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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-29-2018 10:23 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  I could be wrong--but I dont think so----My gut feeling is UConn isnt going anywhere until they have a solid working figure on the new AAC TV deal.

I think you'd be safe inscribing that in marble.

Personally I have thought for some time that the AAC vs. Big East math for UConn probably favored Big East simply because conference revenue is such a small portion of their revenue. AAC revenue is roughly as important to UConn as Sun Belt revenue has been for AState.


I actually thought just the opposite--for two reasons.

One---UConn is going to lose about 7 million a year in income when the "realignment fund" (comprised of old exit fees and left behind NCAA credits) runs out. This fund has been augementing the payout for the legacy Big East members of the AAC. Those teams will be looking for every spare dime when that happens. Coming up with a 10 million dollar exit fee for little or no difference in annual payout isnt going to be attractive.

Two---The football issue. Even if you make a bit more in basketball, you'll probably lose a bit more in football. Indy wont be kind. UConn is not BYU or Notre Dame. An Indy UConn schedule is going to look a lot more like a Umass schedule than a BYU schedule. That aint going to bring big bucks for tv and it isnt going to attract recruits or season ticket buyers.

My feeling is the difference in annual revenue is going to have to be pretty darn substantial before it makes sense to shell out 10 million in present day dollars AND throw football under a bus. I think the there is virtually no chance that the next AAC TV deal is going to less than the current BE deal (in fact, I think there is a very good chance the new AAC deal will be substantially better than the current BE deal).
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(03-30-2018 01:18 AM)Attackcoog Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 10:23 PM)arkstfan Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:44 PM)Attackcoog Wrote:  I could be wrong--but I dont think so----My gut feeling is UConn isnt going anywhere until they have a solid working figure on the new AAC TV deal.

I think you'd be safe inscribing that in marble.

Personally I have thought for some time that the AAC vs. Big East math for UConn probably favored Big East simply because conference revenue is such a small portion of their revenue. AAC revenue is roughly as important to UConn as Sun Belt revenue has been for AState.


I actually thought just the opposite--for two reasons.

One---UConn is going to lose about 7 million a year in income when the "realignment fund" (comprised of old exit fees and left behind NCAA credits) runs out. This fund has been augementing the payout for the legacy Big East members of the AAC. Those teams will be looking for every spare dime when that happens. Coming up with a 10 million dollar exit fee for little or no difference in annual payout isnt going to be attractive.

Two---The football issue. Even if you make a bit more in basketball, you'll probably lose a bit more in football. Indy wont be kind. UConn is not BYU or Notre Dame. An Indy UConn schedule is going to look a lot more like a Umass schedule than a BYU schedule. That aint going to bring big bucks for tv and it isnt going to attract recruits or season ticket buyers.

My feeling is the difference in annual revenue is going to have to be pretty darn substantial before it makes sense to shell out 10 million in present day dollars AND throw football under a bus. I think the there is virtually no chance that the next AAC TV deal is going to less than the current BE deal (in fact, I think there is a very good chance the new AAC deal will be substantially better than the current BE deal).

I see UConn staying in the AAC for different reasons.

First, I don't put much stock in that $10 million exit fee. I don't see that standing up in court at all. An exit fee has to be proportional to the revenues or loss/damage to a conference, and IMO it is impossible for a conference to enforce an exit fee that is equal to about 5 year's worth of payouts to its members. There's just no way the conference can justify that in court as proportional.

For a P5 conference that pays out $30 million to its members, then a $30m or $50m exit fee is appropriate, as it represents to 1 to 1 1/2 year's payouts/revenues. For the AAC? A $3m fee is probably all that can withstand judicial scrutiny.

But second, UConn is just too committed to having big-time football, and that's just impossible as an independent. Even if they joined the Big East, it would be just with an eye to luring an ACC or B1G bid.

Bottom line is that UConn isn't giving up on the Power conference dream, and if I were them I wouldn't either, despite the cost to basketball. And I say that as someone who would LOVE to have UConn back in the Big East where they belong. Syracuse belongs with us too, but they aren't coming back either.
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(03-29-2018 06:24 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:17 PM)WNCOrange Wrote:  He made mention of UConn in talks with the BE. He said it would be good for them to get back to playing teams like Villanova instead of teams like ECU.

I don't know if he was blowing smoke or what but he is still a UConn diehard and it shocked me to hear him say the BE out loud.

JC says it would be "incredible", in a good sense, if UConn rejoined the Big East. Says UConn season tickets have fallen from 12,000 to 5,000, because the fans were excited to play Big East teams but have no interest in playing AAC teams.

It doesn't really shock me. JC built his entire career and the UConn program in the Big East. He realizes UConn hoops belongs in the Big East.

It's not going to happen, UConn is all-in as a football program aiming for a P5 invitation. They're not letting that dream die any time soon. But Calhoun has always spoken his mind.

It doesn't help attendance when your team sucks either. Not sure getting bludgeoned every night in the BE (as opposed to just losing games in the AAC) will get more fans in the seats.
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(03-30-2018 08:00 AM)Eldonabe Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:24 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-29-2018 06:17 PM)WNCOrange Wrote:  He made mention of UConn in talks with the BE. He said it would be good for them to get back to playing teams like Villanova instead of teams like ECU.

I don't know if he was blowing smoke or what but he is still a UConn diehard and it shocked me to hear him say the BE out loud.

JC says it would be "incredible", in a good sense, if UConn rejoined the Big East. Says UConn season tickets have fallen from 12,000 to 5,000, because the fans were excited to play Big East teams but have no interest in playing AAC teams.

It doesn't really shock me. JC built his entire career and the UConn program in the Big East. He realizes UConn hoops belongs in the Big East.

It's not going to happen, UConn is all-in as a football program aiming for a P5 invitation. They're not letting that dream die any time soon. But Calhoun has always spoken his mind.

It doesn't help attendance when your team sucks either. Not sure getting bludgeoned every night in the BE (as opposed to just losing games in the AAC) will get more fans in the seats.

That's why the faction of UConn fans that want to get into the Big East have got to do it now. Because if they start winning again, folks are going to show up again in droves. It's that simple.
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...........and forfuksakes UConn IS NOT a blue blood basketball program. In your own mind sure, but nationally 100% NO. A [great] 15-20 year run is not BLUE BLOOD. It is one hell of a nice run, but that is it.

A blue blood program needs to sustain itself through a coaching change or three and keep that high level status to be in the conversation. Hell, Indiana isn't even a blue blood program IMO. They had the General, then a little success with Mike Davis (IU's version of Kevin Ollie) now they are a middler at best. The other thing UCONN is missing is the P5 conference affiliation - that could be blamed on football, but either way - they can't even dominate a next tier conference = NOT BLUE BLOOD. The other thing you don't have is final destination status among coaches. Dan Hurley - Really? You have a national search and you come up with him - Uconn has become a stepping stone job at most = NOT BLUE BLOOD.
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if hurley gets us back to being ranked and relevant and we can start making a few bowls in football there is no reason to leave for the big east. The aac is only going to improve and the tv contracts will get better.
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If UConn's priority is in football, which I and many believe it to be so, and the goal is to make it a winning and successful program, I believe there are serious doubts that can occur in the American.

Firstly, I don't see UConn leaping over programs like UCF, USF, Houston, Memphis and others in the AAC. Those programs have utilized their new conference affiliation and elevated their football programs considerably. While each has had their head coaches poached, they have maintained their investment towards a top football program in the conference. Secondly, the football recruiting area of the AAC is entrenched in the South. UConn will not get many skilled players from Florida and Texas because the big names will likely stay in those areas (and not head to the Northeast). In this regard, the deck is stacked against UConn ever getting to the top of the American. Additionally, football recruiting in the Northeast is just not strong. Finally, look at Rhett Lashlee - last year's UConn OC. He voluntarily left his position at UConn for the same role at SMU. UConn had to hire a coach that left them in Edsall.

UConn Football, ever since the establishment of the American, was set up to fail. Having zero regional rivals make it impossible to get strong local recruits, since their are no big rivalry games to sell recruits on. Playing against against a majority of new programs that were "called-up" put them in the lose/lose situation where, if they won, results would be diminished because they are games they were supposed to win anyway. If they lost, the perception to losing to "inferior" programs was very strong, and it also grave rise to the perception and appeal to programs that are now beating a former Big East Football program.

In summary, I don't FBS Independence is a death-sentence that many make it out to be. UConn would be able to control its own schedule much better, cut down on the national travel, and get more wins in the process. There can easily be a small rotation of Northeast programs between Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers, and Temple, along with other area programs in Buffalo, UMass and Army, in order to recreate local regional interest. There can also be games scheduled against weaker FBS programs like Kent State and Liberty and closer C-USA schools like Marshall, UNC-Charlotte, and Old Dominion. Toss in an annual FCS game against Stony Brook, Albany, Delaware or New Hampshire, and UConn has a much more advantageous schedule. Even in losses, at least there are more local games with built-in interest (not fabricated interest like the ConFLict).
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(03-30-2018 08:15 AM)Eldonabe Wrote:  ...........and forfuksakes UConn IS NOT a blue blood basketball program. In your own mind sure, but nationally 100% NO. A [great] 15-20 year run is not BLUE BLOOD. It is one hell of a nice run, but that is it.

A blue blood program needs to sustain itself through a coaching change or three and keep that high level status to be in the conversation. Hell, Indiana isn't even a blue blood program IMO. They had the General, then a little success with Mike Davis (IU's version of Kevin Ollie) now they are a middler at best. The other thing UCONN is missing is the P5 conference affiliation - that could be blamed on football, but either way - they can't even dominate a next tier conference = NOT BLUE BLOOD. The other thing you don't have is final destination status among coaches. Dan Hurley - Really? You have a national search and you come up with him - Uconn has become a stepping stone job at most = NOT BLUE BLOOD.

Yeah IU really tanked
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(03-30-2018 08:07 AM)stever20 Wrote:  That's why the faction of UConn fans that want to get into the Big East have got to do it now. Because if they start winning again, folks are going to show up again in droves. It's that simple.

First, "faction" makes it seem like a small, sub-culture that doesn't reflect general UConn fan thinking. I won't speak for UConn fans but I bet they would say that it's bigger than that.

Second, It's more complicated than having winning teams again. Sure, if UConn had great teams the last few years, attendance would be considerably better. That's true of everyone. But unless you are Duke or Kentucky or UNC, nobody has a good team every year. A program will have its ups and downs, and the strength of a program is defined by fan interest in years when you aren't 26 - 7 and have Sweet 16 or better written all over you.

UConn has natural and developed rivalries with Big East teams that just don't exist and probably never will in the AAC. Those rivalries sustain fan interest in the lean times.
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The football issue seems to have always been whether the program can distinguish itself better within and a part of the AAC or outside of it as an independent.

Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

Ironically, I don't think television and bowl access is as big an issue as the logistics. I suspect UConn could find television money...it just won't be great. UConn could find bowl tie-in's; their name and brand may carry enough weight to curry some interest with select games. Additionally, get to .500, and it's possible they go somewhere regardless of any special arrangements.

Losing good AAC games will hurt. And it's there where the issue really lies. You can leave and fill up the slate with NMSU, Liberty, etc.., but, with exception of Army and BYU, and maybe some regional interest with UMass, that's a big hit losing the Houston's, UCF's, Navy's, Cincy's, and ECU's of your schedule. Those guys help bring in money the old-fashioned way when you host them...you won't see it as an independent, backfilling with SBC, CUSA, and FCS fare. They won't travel...neither will UConn fans to watch those games.
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(03-30-2018 10:10 AM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 08:07 AM)stever20 Wrote:  That's why the faction of UConn fans that want to get into the Big East have got to do it now. Because if they start winning again, folks are going to show up again in droves. It's that simple.

First, "faction" makes it seem like a small, sub-culture that doesn't reflect general UConn fan thinking. I won't speak for UConn fans but I bet they would say that it's bigger than that.

Second, It's more complicated than having winning teams again. Sure, if UConn had great teams the last few years, attendance would be considerably better. That's true of everyone. But unless you are Duke or Kentucky or UNC, nobody has a good team every year. A program will have its ups and downs, and the strength of a program is defined by fan interest in years when you aren't 26 - 7 and have Sweet 16 or better written all over you.

UConn has natural and developed rivalries with Big East teams that just don't exist and probably never will in the AAC. Those rivalries sustain fan interest in the lean times.
That's why it's so important for those that want to get UConn back to the Big East to get it done now. Because if UConn starts to win again, their attendance will go up, and it won't be the sore thumb sticking out in 2-3 years that it is now. Conference affiliation isn't the #1 driver for ticket sales. Having a successful team is.
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(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

UConn could get independent football schedules as good as BYU's. They might decide that they prefer to stay in the AAC, but if they want to go the BE/indy route, they can build decent football schedules.
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(03-30-2018 11:05 AM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Independence is far more feasible now, given the pool of FBS independents, but it's not failsafe. UConn can't command/demand special favors the same way Notre Dame and the Service Academies can/could; UConn's phone lines won't be jammed by teams dying to get them on the books.

UConn could get independent football schedules as good as BYU's. They might decide that they prefer to stay in the AAC, but if they want to go the BE/indy route, they can build decent football schedules.

this is byu's schedule for 2018...I really don't think we could get most of those p5 teams in the schedule

@ ARIZ


9/1

TBD

vs CAL


9/8

TBD

@ WIS


9/15

TBD


vs MCNS


9/22

TBD

@ WASH


9/29

TBD





vs USU


10/5

TBD





vs HAW


10/13

TBD

vs NIU


10/27

TBD


@ BSU


11/3

TBD

@ UMASS


11/10

TBD

vs NMSU


11/17

TBD
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UConn isn't going anywhere. They are staying in the AAC until the next realignment goes through to see if they get the golden ticket to the B-12 or ACC. In the mean time if ticket sales are down get back to winning on the court, winning the AAC Championship, and get back to the NCAA Tournament and win there too and the fans will come back. Also start scheduling Old Big East members - Nova, Cuse, G-Town, St. Johns, Providence, Seton Hall, and Pitt rotating them through at home and the fans will be back too. 04-cheers
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(03-30-2018 12:23 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  this is byu's schedule for 2018...I really don't think we could get most of those p5 teams in the schedule

UConn likely wouldn't schedule Pac-12 teams like BYU does. Their P5 opponents would be primarily ACC and Big Ten teams.

UConn already has one P5 team on the schedule this year and two on every schedule from 2019-2023. UConn could get 4 or 5 P5 teams on an indy schedule, like BYU does.
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(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Losing good AAC games will hurt. And it's there where the issue really lies. You can leave and fill up the slate with NMSU, Liberty, etc.., but, with exception of Army and BYU, and maybe some regional interest with UMass, that's a big hit losing the Houston's, UCF's, Navy's, Cincy's, and ECU's of your schedule. Those guys help bring in money the old-fashioned way when you host them...you won't see it as an independent, backfilling with SBC, CUSA, and FCS fare. They won't travel...neither will UConn fans to watch those games.

Except for Navy and now UCF, do those names actually resonate in the northeast, though? Because UConn football isn't drawing with those names on the schedule. They could do worse if you replace them with NMSU, UMass, and Liberty--or maybe not.
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(03-30-2018 12:32 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:23 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  this is byu's schedule for 2018...I really don't think we could get most of those p5 teams in the schedule

UConn likely wouldn't schedule Pac-12 teams like BYU does. Their P5 opponents would be primarily ACC and Big Ten teams.

UConn already has one P5 team on the schedule this year and two on every schedule from 2019-2023. UConn could get 4 or 5 P5 teams on an indy schedule, like BYU does.
I just don't think we could get the big name teams of the p5 conferences. obviously we can play our new England rivals from the acc and big ten (cuse, Pitt, Rutgers etc). But our chances of playing Miami of the acc, or penn state of the BIG are a lot lower then BYU playing USC, or Washington of the pac 12. BYU is a more attractive opponent. we would really struggle as an indy, with quality of opponents and overall field performance
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(03-30-2018 12:51 PM)johnbragg Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Losing good AAC games will hurt. And it's there where the issue really lies. You can leave and fill up the slate with NMSU, Liberty, etc.., but, with exception of Army and BYU, and maybe some regional interest with UMass, that's a big hit losing the Houston's, UCF's, Navy's, Cincy's, and ECU's of your schedule. Those guys help bring in money the old-fashioned way when you host them...you won't see it as an independent, backfilling with SBC, CUSA, and FCS fare. They won't travel...neither will UConn fans to watch those games.

Except for Navy and now UCF, do those names actually resonate in the northeast, though? Because UConn football isn't drawing with those names on the schedule. They could do worse if you replace them with NMSU, UMass, and Liberty--or maybe not.

Exactly. If UConn were drawing well in conference they probably wouldn't be considering leaving. You could write at least half the AAC off as potential future home/home opponents in an indy schedule, and you wouldn't choose to play them only as road games.

Ideally, you would seek out H/H deals with BC and Syracuse from the ACC, Temple and maybe Cincy from the AAC, Rutgers from the B1G, plus independents Army, UMass, Liberty and NMSU to fill your November schedule. Then, if you want to schedule up to improve your ranking, you seek other northern P5s as road "buy" games.

That's not a BYU or ND indy schedule, but it's not bad and it's doable.
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I wouldn't dispute the potential of getting good games the first 3-4 weeks of the season. It's what happens in October and November when you feel the crunch. BYU's got it great those first couple of weeks. You can see how creative they have to be in the middle and the end.

Where I don't see UConn having it quite so good is that BYU has both good working relationships with the pre-MWC WAC teams, and something established with Utah State and Utah. The Holy War is back at the end of the season...even if it wasn't, BYU could probably get away with Utah State around that time...does UConn have similar options? Because UMass can probably go anywhere on the calendar...

Quote:Because UConn football isn't drawing with those names on the schedule.

UConn people might not be showing up to their own games, but the other side tends to be good for theirs. That shouldn't be discounted, because you could go with a Sun Belt or MAC school, and now NOBODY is showing up. At least with the others, even if the locals aren't thrilled, the other team's fans are.

That's the trap of scheduling, isn't it? At Penn State, you saw (a decade or so ago, at least) the Nits load up on G5 or FCS fluff, and those 100-110K+ gates weren't happening. That's not on EIU, Indiana State, or some other scrub...that's on Penn State for failing its fans, scheduling games people don't want to pay to see. Penn State folks may not love all of the Big Ten schools who are on the schedule, either...the other schools' fans still show up, though. Penn State can try to shove the local connection Youngstown State, Akron, and Kent State have all they want (this was a common area Paterno used to recruit); you can't make people care about that stuff if the teams from there aren't good for the fight.
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RE: Anyone catch Jim Calhoun on the Gottlieb radio show today?
(03-30-2018 12:51 PM)johnbragg Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 10:13 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Losing good AAC games will hurt. And it's there where the issue really lies. You can leave and fill up the slate with NMSU, Liberty, etc.., but, with exception of Army and BYU, and maybe some regional interest with UMass, that's a big hit losing the Houston's, UCF's, Navy's, Cincy's, and ECU's of your schedule. Those guys help bring in money the old-fashioned way when you host them...you won't see it as an independent, backfilling with SBC, CUSA, and FCS fare. They won't travel...neither will UConn fans to watch those games.

Except for Navy and now UCF, do those names actually resonate in the northeast, though? Because UConn football isn't drawing with those names on the schedule. They could do worse if you replace them with NMSU, UMass, and Liberty--or maybe not.

Yea, that's the thing - regardless of the quality of the teams, the AAC brands just don't draw in Connecticut. The fans will show up if UConn's winning, but they'll show up for an 8-4 independent team too. I honestly don't think there's a huge difference between ECU/USF/Houston and Charlotte/FAU/Rice in terms of getting people in the Hartford area to show up, just whether or not UConn's winning.

(03-30-2018 12:53 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:32 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(03-30-2018 12:23 PM)Huskypride Wrote:  this is byu's schedule for 2018...I really don't think we could get most of those p5 teams in the schedule

UConn likely wouldn't schedule Pac-12 teams like BYU does. Their P5 opponents would be primarily ACC and Big Ten teams.

UConn already has one P5 team on the schedule this year and two on every schedule from 2019-2023. UConn could get 4 or 5 P5 teams on an indy schedule, like BYU does.
I just don't think we could get the big name teams of the p5 conferences. obviously we can play our new England rivals from the acc and big ten (cuse, Pitt, Rutgers etc). But our chances of playing Miami of the acc, or penn state of the BIG are a lot lower then BYU playing USC, or Washington of the pac 12. BYU is a more attractive opponent. we would really struggle as an indy, with quality of opponents and overall field performance

UConn has no business playing the Penn States and Michigans of the world anyway. What exactly looks fun about being Rutgers the last couple years? If you can play some of the old BE teams and/or some of the more basketball-focused big money schools, like Kansas/Wake/Indiana, plus a mix of G5 and independent programs that's an entirely appropriate schedule for UConn.
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