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16  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Future Schedules on: April 09, 2014, 09:47:13 AM
I get the point about wanting to schedule games from the regional footprint.  However, I suspect that BSF is correct (yup, I said that!).  After the small layer of hard core fans that follow college football, and UB in particular, a lot of folks in the general public likely only know UB to the extent that they read about them in the Buffalo News, or see them on television; and a good number likely don't know the difference between Duquesne, BC or Denton (N. Texas).  If that is the case, maybe just getting games in the early season at UB is the right strategy, regardless of foe.  It saddens me to think that it would drive scheduling........in spite of my age, I try desperately to maintain some of my youthful innocence :-)

Well I never said the fans care ;) I said if you bring in Stony Brook, Albany, or Cornell as your FCS ganme along with UMass, Army, UConn as FBS teams you incerase the number of fans from your opponents school who will travel. THe concerts and early season home games will do more for local attendance than the caliber of the opponent (save maybe Baylor, but we will see)

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Back to football; if the big schools schedule fewer non-BCS schools to strengthen their schedule

I think they will start scheduling fewer non-aq programs but I beleive it will be ebacuse the big cons are going to start moving to 9 conference games. Of the three left one will be an FCS for most and that leaves two other spots. Throw in games which almost always happen like Florida State / Florida and ND / USC and you see not as many chairs at the table.

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Perhaps we are in the minority on this board, as BSF rightfully points out, but I'd rather see Boise (they went to BGSU) or Fresno State (they went to Toledo), than UConn redux.

Don't get me wrong I would rather get fresh teams as well but you're going to need one or two more regional 1:1 deals. When we do get fresh teams the should be in our recruiting territory (Florida (FIU/FAU/UCF/USF), Georgia Staate, Old Dominian)...

Anyway, schedules will be what they will be........and Dar and I will be there cheering on the Bulls.  But I remain somewhat surprised that Danny doesn't appear more active in the future scheduling arena.  Maybe it's all underway and just very hush-hush (no doubt Bob D and his sources would have ferreted it out by now, if so), so best I just learn some patience.
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17  UB Sports / Other Sports / Re: ECC Hockey will play at Harborcenter on: April 08, 2014, 05:14:19 PM
http://www.harborcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ECC-FINAL-Release-0408141.pdf

Well if UB ever plans to play at Harborcenter they are running out of room.

PTR

Naa I have to assume if UB ever got serious they would either (1) play at a refurbished northtowns center or (2) outbid ECC
18  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Warde looking good on: April 08, 2014, 05:12:43 PM
Wards needed this after football and the fiasco with his cheerleaders.
What happened with the cheerleaders?

Once again I googled UCONN Cheerleaders and I was forced to look at all the cheerleaders. This time I didn't find what I was looking for.

Remember that king of the hill when Peggy took over the cheerleaders because they were more focused on their routines than, you know, cheering?

That's kinda what happened at UConn...

That's not what I heard.  It was more that Warde didn't want the cheerleader travel budget to come out of athletics anymore.  He tried to shift the funding to student activities.  Some games there were no cheerleaders travelling.  What did you hear?

I assume you are more knowledgeable than I am on this onr PTR. I had read some statements from the University on a seemingly separate issue where by the nature of what UConn cheerleaders were changed from a performance team to an "anyone can join ra-ra squad"... I had assumed that was the issue.

I can assure you UCONN's cheer team is not an "anyone can join" group.  They are almost all gymnastics scholarship athletes, including my buddies daughter.



I did not mean to imply and slob can join...

http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/UConn-disbands-cheerleaders-replaces-with-more-?urn=ncaab,185215

19  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Warde looking good on: April 08, 2014, 01:28:55 PM
Wards needed this after football and the fiasco with his cheerleaders.
What happened with the cheerleaders?

Once again I googled UCONN Cheerleaders and I was forced to look at all the cheerleaders. This time I didn't find what I was looking for.

Remember that king of the hill when Peggy took over the cheerleaders because they were more focused on their routines than, you know, cheering?

That's kinda what happened at UConn...

That's not what I heard.  It was more that Warde didn't want the cheerleader travel budget to come out of athletics anymore.  He tried to shift the funding to student activities.  Some games there were no cheerleaders travelling.  What did you hear?

I assume you are more knowledgeable than I am on this onr PTR. I had read some statements from the University on a seemingly separate issue where by the nature of what UConn cheerleaders were changed from a performance team to an "anyone can join ra-ra squad"... I had assumed that was the issue.
20  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Future Schedules on: April 08, 2014, 01:27:22 PM
I think that perhaps a big reason for the current pace is the change in scheduling philosophy that Danny White brought in. White is going to schedule a lot like Ohio does. The focus is going to be more on winnable games against mid majors than body bag pay day games against sec and b1g powerhouses.

I believe to some extent he and Manual had the same view but Manuel was saddled with a lot of punching bag contracts.

The dept is getting a bit further ahead of where they had been but this coming season was a perfect storm. So we get saddled with the second FCS game. I've been a proponent of playing one FCS game against a team we care about (or is near to our footprint). Albany, Stony Brook, Cornell all fit that mold. You can even say any other NY / North East PA FCS school also fits well.

If were going to pay them 100-300K for a game lets at least get some of their fans to buy tickets and the concessions. I don't know how well the Dukes faithful travel but I think Pitt is a bit further than I am comfortable with and I know Norfolk is too far out.

The other thing I know White is looking for is FBS 1:1's against teams in our recruiting footprint. I would not be shocked if they are trying to get ODU interested, along with UMass not that they are leaving the conference. I think the UConn series is great hopefully we can get another 1:1 and then there is the long term deal with army.

I don't pretend to understand the nuance which goes into setting up these schedules but I imagine you either set the schedule way ahead of time and perhaps lose out later or you wait until a year or two out hoping to find a good fit in some other school that needs a game.
21  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: National Championship game. Who you pickin? on: April 08, 2014, 09:53:14 AM
The game was there for UK to take, UConn did everything but hand it to them in the second half but the dogs prevailed!

http://www.ubbullrun.com/2014/4/7/5592244/connecticut-wins-national-title-and-vindicates-manuel
22  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Reggie #2 on: April 08, 2014, 09:52:09 AM
I have to ask: how common is it for legit coaches to ride out their severence packages? I don't see many coaches getting hired at name programs after taking a 2-3 year paid vacation.

And even then, if Reg was in demand schools would be calling him anyway. No matter what you thought of Reg the fact he's not even mentioned in coaching openings is a cold, hard indicator of what his rep is outside of Buffalo.

I was thinking the same thing... When he was fired TBN was sure to get a pull quote from every MAC coach talking about how lucky Buffalo was to have him and what a super coach he was. But there were two MAC openings this year and Spoon did not get a sniff.

He did not have the stature to take two years paid vacation and jump back into the mid majors. At this point he needs to either take an assistant job with a big(ish) program or look for a low major job.
23  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Mack the #2 Pick? on: April 08, 2014, 09:40:21 AM
Getting love from the Jags..

http://www.ubbullrun.com/2014/4/8/5593274/it-is-one-month-until-the-bulls-biggest-nfl-draft-day-ever
24  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Warde looking good on: April 07, 2014, 07:34:27 PM
Wards needed this after football and the fiasco with his cheerleaders.
What happened with the cheerleaders?

Once again I googled UCONN Cheerleaders and I was forced to look at all the cheerleaders. This time I didn't find what I was looking for.

Remember that king of the hill when Peggy took over the cheerleaders because they were more focused on their routines than, you know, cheering?

That's kinda what happened at UConn...
25  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: UMass out after 2015 on: April 06, 2014, 11:16:36 PM
Sorry to see us on waivers. As some said we are all pawns and our fate was tied to Temple. Will should be much better this year and see 3-4 wins and possible bowl eligible in 2015.

About 2015 is more about having Whipple back and Blake Frohnapfel being in his final year as QB. Don't expect a blowout at McGuirk and assume few will now make the game.




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UMass might potentially be bowl eligible in 2015 but does anyone see the MAC taking UMass a school there breaking up with for one of the 5 MAC bowl slots over the other 12 MAC full time members if there bowl eligible too? Because I don't in less UMass wins the MAC East in 2015 and the MAC has no other choice in my opinion. Let's Go Buffalo

I don't think UMass gets a MAC Bowl unless they win the East... I agree with you on this..
26  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Syracuse seems to be going for the whole NY theme too. on: April 05, 2014, 10:51:43 AM
You have the whole idea backwards.  There are definitely Yankees and Mets fans in Buffalo and Rochester.  But there are no Bison or Rochester Red Wings fans probably east of Geneva.  They are local teams.  The idea behind the NYBI is to create UB fans around the state and make a statewide team and not a regional team.  The idea is to try to build up a brand recognition for UB beyond Western New York.  A look a the top five conferences reveals that there are only three schools this season (four next season) are named for cities. All of those schools are in the ACC.  You say you are a season ticket holder for nearly 20 years for football.  Where are all  the fans?  If the NYBI works to bring in more fans (it dad) and donations (it did), then get used to it.

When I started at UB the AD was Ed Muto.  Every permanent AD that has been there since (Townsend, Arkeilpane, Manuel) has left UB Athletics in a better position than when they got the job.  UB Athletics today is doing better today than when Danny White got the job.   Each AD did the same thing Danny White is doing; change the marketing in an attempt to build attendance and donors.

As for the Gleason article (I had read it) although the idea was a what are they doing now piece on the former UB AD, it starts off as another Buffalo News hatchet job on Danny White, or did you miss that?

Very well put.... I grew up around Yankee fans, being a Boston fan it was a special kind of hell. So as I grew the Mets became my favoite NL team, still second to the sox... That made this a hell all its own

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18caPNisP2U

But back to the point you made yes, for nearly 20 years UB has been a D1 football team and were still struggling to get over 20K fans out to games. How is "Buffalo" showing its support..
27  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Another Munch Madness Game on: April 04, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
http://www.ubbullrun.com/2014/4/4/5581344/munch-madness-charlie-the-butcher-vs-salvatores-italian-gardens

Charlie the Butcher vs Salvatores
28  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jim Christian from Ohio to BC, how does it effect UB ? on: April 04, 2014, 02:18:14 PM
Now the rumor is Ndour is transferring out of the program. If he goes, I can imagine a Niagara-like exodus to follow.

Bad for the MAC, but probably good for the Bulls.

Well NU did beat us this year....
29  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Renew Your Basketball Tickets for 2014-15 on: April 01, 2014, 06:15:23 PM
And, as many have said, donations are something you can deduct!
You only can claim 80% of the "required donation" per this statement on the Blue and White Donation form:
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Under section 170(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, 80% of an amount donated to an institution of higher education for treatment as a charitable contribution if as a result of the donation, the member receives the right to purchase tickets for seating in an athletic stadium, arena, or other athletic benefit. You should consult your tax advisor for determining your proper charitable deduction.

Oh Im sorry you can only deduct 80% of the donation instead of 0% of the ticket price...
30  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Renew Your Basketball Tickets for 2014-15 on: April 01, 2014, 03:41:32 PM
doesn't include the "required donation". That would be an additional $150, $200 or $500 depending on where your tickets are located. The total price for a pair of tickets is anywhere from $400-$750.
What's with "required donations"? UB saves money on taxes by doing it that way?

White and company started this last year, instead of charging different rates for tickets, they can put that money in another column as 'donations.'  Then they can say, "Look!  Under our leadership, we increased donations to the program by 500%!"  More like an accounting trick than anything else.

And, as many have said, donations are something you can deduct!
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