Transfer portal, coaching hires, and expansion.
Easter and Passover Greetings - busy, busy, lot's to keep up with. You go, John.
Bluster and talk by Yormark? He's also the only one with any action to date having obtained a reasonable media deal dollars and visibility wise. And his administration negotiated a financially lucrative early exit of UT and OU. And I presume they have been working to assimilate the new conference members.
Meanwhile, on the Pac 12 front, nothing to date regarding media, expansion, officiating issues, ...
I got a chuckle out of "The portal is portalin' " comment...until the thought popped into my head that a black hole sink where talent seems to vanish is centrally-located in the Women's Basketball locker room at the UO.
The smile vanished & I am left with the thought that something is terribly amiss down there. Ever since the GOAT left for the WNBA, the subtractions have outstripped the additions. And the results are bearing out.
With the 2 best players recently leaving [PaoPao & Rogers], Kelly Graves has both soul-searching & explaining to do.
Happy Passover...they tried to get us, we escaped, we are alive...let's eat :)
If you like Chris O'Dowd in his new show watch him on Netflix in the "IT Crowd." One of the funniest shows I have ever seen and for anyone who lived in the IT basement, it is hysterical.
I used to attend at least 2 Cal games a year in basketball and I'm sure if Madsen makes them relevant I might do it again. It also has to do with the times of the game. The Saturday game was always at 2PM but if they start in with the TBD stuff they will never get me back. This whole transfer protocol and NIL has made the whole college athletic scene a complete joke in my view, but let's hear it for the greatest oxymoron on the planet earth...."the Student Athlete."
He is risen, indeed!!
I follow the Big Sky Conference pretty closely, especially the northern teams (Eastern Washington and Idaho through the Spokane Spokesman-Review and the Montana schools through The Missoulian) and watch the games for these teams on ESPN+. I don't see them making the jump to the Mountain West due to the costs of "upgrading" from FCS to FBS together with these programs having a long, and generally successful history in FCS playoffs. The Texas schools that you mentioned are another story as they have all been looking for a good conference affiliation for their programs and have a completely different history (though a good deal of success). That success is partly why I would favor the Pac-10 adding both SMU and Rice to penetrate the Texas market/ playing field. Rice can easily put the resources into a successful Power 5 program with a reason to do so, and if you are going into that marketplace, do it right, no "toe in the water" approach.
Mark Madsen has done it all right at Utah Valley since taking over for mark Pope who started putting the program on the map before moving to BYU (yes, I follow the WAC too as Seattle U plays there). He will do for Cal basketball what most followers hope that Troy Taylor can do for Stanford football. Here's hoping that they can figure out blending the portal with high school recruiting with quality academics being about the only resource their school will give them.
And the portal: women's basketball will now be popular enough to look like men's basketball. High school one-and-dones are being replaced by programs getting older overnight as Mark Few puts it. Rebuilding a program becomes getting enough 5th year players to all come to your school on sort of a "rent-a-cop" basis. Don't have a good enough point card or shot-blocker? Recruit someone else's...
Happy Easter, Passover & Ramadan! In my yoga class our instructor finished her session with this; inside each of us are 2 wolves fighting a fierce battle. One is full of hate and anger, envy & greed the other full of love, hope, humility and kindnesses.
Which one do you think will win. The answer is easy. The one you feed the most!
P.S. I think the Pac 12 should offer Fresno State a spot to block the big 12 from gaining a foothold on the west coast; editing to add that this action would not be unkind...just logical.
He has risen, indeed.
However you all worship, recall today the love of the carpenter’s son.
He is risen indeed!
You had me at "He is Risen"..........
Was thinking, you have more freedom in your current working model for those comments
Mark Madsen has me ready to run through a brick wall
Leaking information a deal is close a few weeks ago, now a deal is months off…statements of unity..then silence…it sure seems like amateur hour. A deal will get done because there is limited 7:30 PM inventory available three nights a week.
He is risen indeed.
Man, it would be nice to see Portland State in a position to move to the MWC.
Question on tanking. Can the Masters fine or suspend Justin Thomas for tanking? Bogeying 17, 18, his best friend backs into making the cut,... AND tying a record, That record now, is Bogus
Why are the women on the Oregon basketball team leaving through the transfers portal