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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:36 am 
BLUE TURF! Also, in photographs, Dan Hawkins appears to have a diminished mental capacity. It should be noted that "Blue Turf!" is not a good as an argument as "Kibbie Dome!"


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:50 pm 
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BLUE TURF should not be as good an argument as KIBBIE DOME... problem is that I've been inside the Kibbie Dome and walked on the blue turf, and I'm not buying it. It's especially painful to note the replay screen at the dome... using the old 70's era technology, kind of like a 50s science film on the old classroom projector.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:06 pm 
http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Mar/03052004/sports/145043.asp

I think CUSA will add UNT.

There will then be a tug of war for Tech.

If the WAC wins, there just might be an even more Cajun flavor to the WAC.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 10:20 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:46 am 
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San Jose St. to drop from 1-A and the WAC?




ADVISORY VOTE WOULD CUT FUNDING

In a move that could threaten San Jose State University's 110-year-old football tradition, the Academic Senate voted by secret ballot Monday to limit funding for sports teams and recommended withdrawing from Division I-A and the Western Athletic Conference altogether.

( By Becky Bartindale, Mercury News, 04/20/2004 03:01 AM PDT)

Posted on Tue, Apr. 20, 2004

SJSU senate targets football

ADVISORY VOTE WOULD CUT FUNDING

By Becky Bartindale

Mercury News

In a move that could threaten San Jose State University's 110-year-old football tradition, the Academic Senate voted by secret ballot Monday to limit funding for sports teams and recommended withdrawing from Division I-A and the Western Athletic Conference altogether.

The action is meant to send a strong signal to the new university president -- who could be named as soon as today -- that in tight budget times, academics take priority over football. However, presidents have ignored faculty recommendations on athletic funding before, most recently in 1993.

``We're not opposed to football per se, but Division I-A has costs we can't afford,'' said James Brent, the political science professor who pushed Division I-A withdrawal through on a 21-11 vote. He conceded that dropping out of Division I-A ``probably means having to get rid of football.''

Although the senate vote is only symbolic, Brent said he hopes ``it will counter what the president will hear from a group of very loud boosters who don't have the best interests of the university as a whole at heart.''

The Academic Senate -- a group of faculty, students, staff and administrators that advises the president -- also voted to put the question of withdrawing from Division I-A and the WAC before the entire faculty in a referendum later this term.

The vote is the first formal faculty recommendation to emerge from a yearlong debate over athletics funding that has heated up as budgets have tightened, and the football program has struggled to fill seats and win games.

Both candidates who are finalists for the university presidency spoke out last week against taking quick action on the football question and pointed to the beneficial relationships that intercollegiate athletics bring the university.

Proponents of withdrawing argued that few students attend games. And despite publicity about needing to boost attendance to meet NCAA guidelines to stay in Division I-A, the university barely made the required 15,000 average attendance per game last year. Private fundraising to support the program also is down, they said.

A referendum, like the senate vote, would be advisory only. But it could put political pressure on a new president as the university gears up for some of the worst budget reductions in decades.

The senate proposal calls for a cap on the amount of general fund dollars used for athletics, and suggests that any savings be transferred to academic programs. General fund money now accounts for 58 percent of the $11.8 million athletic budget.

The university could substantially reduce spending by eliminating Division 1-A football, Brent said. He said San Jose State could stay in Division I and play all other sports in the Big West Conference, which does not require its members to play football.

The university also could play Division I-AA football in a different conference. Today, San Jose State is one of six among 23 CSU campuses that field a football team, and one of three in Division I-A.

In a four-page e-mail that was circulated on campus, Interim President Joseph Crowley called for all interested parties to talk about the future of Spartan athletics. He urged against voting to withdraw from Division I-A, though he supports scaling back general fund contributions to 35-45 percent of the athletic budget.

Figuring out what to do with the athletic program requires ``careful, comprehensive examination of the financial and other ramifications for the university,'' Crowley said. He suggested that a withdrawal could hurt financial donations from alumni.

That resonates with Ed Mosher, class of 1952, a donor who serves on several university committees, most of them involved with fundraising.

``If San Jose State threw out Division I football, I'd write them out of my will, never step foot on the campus again and resign all the boards I'm on because they would become just another mediocre state university,'' Mosher said.

During an emotional, two-hour senate debate, proponents of withdrawing from Division 1-A cited the loss of lecturers and course sections to budget cuts.

Noting that the English department gets much less money than athletics, English Professor Nancy Stork said, ``I don't mind being smaller than athletics. But when I am turning students away and meeting students who can't get the classes they need, I feel we are letting down students.''

Faculty members who opposed the idea said there had not been enough time to consider the potential fallout and the debate was lopsided because there was no presentation made by the athletic department. Although he was invited, Athletic Director Chuck Bell was traveling and could not attend.

``If athletics can pay for itself, it's a great luxury to have,'' said senior Huy Tran. ``But it's getting a large portion of the general fund, and it doesn't make sense for our priorities as a university.''

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:56 am 
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It's doubtful that this report will carry much weight. Now, as to the subject of whether SJ St should be in IA, that's debatable.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:26 am 
From my experience working in academics, the San Jose State debate is not unique. I am familiar with a similar intense debate on a Division II campus.
If intercollegiate athletics, particularly expensive football programs, are drawing so much from the general operating funds of a campus, then issues do arise concerning course offerings, faculty hiring, salaries, benefits, library acquisitions, lab supplies, etc.
On a few campuses, big time football and men's basketball pay for themselves and more, but at so many places, profits are not being generated, and the deficits are being made up through curtailment in other campus sectors, and often this is inclusive of academics.
Athletics can be integral recruitment tool and is a valued component of student life. Sometimes though, a campus has to get realistic in terms of what it can afford in the context of its mission and priorities.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 7:38 am 
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 7:59 am 
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June Jones endorses Idaho

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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 8:22 am 
I don't believe that is an endorsement.

Last one standing gets the ribbon. He didn't care who or where the team Hawai'i plays is located as long as its close.

I would rather have a team that people actually want to play, not because its the only option.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:13 am 
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http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040604/NEWS03/406040331/1037


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 4:25 pm 
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Idaho announces that they're in the WAC:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040604/FRONTPAGE/40604006

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http://www.uiathletics.com/pages/info.asp?CatID=14&ItemID=1845


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2005 8:30 pm 
The WAC has mentioned considering a non-football school and Denver is currently the strongest DI non-football program. It would give them a major media market and also help Denver to recruit at a higher level.


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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 6:34 am 
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Denver has to draw better at basketball and probably actually get a name at it to be desirable to the WAC. It's not there yet. The outstanding hockey program does the WAC no favors.

Thing is, yes, the WAC is looking, and would jump if Denver makes the effort.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 1:19 pm 
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Could the WAC possibly go to 12 teams, with 9 of them playing football in the conference?

i.e.,

Pacific Division
Hawaii
San Jose State
Nevada
Fresno State
Gonzaga
Santa Clara or Pepperdine or Sacramento State

Western Division
Utah State
Idaho
Boise State
Louisiana Tech
New Mexico State
Denver

Gonzaga already has over 5,000 attendance for basketball. Santa Clara and Pepperdine have some work to do in that area. Not sure about Sacramento State


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