will probably be building a new basketball arena within a few years, and got rid of a coach that was taking their football team nowhere.
- I have no idea whom Akron is playing. And that's not really the point. It's not about short-term results, it's about the long haul. And I'm talking about money here. Akron football is in a bad place on the field, but they're setting themselves up to get better in the future. Top to bottom, they have one of the stronger athletic departments in the conference.
Our friends at Kent will have a major problem with your list :)
I find a couple problems with your idea.
1. It is heavily weighted on the past 6 months in basketball and football and the events/hires that have taken place.
2. It neglects to recognize financial commitments made in sports in the past. ie-some MAC institutions were pumping money into their football programs 10 years ago. They were the first in line, now they get handicapped because we have short memories.
3. It fails to recognize that the race to the top will continue to change. Major players showing financial commitment recently will be overshadowed by others showing financial commitment in the next 1-3 years.
4. BGSU, Miami, and WMU are the only MAC programs to carry D I hockey. That is a HUGE financial commitment that is only chosen by 3 of our institutions.
5. Lastly, some of our fellow institutions (Miami and Kent are good examples in bball) operate under the notion that throwing money at a situation doesn't necessarily guarantee results in the MAC. From Kent's perspective...why would they play the rat race of coaching salaries when they've gotten oustanding results in the last 10 years operating under their own set of guidelines and agenda?
To answer your question about Akron getting a free pass.... Infocision stadium opened up in the last 3 years because Akron's old football stadium, the Rubber Bowl, was located well off campus and completely outdated. They had to build that stadium to stay competitive with the rest of the MAC. Giving them credit for something that was long overdue is slightly misleading IMO. How many MAC football teams were renovating their football stadium and building indoor practice facilities 10-12 years ago? I like Akron and where their programs are headed, but they shouldn't be allowed to leapfrog other universities on your list due to the fact that they were the last ones to pump serious money into football. It's akin to putting CMU on the list because they hired a former National Coach of the Year and are paying him 300k...all while throwing 20 million at their basketball arena in recent years.
To make it clear, this subject can be a lightning rod. I appreciate your opinions presented in a clear manner that isn't demeaning or threatening.