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  • Olympic baseball qualification tournament

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  • Miami Basketball

    I see some people on this board upset about today’s loss and calling for Owens head.... let’s put everything in perspective:

    -we went over .500 for the first time in over a decade this season

    -we have everyone returning next year (minus Ayah and Jovic... not huge losses in terms of on the court)

    -we lost our leading scorer from last year

    -we have the worst facilities in the MAC, if not the entire midwest

    -there is no support from administration, and hasn’t been for years

    The basketball coaches at Miami have to work a lot harder than everyone else at the school and in the MAC to put out a winning product.

    A 7 seed and winning record should be considered a small miracle here at Miami these days. Jack Owens and his staff did a fine job this year, and ball was a lot more fun to watch than in years past.
    Also done during a global pandemic. This job is getting less and less attractive with each passing year, so I concur that rolling with Jack is the right call. I thought we should have canned Martin and he’s surprised me in improving after getting through the first 4 years. Hopefully Jack will improve as well as he continues to learn and grow in the HC role.
  • Happy Doug Penno Day

    Big fan of the radio call of that shot — Joe Barry calling the free throw miss and Bake capping the game with a “Miami’s Dancing!!!!”

  • MAC football -- the re-MACTIONing

    Some people have been saying that this is a choice of money vs the health of our students and student athletes.  I don't think that is exactly the way it is.  I think it is more if we can't protect our student athletes health because we don't have enough money to do so then we should delay/not play. As a conference, the Big Ten put us in a bad place when they dropped all the money non conference games which meant that budgets which were already being devastated by Corona virus were totally unable to do an appropriate testing schedule to protect the athletes.

    For the MAC, I think that the choice to play now or delay comes down to the financial ability to protect the athletes.  Now there have been some huge advances in lowering testing costs and getting faster results since we delayed originally. If we choose to play now that should be the reasoning, not pressure from people pushing for their own selfish reasons.  Spring football would be every bit as good/better as playing in the late Fall and early winter.  Either way we are only playing other MAC schools.  Being the only conference playing in the Spring has some advantages in coverage, weather, and attention.

    I agree with your point of the added the exposure with a spring season as a potential benefit, but what about the following:
    1. Many of the conferences best players will not be playing (MU has at least 3 that have opted out of spring).
    2. Recruiting disadvantages - dead period has been extended through 12/31. I’m sure it’ll be opened back up at some point this spring - MAC coaches will be in season while all others are on road.
    3. Bowls - I am still of the belief that some bowls will attempt to play this year in some form - MAC would miss out on those and any related income (potentially outweighing testing costs).
    4. Spring FB - while all other FBS schools will have had their season AND spring practices the MAC will have missed out on this critical time to develop their younger players.
    5. Will the spring season be viewed as the college version of the XFL to the NFL? Those leagues have all folded quickly and were never more than a one-time view novelty.
    There are others, but I think these may be the most significant concerns.
    1. You’re going to have opt outs no matter what; primary concern should be when can a season most safely be conducted.

    2. Not really compelling — coaches are always in recruiting mode anyways. Could actually be a selling point — there ain’t a damn thing on TV sports wise in February and MAC could own that month after the Super Bowl is done and in the doldrums of NBA and NHL regular seasons.

    3. We’re not even out of September yet so a bit presumptuous to worry about bowl games that may or may not happen many months from now and which we will lose money attending anyways.

    4. Can use fall practice time now to develop and once younger players have adjusted to college life after 1 semester they will be more likely to contribute in spring.

    5. MAC has been around since 1946 and survived the great realignment in the last decade. This will certainly test the conference but not a good comparison here.

  • MAC football -- the re-MACTIONing

    MZ your last two paragraphs are spot on.