- Dec 22, 2011
BOT is all about the $$$$, no way they would ever downgrade to a non power 5 conference.
I believe BOT loves $$$$ ACC generates and where football program is presently somewhere between #15 -#30 & a
minor bowl game and they are not breaking the bank $$$$ on costs.
stone cold winner for BOT which i doubt wants a true return to national prominence
You also do not understand how this works.
I'm a UM alum. I just got my e-mail from Julio Frenk, and we dropped in the academic rankings again. By the way, Miami does 5-year contracts with University presidents, and Frenk has 1 more year left, period. Donna got 3 contracts, Foote got 4. Stanford went 20 years. Pearson went 10 years. Ashe went 25 years.
So, yeah, the BoT has a lot on their plate, and I'm hoping we get a clean sweep on University president and UM AD in 2020. But this nonsense about the BoT "not caring" and "wanting to be cheap" is just insane.
The US News Rankings are the #1 issue on their minds. And one of the key factors (and way to jack yourself up in the rankings) is based on SELECTIVITY INDEX. That means, we need a sh!te-ton more people to apply to UM. And one of the key drivers of that metric (because, hey, we ARE talking about 17 year olds) is having a winning football team. That is why F$U climbed the academic issue when Jimbo and his rapists were winning football games, and it is why UM has been sliding since the early days of Shalala and the dominance of the 2000-2002 teams.
They get it. But we have also been hamstrung by sub-standard ACC and Nike revenues. We are catching back up, and when we start posting 10+ win seasons, I can "visionary-like" predict the future, which is that UM's academic rankings will begin to climb again.
The UM Board of Trustees is not like the owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Kansas City Royals (at least until a few years ago), content to field losing teams while raking in cash. The UM BoT doesn't get a dime for running a "cheap" football team. If anything, they would try to divert more resources if they could be guaranteed wins (and the eventual bump in academic rankings).
So, yeah, it's time to flush Julio and Blake and start fresh, but it would also be helpful to give Manny and Dan slightly more than 2 games to change the offense that Richt left us with.