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  1. I don't think we are far off here...my biggest issue is that by allocating football revenues to an entity that provides no services in return, you are distorting the financial picture of the football team in a negative fashion (not materially to the point of profitability, but it definitely looks worse than it is). If those sport-specific financials aren't being scrutinized by the public or being used in decision-making, then it's no big deal. It just seems unnecessarily confusing and unhelpful to me as a bystander. My biggest concern is that the athletic department has had to tighten it's belt...but has the Ralph? If they haven't, then that doesn't seem to be very fair to the athletic department as a whole...however it seems as though the newest agreement shifted some employees to REA, which should help alleviate that issue somewhat.
  2. Because when news comes out and the women's hockey folks whine about UND football's deficit, they aren't taking into account that a portion of their revenue is taken from their P&L without any corresponding benefit, which is why I think it would be nice to see a breakdown of the services that REA provides to UND football. I never said that football is self-sustaining (it's not), but it is a sport with both current revenue and potential for greater. This whole arrangement is just a shell game that seems unnecessary to me. But that's where we are in this era that pits individual sports against each other I guess...
  3. Would it be too much to ask to see an accounting of how football's 52% revenue share is spent by REA? If all sports have to submit the majority of their ticket revenue to REA, shouldn't they have some expectation of a benefit from that entity? That should be easy to prove for basketball and volleyball, who play in an REA entity, but it seems awfully murky to me on the benefit that the football program gets. Budgetary pressures hit these programs pretty hard, but I'm not so sure that they hit the Ralph...which isn't really an ideal situation in my eyes. Regardless, when the athletic department financial results come out each year, under this agreement you have to factor in the 52% hit in revenue on the football program's P&L. Does it make the difference between showing in the red and the black (no)...but it probably makes the net loss look a lot worse.
  4. UND08

    Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Yep...a potentially basketball focused school with a healthy budget in a good sports town within easy traveling distance sounds absolutely terrible. I'm sure the UNI's of the world said the same thing back in the early 2000s when NDSU and SDSU moved into the Gateway/MVFC for football... I get that adding Augie to the Summit does nothing the automatic bid status of the conference in the "NOW" context...but it's within the conference footprint in a growing city with a potential healthy endowment. If they do things right, they could offer great diversity to the Dakota 4 (being basketball/Olympic-centric)...and could easily become a power in the league.
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    Yep...multiple players have been dealing with what the trainers have called a severe "talent deficiency" the last several years...
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    Minot State is on their 3rd coach in 4 years and they've amassed a record of 8-36 in that time (of which 6 of those wins were against equally crappy if not worse UMary and Crookston)...I'm on record saying I don't like Rudy as OC but it's not like he left Minot and the Beavers became a powerhouse.
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    Ok let's be realistic here...Bubba just received a contract extension after last year. I don't remember the particulars of it...but if (and I mean if) we would have a disappointing year next season...where does the money come from to pay two head coaches? It probably won't pass the eye test if UND has to pay out a fired head coach 18 months after cutting sports to save money...
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    New AD wish list

    I'll second this one...he's a charismatic guy who's departments have overachieved based on the schools he's been at. I'd like to see our interviews consist of Doug Peters and a couple of FBS Associate ADs...
  9. UND08

    2017 Season

    I don't disagree with anything you said...I think immediate measures need to be put into place...specifically mandatory regular testing. I don't care if pot is socially acceptable or not...it's against the law and those who don't have enough respect for the program to do things the right way need to be dealt with.
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    2017 Season

    Ok...I'm as mad as anyone about this but an embarrassment to UND? No these players were the embarrassment...roughly 100 guys in the program and over 90% of them have never had any significant run-in with the law. Like Siouxboys said all programs have at least some "fat." If you want to put this on the captains then go right ahead...that's the direction society is going these days...it's always somebody else's fault! These two need to be held fully accountable for their actions...which if convicted means a swift kick in the you know what from the locker room to the jail cell. Now...I will say this is starting to become a trend...and I don't like it. It's up to Bubba to fix this...and I'm confident he will. Hell it wasn't even a year ago he was named coach of the year and he got a contract extension. This is one fickle fanbase...and I'm not going to fall into the trap of jumping ship overnight. If the trend isn't addressed swiftly and severely...then we'll see what happens...but until then I stand behind this program and will continue to do so.
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    2017 Season

    This is the cherry on top of a Sh*tty Season sundae...I'm starting to see a disturbing trend...it needs to be cleaned up...yesterday!
  12. UND08

    UND at USD

    This...so much this! I like John a lot...but our offense is better with Brady as the feature back...find ways to get Brady and John on the field at the same time...I'm hopeful that's coming at some point this year!
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    Game day: F'n Hawks vs Bears

    Haha...Through two games this year I've already seen calls to fire Rudolph and Kostich on this board...it makes me feel like I'm on Bisonville!
  14. UND08

    Game day: F'n Hawks vs Bears

    Are you referring to the first drive of the game? If I remember right it seemed to me that Keaton checked into the wrong play.
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    Moo U diaries

    I believe overwhelmingly in the fact that these injuries are largely a fluke outside of anyone's control...but if there was one factor in Fargo that could contribute to NDSU's injury issues this year I'd say it was fatigue from playing 15+ games per year over the last several years. I don't think that's causing these issues but that's a whole extra season of wear and tear over a career that has to have some effect, even if it's not on knees. I feel terrible for Mr. DeLuca though...he's a great player. To potentially lose two seasons due to two completely unrelated injuries stinks. I know it's part of the game...but you never want to see that for any athlete. I hope he can heal up well and get back on the field...whenever that may be.