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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-05-2018 03:17 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 02:43 PM)odu09 Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 12:53 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  So we should just BE in a world of financial hurt rather than alleviate that issue and let the world know about it?

You're right. Let's just cut everything except for football, men's and women's basketball, and see how that goes for us.

Who is saying that?

I am just saying we should align our athletic programs with our peers. We will have 20 sports when Volleyball starts. That is unheard of among G5 schools. Meanwhile, we can't pay for coaches at the level of our peers in the two high profile sports, or build a football stadium that is an asset, while maintaining one of the largest athletic budgets in G5 athletics all because our admin doesn't want to look like the bad guy who took a diver's opportunity to attend ODU and compete in a revenue draining sport away.

But hey at least we are politically correct and diverse! We better never hurt anyone's feelings and do whats best for the school!
10-05-2018 03:27 PM
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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-05-2018 03:17 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 02:43 PM)odu09 Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 12:53 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  So we should just BE in a world of financial hurt rather than alleviate that issue and let the world know about it?

You're right. Let's just cut everything except for football, men's and women's basketball, and see how that goes for us.

Who is saying that?

I am just saying we should align our athletic programs with our peers. We will have 20 sports when Volleyball starts. That is unheard of among G5 schools. Meanwhile, we can't pay for coaches at the level of our peers in the two high profile sports, or build a football stadium that is an asset, while maintaining one of the largest athletic budgets in G5 athletics all because our admin doesn't want to look like the bad guy who took a diver's opportunity to attend ODU and compete in a revenue draining sport away.

The American sponsors 22 sports.
10-05-2018 04:23 PM
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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-05-2018 03:17 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 02:43 PM)odu09 Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 12:53 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  So we should just BE in a world of financial hurt rather than alleviate that issue and let the world know about it?

You're right. Let's just cut everything except for football, men's and women's basketball, and see how that goes for us.

Who is saying that?

I am just saying we should align our athletic programs with our peers. We will have 20 sports when Volleyball starts. That is unheard of among G5 schools. Meanwhile, we can't pay for coaches at the level of our peers in the two high profile sports, or build a football stadium that is an asset, while maintaining one of the largest athletic budgets in G5 athletics all because our admin doesn't want to look like the bad guy who took a diver's opportunity to attend ODU and compete in a revenue draining sport away.

20 sports is absolutely NOT unheard of with G5 schools, unless we're buying the American's P6 drive. UConn has 24 sports. ECU has 20. Cincinnati has 19. South Florida has 19. Temple has 19. Do we think of or hope to consider these schools our peers?

Exactly why do you think ODU started a swimming program in the first place? Do you think they expected it to be a revenue-generating sport? That it would get thousands of fans and put the school on TV regularly? Most non-revenue sports, well, there's a reason they're called non-revenue sports. There's benefit, even if it isn't one that you enjoy personally, to having these teams. Athletic departments don't start and continue to sponsor these sports for window dressing. They serve an important function for the university and that's why they'll continue to get support, even if you think they're a drain on the two sports you care about.

As for the coach salaries, we've had this discussion multiple times: No reputable manager is going to overpay for their hires. They hired an FCS assistant 10 years ago or so and have given him reasonable raises based on his performance. They hired a coach from a low-major university in basketball and paid him accordingly because, we assume, he was the best option they had in a very shallow hiring pool. People have this notion that coaching salaries are directly correlated to wins in a way that almost makes it transactional; if I pay $1M a year for a coach, I get x number of wins. UTSA pays its coach $1M a year. Is there any metric outside of that and stadium capacity in which you can say with a straight face that UTSA is a better program? ECU's paying their guy $1M (though maybe not for long at the rate things are going). He's never beaten a team with a .500 record or better. The Pirates have lost their last two games against FCS teams. They needed a rather, ahem, fortuitous call at home to beat an ODU team that apparently can't compete because they aren't paying their coach $1M.

Athletic departments exist for a reason. They're not going to crater non-revenue sports to boost football and basketball.
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I'll give you a pass on Wilder, but JJ is our basketball coach BECAUSE they couldn't pay for the type of coach they should have been hiring. We should never be in the business of hiring a 10-20 coach from the Patriot League.

As far as the teams you named in the American, that wasn't even half of their members.

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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-05-2018 08:22 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  I'll give you a pass on Wilder, but JJ is our basketball coach BECAUSE they couldn't pay for the type of coach they should have been hiring. We should never be in the business of hiring a 10-20 coach from the Patriot League.

But who was out there? They wanted Enfield, then his team had that one dunk-filled weekend in the NCAAs and he was USC bound. Keatts was a candidate for a show cause, and then he ended up leaving for N.C. State so who knows what happens after that? Rhoades might still be the right call for VCU but he had a pretty rough first season. And he's getting $1.2 million a year right now. Do you want to pay him $1.2 million? It was, again, not a good offseason to be shopping for a coach. I don't know if JJ was the best they could have done, but they're not going to outspend power-conference schools and there wasn't a slam-dunk guy out there for ODU.

Now if it comes out that they had a more prominent name but talks broke down because ODU wouldn't step up to the mark, then I'll concede the point, but based on the lay of the land that season, I think it was more a matter of ODU finding a coach and then negotiating the price than it was ODU entering the market with a price and seeing what they could get for it.

(Funny aside: Jeff Jones isn't even the highest-paid Jeff Jones in the U.S. The vice president and CFO of Cohu Inc. earned $1.2M in fiscal 2017, while the H&R Block CEO earned about $1M that year — not counting a $950,000 signing bonus. Maybe one of those guys can take a crack at coaching.

Quote:As far as the teams you named in the American, that wasn't even half of their members.

I thought five examples were plenty to disprove your notion that a G5 sponsoring 20 sports was "unheard of" but if you insist: The AAC all-sports member with the LEAST amount of sports sponsored is Central Florida with 16. Everyone else has more than that (Wichita State has 15, but they also don't have football; with it, they'd probably be in the 17-18 range). Navy is a football-only member but hell, let's throw them and their 22 sports into the fray.

And since we're being technical: From the Mountain West, Air Force has 26, San Jose State has 22, Fresno State has 21, Boise State and San Diego State have 19. From the MAC, Akron, Ball State, Kent State and Miami have 19. From the Sun Belt, Appalachian State has 20, Coastal Carolina has 19. And among independents, UMass has 21, Army and Liberty have 20.

And ODU as of now only has 18. They won't hit 20 until volleyball (beach and non-beach) come online.

So I think this notion that 20 sports is some ridiculous luxury for a G5 school is dubious.
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(10-05-2018 08:22 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  As far as the teams you named in the American, that wasn't even half of their members.

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UCF - 16
Cincinnati - 17
UConn - 22
ECU - 18
Houston - 15
Memphis - 18
USF - 17
SMU - 16
Temple - 18
Tulane - 19

ODU - 19
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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-06-2018 06:44 PM)Blue_Trombone Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 08:22 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  As far as the teams you named in the American, that wasn't even half of their members.

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UCF - 16
Cincinnati - 17
UConn - 22
ECU - 18
Houston - 15
Memphis - 18
USF - 17
SMU - 16
Temple - 18
Tulane - 19

ODU - 19

ODU has 18 sports
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RE: Volleyball 2020
(10-06-2018 07:19 PM)Justanodufan Wrote:  
(10-06-2018 06:44 PM)Blue_Trombone Wrote:  
(10-05-2018 08:22 PM)Monarchblue Wrote:  As far as the teams you named in the American, that wasn't even half of their members.

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UCF - 16
Cincinnati - 17
UConn - 22
ECU - 18
Houston - 15
Memphis - 18
USF - 17
SMU - 16
Temple - 18
Tulane - 19

ODU - 19

ODU has 18 sports

Won't volleyball make 19?
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