Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:13 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Big East received more $ from hoops than BCS

In case you need more evidence that basketball is truly king in the Big East, here’s another example. The league received more money in 2011 in NCAA tournament revenue ($24.9 million) than it did in BCS football revenue ($21.2 million).

The Big East’s $24.9 million received from the NCAA was about $6 million more than the Big 12, the next closest conference. The NCAA basketball revenue is based on number of “tournament units.” For each round a league team advances it receives another unit. Each unit is worth about $240,000.

Even though the Big East earned the most revenue, the Big Ten had the highest per-team average at $1.67 million, followed by the Pac-10 ($1.6 million), Big 12 ($1.575 million), Big East ($1.55 million), ACC ($1.51 million) and SEC ($1.29 million).

Here’s the breakdown of the 2011 distribution of NCAA basketball revenue by conference

1. Big East $24.9 million
2. Big 12 $18.9 million
3. Big Ten $18.4 million
4. ACC $18.2 million
5. Pac-10 $16 million

6. SEC $15.5 million
7. Conference USA $6.9 million
8. Missouri Valley $5 million
(tie). Mountain West $5 million
10. Atlantic 10 $5.7 million

11. Horizon $4.5 million
(tie). West Coast $4.5 million
13. Colonial $3.3 million
14. WAC $2.8 million
15. Sun Belt $2.3 million
16. Southern $2.1 million

17. Big West $1.9 million
(tie). Ivy $1.9 million
(tie). Metro $1.9 million
(tie). Ohio Valley $1.9 million
(tie). Patriot $1.9

22. America East $1.6 million
(tie). Big Sky $1.6 million
(tie). Big South $1.6 million
(tie). MAC $1.6 million
(tie). Northeast $1.6 million
(tie). Southland $1.6 million
(tie). SWAC $1.6 million

29. Atlantic Sun $1.4 million
(tie). MEAC $1.4 million
(tie). Summit $1.4 million


Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Schools: NCAA's APR data for coaches not fair

Charlie Strong was hired at Louisville on Dec. 9, 2009. So he obviously did not coach the Cardinals during the 2009-10 season. But don’t tell the NCAA that, because according to how the NCAA computes the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, Strong was just as responsible for the Cardinals’ low APR score as former coach Steve Kragthorpe.

Because Strong was at the school during the 2009-10 school year, the NCAA gives Strong and Kragthorpe equal credit for the Cardinals’ APR score that year.

UL’s 869 APR out of 1,000 was the worst APR score among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in 2009-10.

In Wednesday’s study of the APR averages of the FBS coaches by CBSSports.com, I used the data provided by the NCAA. The coaches year-by-year APR scores are available on the NCAA’s website, if you want to check it out for yourself.

At least two schools – Louisville and UCF – believe the way the NCAA calculates the APR scores for coaches is not fair and misleading. Louisville believes Strong should not be saddled with the 2009-10 score of 869 - the school expects the 2010-11 APR to be significantly better.

UCF also believes Coach George O’Leary should not be credited with the 880 from the 2003-04 year because O’Leary was hired at UCF on Dec. 8, 2003.

UCF felt strongly enough about how the NCAA calculates the coaches APR scores, the school posted a story on its website following the CBSSports.com study. UCF's story did not include O'Leary's 2003-04 880 APR score. Louisville officials prefered not to comment for this story.

Based on the NCAA’s data, Strong ranked as the coach with the worst APR in FBS. Three other coaches that had the nation’s seven-worst coaching APRs – Akron’s Rob Ianello (900), Memphis’ Larry Porter (903) and Buffalo’s Jeff Quinn (918) – also were credited for a dismal APR score even though they arrived after that football season had been completed.

I e-mailed NCAA spokesman Eric Christianson Thursday, asking for an explanation why the NCAA computes the APR’s of the coaches that way. When I receive a response, I will let you know.



Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Conference breakdown of coaches APR

Didn't get enough from my story on the top coaches ranked by their Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, here's a comprehensive look at each coach ranked by conference.

CBSSports.com compiled the APR averages of 109 of the 120 coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) using data provided by the NCAA. CBSSports.com's study is based on the NCAA's available data between 2003-04 and 2009-10 so 11 coaches debuting this season were not included. 

Below is a list of each coach by conference preceded by the coaches national rank:

Atlantic Coast

1. Dabo Swinney, Clemson 988
4. x-Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech 980
7. Frank Spaziani, Boston College 978
8. x-David Cutcliffe, Duke 976
13. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest 969
29. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State 959
30. x-Mike London, Virginia 958
33. Butch Davis, North Carolina 956
41. x-Randy Edsall, Maryland 951
(tie). x-Tom O'Brien, N.C. State 951
59. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech 943
83. x-Al Golden, Miami 931

Big East

4. Greg Schiano, Rutgers 980
21. x-Paul Pasqualoni, UConn 964
26. y-Bill Stewart, West Virginia 960
50. Doug Marrone, Syracuse 948
54. x-Todd Graham, Pittsburgh 945
62. x-Skip Holtz, South Florida 941
74. x-Butch Jones, Cincinnati 936
109. Charlie Strong, Louisville 869

Big Ten

2. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern 986
13. Bret Bielema, Wisconsin 969
17. Joe Paterno, Penn State 967
18. x-Danny Hope, Purdue 966
19. x-Jerry Kill, Minnesota 965
21. Bill Lynch, Indiana 964
26. z-Jim Tressel, Ohio State 960
31. Bo Pelini, Nebraska 957
41. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 951
51. x-Ron Zook, Illinois 946
59. x-Brady Hoke, Michigan 943
68. x-Mark Dantonio, Michigan State 939

Big 12

39. Gary Pinkel, Missouri 953
45. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma 950
48. x-Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech 949
57. x-Art Briles, Baylor 944
62. Mack Brown, Texas 941
74. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State 936
80. Mike Sherman, Texas A&M 933
94. x-Turner Gill, Kansas 926
95. Bill Snyder, Kansas State 925
102. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State 919

Southeastern

11. Mark Richt, Georgia 972
19. Dan Mullen, Mississippi State 965
34. x-Nick Saban, Alabama 955
41. x-Les Miles, LSU 951
57. Kentucky's Joker Phillips 944
66. x-Bobby Petrino, Arkansas 940
68. x-Derek Dooley, Tennessee 939
71. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina 937
78. x-Gene Chizik, Auburn 934
(tie). x-Houston Nutt, Ole Miss 934
James Franklin, Vanderbilt n/a
Will Muschamp, Florida n/a

Pac-12

31. Kyle Whittingham, Utah 957
34. Jeff Tedford, California 955
45. Rick Neuheisel, UCLA 950
62. Chip Kelly, Oregon 941
66. Mike Riley, Oregon State 940
71. x-Paul Wulff, Washington State 937
82. Steve Sarkisian, Washington 932
92. x-Lane Kiffin, USC 927
95. x-Dennis Erickson, Arizona State 925
98. Mike Stoops, Arizona 924
Jon Embree, Colorado n/a
David Shaw, Stanford n/a

Independents

3. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy 981
23. x-Rich Ellerson, Army 963
80. x-Brian Kelly, Notre Dame 933
89. Bronco Mendenhall, BYU 928

Mountain West

6. Troy Calhoun, Air Force 979
9. Chris Petersen, Boise State 975
16. Gary Patterson, TCU 968
26. Mike Locksley, New Mexico 960
37. Steve Fairchild, Colorado State 954
71. x-Bobby Hauck, UNLV 937
83. Dave Christensen, Wyoming 931
89. x-Rocky Long, San Diego State 928

Western Athletic

34. Greg McMackin, Hawaii 955
48. Pat Hill, Fresno State 949
54. x-Gary Andersen, Utah State 945
(tie). Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech 945
70. Chris Ault, Nevada 938
86. Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State 930
92. DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State 927
95. Robb Akey, Idaho 925

Conference USA

12. Bob Toledo, Tulane 970
39. George O'Leary, UCF 953
45. x-David Bailiff, Rice 950
59. Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina 943
77. Doc Holliday, Marshall 935
88. Larry Fedora, Southern Miss 929
89. x-June Jones, SMU 928
99. Kevin Sumlin, Houston 923
100. Mike Price, UTEP 920
106. Neil Callaway, UAB 904
107. Larry Porter, Memphis 903
Bill Blakenship, Tulsa n/a

Mid-American

14. x-Dave Clawson, Bowling Green 969
24. Tim Beckman, Toledo 961
(tie). x-Pete Lembo, Ball State 961
51. Dan Enos, Central Michigan 946
(tie). Frank Solich, Ohio 946
62. Bill Cubit, Western Michigan 941
103. Ron English, Eastern Michigan 918
(tie). Jeff Quinn, Buffalo 918
108. Rob Ianello, Akron 900
Steve Addazio, Temple n/a
Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois n/a
Darrell Hazzell, Kent State n/a
Don Treadwell, Miami, Ohio n/a

Sun Belt

10. Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee 973
37. Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky 954
74. Mario Cristobal, Florida International 936
83. x-Dan McCarney, North Texas 931
86. Larry Blakeney, Troy 930
100. x-Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe 920
103. Howard Schnellenberger, Florida Atlantic 918
Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State n/a
Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette n/a

APR rankings by conference

1. ACC 961.7
2. Big Ten 959.4
3. Mountain West 954.0
4. SEC 947.1
5. Big East 942.9
6. MAC 940.0
7. WAC 939.3
8. Pac 12 938.8
9. Big 12 937.6
10. Sun Belt 937.4
11. C-USA 932.5

x-NCAA's APR data was from coach's current and/or previous schools between 2003-10
y-Stewart resigned from West Virginia on Friday
z-Tressel resigned from Ohio State on May 30
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Revived Pitt-Penn State series took about a week

The Pittsburgh-Penn State football rivalry began in 1893 and was actually televised on ESPN-BC (Before Corso). OK, so maybe the inaugural game wasn’t televised, but the schools played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92.

In the 1970s and 1980s it was one of the nation’s top games and frequently had national title implications.

There was a four-year break before the series resumed for four games from 1997-2000.

Then the series went into the deep freeze because Penn State didn’t exactly want the series to continue.

However, on Tuesday, the schools announced the series would continue – at least for two years – in 2016 and 2017. After nearly a 20-year hiatus the rivals will meet Sept. 10, 2016 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and then Sept. 16, 2017 at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

So how many years/decades were negotiations ongoing to revive the Penn State-Pitt series? Well actually it took a little more than a week for the series to get revived.

That’s right. According to Pittsburgh senior associate AD E.J. Borghetti, Penn State had an opening on its future schedule and approached Pittsburgh. Discussions between Pitt AD Steve Pederson and Penn State AD Tim Curley started the beginning of last week and voila’ an agreement was reached less than a week-and-a-half later.

Very, very impressive. Major kudos to Pederson and Curley - and Penn State for not seeking out, say, Utah State to fill out its future schedule.

Pittsburgh and Penn State playing again is terrific news for college football fans.

Now if we can just get figure out a way to revive the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry.

Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:05 am
 

Hey Tom: You will be missed

TAMPA, Fla. – This blog usually deals with issues, news or a multitude of other items about college football or basketball. Today, sadly, it does not.

Instead it’s my opportunity to publicly thank Tom McEwen. For those not familiar with the Tampa Bay sports scene, you might not have heard of or ever dealt with McEwen, the former sports editor of The Tampa Tribune. Believe me, that was your loss.

Tom McEwen died Sunday morning. He was 88.

What Tom did for Tampa as a city never can be fully appreciated. Quite simply: If not for Tom, Tampa would have never been awarded an NFL franchise (and then most likely Tampa Bay would have also been bypassed by Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League if the Bucs weren’t here). Not only do the Bucs owe Tom for their existence, but so do the Rays and Lightning. Tom also was instrumental in Tampa getting three Super Bowls.

Without Tom, Tampa would be Orlando – without the NBA franchise and the traffic.

Lee Roy Selmon is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame because he was one of the most dominating defensive linemen of his era. But it’s no secret Selmon is in the Hall of Fame because Tom made it a priority to get Selmon in the Hall of Fame. Selmon deserved to be in it, but without Tom's impassioned speech to the Hall of Fame voters, Selmon may never have received the necessary votes to get in.

That’s one thing I learned while I had the privilege to work for Tom at the Tribune: When Tom wanted something to get done, it did.

The best thing about Tom is he was always there for you. He was arguably one of the most powerful, influential individuals in the sports world yet he treated every one he knew the same. He never big-timed anyone and was always willing to help however possible.

Several of my former co-workers at the Tribune would joke that whenever we covered an event  -- no matter where in the world it was -- when you mentioned you were from Tampa, the first response most of the time was: “Do you know Tom McEwen? How is my buddy Tom doing?”

Joey Johnston, who wrote this wonderful piece on Tom, was on the West Coast several years ago. He had gone through all the proper channels/PR types to set up an interview with Al Davis, but was denied each time. Johnston, though, happened to run into Davis at the Raiders’ facility and mentioned he worked with Tom. Al Davis immediately welcomed Johnston into his office and gave him all the time he needed. The power of Tom.

That is only one example of what made Tom so special. The man who was best friends with George Steinbrenner; who former Bucs coach John McKay once called “A--hole,” to which McEwen replied “That’s Mr. A--hole;” who won the Red Smith Award and was a record 19-time Florida Sportswriter of the Year but was never too big to help out the little guy. I mean how many other big city sports editors had their home numbers listed in the phone book?

Even Steve Spurrier said he owed his coaching career to McEwen

He was always great with a quip. He gave me this gem for my New York Times story in February on Derek Jeter’s monstrous 30,875-square-foot Tampa home, located a mile south of McEwen on Hillsborough Bay.

“I just think [Jeter’s home] is wonderful,” McEwen said. “I haven’t heard any complaints about it. My view is just as good as Jeter’s — there’s just not as much of it.”

When I joined CBSSports.com a couple of weeks ago, Tom and his wife, Linda, were among the first to send me an email congratulating me on my new job. Battling cancer, Tom’s health had been deteriorating the past few years. Last year a group of the Tribune’s former and current sports writers met at his Davis Islands home. We had lunch, talked about old times, traded old stories and laughed. Boy, did we laugh.

It was our small way to show our appreciation for Tom and what he’s meant to us. So “Hey Tom,” thanks for everything. This short piece doesn’t do justice for what you meant to Tampa or to me. I would not be where I am today if not for Tom -- so you have him to thank or blame for that.

Several years ago, Tampa named a street next to Raymond James Stadium “Tom McEwen Boulevard.”

Perhaps in his honor for one day they should call the city Tompa because it really does owe him that much. Come to think of it, those of us that were fortunate enough to work with also him owe him so much.

Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:57 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Spurrier wants players to receive $300 a game

DESTIN, Fla. – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he was battling laryngitis so he had to speak softly. His message, though, was loud and clear: football players should receive financial compensation.

At Wednesday’s SEC spring meetings, Spurrier presented a proposal that league coaches – out of their own pockets – provide $300 a game to its players. The money would be for game expenses.

“They can give to their parents for travel, lodging, meals,” Spurrier said. “Maybe they could take their girlfriends out Saturday night and so forth.”

Spurrier said six other coaches signed his proposal: Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida’s Will Muschamp, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, LSU’s Les Miles and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.

“A bunch of us coaches felt so strongly about it we would be willing to pay 70 guys 300 bucks a game,” Spurrier said. “That’s only $21,000 a game. I doubt it will get passed, but as the coaches in the SEC we make all the money as do the universities with television [deals]. And we need to give more to our players. That was something we need to get out there.”

The five coaches who didn’t sign Spurrier’s proposal: Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Auburn’s Gene Chizik, Georgia’s Mark Richt, Kentucky’s Joker Phillips and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

"I told the other coaches Im going to tell the media what coaches wouldn't sign," Spurrier said.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it was doubtful Spurrier’s proposal could ever get passed.

"I don't think [it would pass],” Slive said. “It was a gesture by Steve, thinking about student athlete welfare.”

Spurrier said he’s felt this way for years, especially how much money is made in college athletics by the universities and coaches.

“I just wish there was a way to give our players a little bit piece of the pie,” Spurrier said. “It’s so huge right now. As you know 50 years ago there was not any kind of money and the players got full scholarships. Now they’re still getting full scholarships and the money in the millions.

“I don’t know how to get it done. Hopefully there’s a way to get our guys that play football, a little piece of the pie. The coaches make so much, we ‘d be willing to pay it so there’s no additional expense to the university or anybody.”

Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Tressel "caught holding smoking gun in his hand"

Former Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel told Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio that the situation concerning the Buckeyes’ football program is embarrassing and disgusting.

“Coach [Jim] Tressel has to look in the mirror,” Krenzel said. “He has to hang his hat on it. Our football coach got caught holding a smoking gun in his hand.”

Speaking on Todd Wright Tonight, Krenzel told Wright his immediate reaction when Tressel announced his resignation Monday “was surprise, but I wouldn’t say it was shock.”

“The person I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with was not the man that people see right now.”

Krenzel, the last quarterback to lead the Buckeyes to a national title in 2002, said after reading the various reports about the allegations surrounding the program showed Tressel in a different light.

“He was obviously flawed,” Krenzel said. “Maybe he wasn’t as good or perfect, especially that Buckeyes fans wanted him to be or pictured him to be.”

Krenzel said he didn’t think Ohio State fans were necessarily angry at Tressel or quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

“I think it’s more disgusted,” Krenzel said. “People are disgusted, disappointed. Frankly we’re embarrassed by it more than anything.”

Krenzel said the current players deserve blame for what has happened.

“It’s a different generation,” Krenzel said. “What was a great opportunity at Ohio State … that’s all been forgotten. In my opinion, it’s turned into coming in as a freshman [and thinking] ‘what can I get?’ It’s disappointing to see all around the country, not just Ohio State, what college football is turning into.

“Guys come in with this sense of entitlement and a screwed up set of priorities. Part of the blame is on them.”

Krenzel said he doesn’t believe any more allegations will surface at Ohio State, but that doesn’t make the future outlook any better.

“I do think it is going to get worse,” Krenzel said. “This situation is ugly and it’s going to get uglier.”

Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Slive says back end of SEC deal tops Pac-12 deal

DESTIN, Fla. – With the Big 12 and Pac-12 recently signing monster media rights deals, is it possible that CBS/ESPN got a bargain in its media rights deal with the SEC that began in 2009?

SEC commissioner Mike Slive doesn’t think so. 

“Do I think they got a bargain?” Slive said. “I think we have secured the financial future of our institutions for a very long period of time and coupled with the incredible distribution that we have, when you think about for our ESPN deal [that] they have to televise 365 events a year, a lot of our thinking not only was revenue importance to us, but distribution was equally important.”

The SEC’s 15-year deal has been reported worth an average of $17.1 million per school annually. The Pac-12’s new 12-year deal was reported at $21 million per school annually, with an escalator clause with early payments less than $21 million per school but later payments exceeding $21 million per school.

CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd also reported last week the Pac-12’s media rights deal could bring the league an additional $1 billion in a seven-to-10 year period.

Slive was somewhat offended when asked if his league sacrificed money for the large distribution.   

“We didn’t sacrifice anything,” Slive said. “We didn’t sacrifice a thing. If you want to do some math you might want to compare the last 12 years of our agreement and the first 12 years of the Pac-10. I think you would be very surprised how things line up."

“But," he added, "I’m not going to give you the numbers.”

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