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Randolph Duke

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    I was born in 2011 as a poor, humble alter-ego of a snarky son-of-a-bitch. I enjoy college sports, but I enjoy the business of college sports even more. I love how underdogs can constantly compete with established programs in college sports and how there is no planning to to account for the unexpected variable depending on 18-22 year old kids will react in any given situation. Most of all, I like college sports because the experience or being a player or a spectator can give us memories to last lifetime. And, if we are lucky, we can be better individuals because we were part of something bigger than just ourselves.
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  1. I have a concern that the same people who couldn't evaluate Tom Herman objectively a few years ago are again the loudest voices in the room. I know of at least one individual who, from the start, was deeply concerned about Herman's stupefying insistence on expending his goodwill with the alumni when he just had to bring a rape apologist and a high school drug dealer onto campus. The alumni held their collective noses because we were told we had to sacrifice integrity to beat TCU and OU. The loudest voices in the room shouted down any criticism of "St. Tom the Intellect." They were wrong.
  2. By the way, the athletics department financial reports mandated by the Dept of Education were due Oct 15. They will be released on the DoE database in a few weeks. The NCAA financials (far more detailed) are due Jan 15. When those numbers hit, expect the real fun to begin. It will be an era of negative recruiting unseen in our lifetimes, as it will reveal the futures of a number of programs. Texas has to be at the top of the list of financially solvent programs when the dust settles. Programs are going to have to cut back on facilities, coaches and personnel. That is the environment
  3. I hoped that recruit enjoyed last night's LSU game. A lot of programs are not being open and honest about their financial situations and whan that reality hits, many programs are going to be radically changed. Michigan needs to cut ties with Harbaugh, but UM athletics is facing the reality of a horrific cash flow situation that, if funded with additional debt, will radically change the fortunes of UM athletics. Many, many other programs are going to have to make significant financial cuts they are not discussing publicly, and certainly not disclosing to recruits. It should be fr
  4. The "cash cow" delivers roughly $10 mil/yr into a $3.1B budget. To break that relationship down, for an individual making $100k/yr, your "cash cow" would drop a whopping $0.03 into their pocket. You seem to have your financial understanding backward. Bellmont is the one that could not pay its most recent capital debt payment. The university isn't in dire financial straits. Your "cash cow" is. UT can have a football program without becoming Texas A&M. (Or, possibly not). There can be football at UT without having to turn the program over to a sociopath who would degrade the n
  5. If doesn't matter where the money is coming from. If Bellmont didn't have the money to make its scheduled capital debt payment, and didn't have the money to meet its payroll without layoffs and salary deductions, yet has $40 million to blow on a reprehensible human being to coach its football team, then the question should be asked if the leaders at UT have a grip on what is important. It would be reprehensible for Bellmont to take pay away from employees and to then hire Urban Meyer, of all people. The whole message that "people don't matter, football matters" is a rather bad message whe
  6. The academic budget of UT Austin is well in excess of $3B/yr. Academics brings the money in, and if the president of the university forgets that, it will be to his disadvantage. People forget the stink that Herman's insistence on hiring Casey Horny brought. People also forget the Bellmont employees who were recently let go because of the financial problems were real people. 70 positions eliminated. The pay reductions for Bellmont staff just hit with today's payroll. CDC's exact word were "Strong measures have been taken to mitigate expected revenue losses. These actions amount to a $
  7. As I said in the recruiting thread: I cannot fathom the transgression such that Urban Meyer would be a step up in ethics and integrity. Fewer than 60 days ago, CDC announced the loss of quite a few jobs inside Bellmont to save far less money than it would take to remove Herman and replace him with Meyer. The faculty has to do without merit raises, the university is just beginning to have to make very painful budget cuts, and Jay Hartzell's fist major decision would be to hire Urban Meyer, who comes with not inconsequential baggage. People have lost their minds.
  8. I cannot fathom the transgression such that Urban Meyer would be a step up in ethics and integrity. Fewer than 60 days ago, CDC announced the loss of quite a few jobs inside Bellmont to save far less money than it would take to remove Herman and replace him with Meyer. The faculty has to do without merit raises, the university is just beginning to have to make very painful budget cuts, and Jay Hartzell's fist major decision would be to hire Urban Meyer, who comes with not inconsequential baggage. People have lost their minds.
  9. And "Boom!" goes the dynamite! https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Texas-A-M-Alabama-book-12th-man-legal-fight-15264638.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral History of Texas A&M's 12th Man challenged amid legal battle with school David Barron , Houston Chronicle May 12, 2020 Updated: May 12, 2020 12:49 p.m. An Alabama book publisher has upped the ante in his three-year legal dispute with Texas A&M by asking a judge to consider evidence he says will strike at the h
  10. If you are on Twitter, follow David Barron from the Houston Chron for the next few days. @dfbarron You will understand when the time is right.
  11. Nice video, but they should have used the graphics with this moment of zen from a leader far more important to Longhorn football that just Tom Herman. A moment of zen from our true leader.
  12. You would be amazed at how many young people seek post secondary education to advance their dreams of pursuing a career in sports management, sports marketing, kinesiology, and other fields related to the field of sports entertainment. College athletics programs aren’t just about letting hood rats skate through their time on campus to win games so fat, rich alumni can brag to their cronies about how their team is going. So while you are defending the prestige of a college degree in dance theory, music, agricultural leadership, general studies, or the myriad of other majors offered
  13. Many in academia are well known for being jealous, petty, territorial, and overly impressed with themselves. And they are, in general, easily replaceable. Coaches are judged on their performance and paid for delivering demonstrable results. That level of accountability never has, and never will exist in academia. What anyone’s degree stands for is determined by how it empowers them to reach their goals in life. Whether or not some tenured, pinhead prima donna approves of the pay rate of other university employees means nothing. Like I said earlier, if any academic wants to give up
  14. The same academics who complain of how successful football coaches are compensated would never give up academia to enter the world of coaching. How do we know this? Because every academic has the opportunity to do so and none of us has ever heard of any academic giving up academia to become a coach. Tom Herman makes about 4% of gross revenue of the area of the university he manages. I assure you, if any of the academics who supposedly despise Tom Herman (or any high level college coach) want to give up tenure, put in 80+ hr weeks, begin recruiting elite students nationally, and either be

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