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Pup wrote:I was in Kentucky last week and talking to some pretty big time UK fans who said Tubby is going to get shit canned, and the big talk was that they were going to do everything they could to lure Thad Matta. The belief is with tOSU being a football school, Matta would be happier being the BMOC at a hoops school.That would suck!
by Mr. MacPhisto » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:39 am
by consigliere » Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:55 am
Matta free to talk with Wildcats JASON LLOYD, Morning Journal Writer03/24/2007SAN ANTONIO -- If Kentucky is interested, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said yesterday he will grant permission for the school to speak with Thad Matta about replacing Tubby Smith as the Wildcats' next head coach. But Smith believes the Ohio State job is better. Asked directly yesterday if he would talk to UK officials should they inquire, Matta said no.''That thought has honestly never crossed my mind,'' Matta said. ''I haven't had time, to be honest. But, no.''Matta gave a similar denial while at Xavier, when he insisted he was not a candidate for the Ohio State job even though he had already interviewed for it. Days later, he accepted it. But Matta is under contract at Ohio State for nine more seasons in a deal guaranteed to pay him $18.6 million. With a base salary of $1.8 million, Smith said he's among the top 10 highest paid coaches in the country and second in the Big Ten behind Michigan State's Tom Izzo, who has won a national championship.''I think our job is a better job than the Kentucky job because of what Thad and his staff have done,'' Smith said. ''I know everyone will talk about the rich Kentucky basketball tradition, but I still think ours is a better job.''A clause was inserted in Matta's contract last year that gives him 30 days following the Big Ten tournament to discuss other coaching vacancies around the country. He is currently in that window.''I think the great thing that I've enjoyed is I love the path we're on to what we set out to do at Ohio State when we came here, and that was to build a championship-caliber basketball team,'' Matta said. ''In three years, we won two Big Ten championships, we've been the 2 seed and 1 seed in this tournament. I love where we are in regards to recruiting.''Florida coach Billy Donovan is expected to be Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart's first choice. But if Donovan decides to stay with the Gators, the field becomes wide open and Matta certainly could be an appealing candidate.''When you look at how our fans responded this past season, almost all of our games were sold out, all of our Big Ten games were sold out and the fans showed up,'' Smith said. ''Our atmosphere continued to get better in (Value City Arena). We have the ability to do the things that are necessary to ensure he has what he needs to be successful.''
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by furls » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:09 am
We have the ability to do the things that are necessary to ensure he has what he needs to be successful.
by Mr. MacPhisto » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:40 am
Furls wrote:We have the ability to do the things that are necessary to ensure he has what he needs to be successful.$$ Ohio State has it, moreso than ANY other team in the country. I would expect to see Ohio State dwarf any other offer. THink about it, Indiana could not lure the Indiana boy out to that job (with a history that rivals Kentucky's), I am not sure that Kentucky could do the same.I would expect Matta to use the UK opening as negotiating leverage, but I would be surprised to see him go. Look at the Ohio State job. Ohio State is a football first school, but that does not preclude Matta from getting the best recruits in the country. Additionally, he has the added benefit of not having the Kentucky expectations. There is really no instate competition at OSU, while UK is probably the second best job in Kentucky right now and has to compete with RIck Pitino for recruits. Sweet 16 berths in Kentucky bring out the lynch mob, sweet 16 berths at Ohio State bring out the ticker tape parades. That is a fact. SO while some might think that Kentucky is "a bigger stage," I would argue that none of the "great stages" are what they used to be because of the parity in college hoops. THe expecations at Duke, UNC, and Kentucky are as high as they used to be, but the competition is much better. Sounds like a pretty rough job to me.
by furls » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:54 pm
The athletic department operates like a big times business in Columbus. Ohio State’s enrollment stands at 52,000 the largest in the United States. According to a report in Friday’s USA Today, the school became the first with a nine-figure athletics budget last year, spending $101.8 million, according to filings with the NCAA and the federal government.Playing in a stadium that seats more than 102,000 (an average ticket price of $56) the football program generated a profit of more than $28 million last year – Tressel’s football team is why Ohio State can afford to offer 36 men’s and women’s varsity sports, again more than any other Division I athletic program. That's 16 more than the average in NCAA Division I-A.According to the USA Today report, Ohio State's $104.7 million in athletics revenue a year ago also ranked first. The athletic program as a whole turned a $2.9 million profit, its fiscal filings show, and is self-supporting. Ohio State football generated $60.8 million last year, finishing $28.5 million in the black, according to its NCAA and federal filings. Men's basketball (currently a strong favorite to make it to the Final Four) was the only other money-maker, finishing a 26-win, Big Ten Conference championship season $7.6 million in the black. Those two sports finance Ohio State's 34 others. And "as the football team goes," Ohio State AD Gene Smith told the USA Today, "the whole thing goes."
The Jerome Schottenstein Center is the largest arena in the Big Ten - seating up to 17,500 for hockey, 19,500 for basketball and up to 21,000 for concerts. With no major public funding committed to the project, private support, contributions from alumni and friends - was a critical element in the Jerome Schottenstein Center's funding. Named as the result of a generous $12.5 million lead gift, the Center pays tribute to Jerome Schottenstein, late Columbus businessman, philanthropist and founder of Schottenstein Stores Corp. Additional building "partners" in the truest sense of the phrase include Huntington Banks, after which the venue's luxurious 2nd level The Huntington Club is named - the result of a $5 million gift; The Kroger Company which pledged $2.5 million to help create The Ohio State University Hall of Fame; and Nationwide Insurance, which contributed $1.5 million towards the venue's extraordinary terrazzo floorscapes. Over $40 million was raised through naming gifts and private donations from loyal Buckeye supporters. Almost half came from the sale of 4500 personal seat licenses and leases for the Center's 52 luxury boxes. Remaining costs were covered by bonds. Although the University did receive $15 million from the state legislature for an initial design study, no tuition money, student fees or University General Funds were used for the building.
by disappointmentzone » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:58 pm
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by Mr. MacPhisto » Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:57 pm
According to filings college athletic departments make with the U.S. Department of Education, Ohio State is only the seventh most profitable team to go to a bowl this year, with revenue in the football program exceeding expenses by $28.5 million during the 2005-06 school year. Meanwhile Florida is No. 5, with an operating profit of $32.4 million.
But Ohio State spends far more on its football program than any other school - $32.3 million, according to last year's figures. That's 55 percent above the next-biggest spender among this year's bowl participants, the University of Iowa.So Ohio State's profit margin is therefore modest by standards of big-time college football (although I'm guessing most corporate CEOs would send their grandmother out to face a blitzing defense without pads or helmets if it meant if they could achieve these kinds of operating margins).
by leadpipe » Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:59 pm
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