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  1. 6 points
    I can't remember a year when we've had this many interesting story lines going into a season. -Son of an NFL QB might be our starting QB -Hanks coming back from injury -Former starting QB and Punter might be starting at LB -Former basketball player as a Tight End. -Click still banned by Gattuso on Twitter.
  2. 5 points
    Siena's AD opined that the game should be at the TUC because it is a community game and that the TUC would allow more fans to see the game. This rationale or explanation would be furthered if the schools played the game twice in one season (once at the TUC and once at SEFCU) or if the game were played once a year with the game being treated as a neutral game for Siena and not in either schools' season-ticket package. Indeed, were the game treated as a neutral game, even more community members would have access to seats because it would not be included in Siena's season ticket package. What Siena's AD is really saying is that this is a community game for Siena season ticket holders. The position taken by the Siena athletic director is offensive, one-sided, and selfish. I want nothing to do with their basketball program or school. Benson has represented our interests well, but I am not so sure Siena's AD has done the same for his school.
  3. 4 points
    without knowing any of the details of the negotiations, a big pat on the back to Mark for his willingness to pass on this game/contract until an equitable offer is on the table ... during our early years of DI athletics this game mattered a whole lot more to UA than lcc, the table has turned ... "50-50 or walk" - the UA fan base and now administration have spoken
  4. 3 points
    Spoke to someone in the athletic dep this morning... Asked what the reaction has been. Said overwhelmingly positive with people understanding and supporting the stance the school took.
  5. 3 points
    no blame on our side! ... proud that our Athletic Director dug in/stood his ground ... those who criticize Mark and UAlbany can 'go pound salt' ... unfortunately, UA played lap dog for way too many years in these contracts ... lcc faithful (including a few Albany Co. politicos) felt empowered, and now the withdrawal is a bit painful/awkward for them
  6. 3 points
    The problem Benson had was that he essentially inherited this scheduling problem. The precedent of the Albany Cup game being held at the TUC was set long before he got here so he's going to look like the bad guy for not going along with what's been done in the past. I don't think he had a lot of great choices.
  7. 2 points
    This year's game isn't happening. Time to move on. $iena only cared about the $ and didn't care about the community. I already showed how the best solution for the community was home and home. Their AD wanted to save his job by not appearing to give in to the crosstown team. He stared UA down and ended up losing a money maker for his school. Good riddance. No reason to discuss that low-major program any longer. Let's move on to the games and team we have.
  8. 2 points
    We havent played them in lacrosse either for a few seasons. That turned out ok especially this past season. 😋 As far as the LCC 90 year olds (which I presume is the minimum age to qualify as older LCC alumni) being upset, who cares. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Apparently they are also upset with losing 8 in a row to Vermont as they are no longer on the LCC schedule. Maybe they can face some d2 teams. Just not lemoyne again
  9. 2 points
    Had 2 receptions and looked like he belonged. Had a nice 20 yard reception from Chad Kelly, solid little run after the receipt.
  10. 2 points
    I think most of us here support UA women's sports. I know that personally I had never watched any women's sports until this website. I had, however, watched many girls' field hockey games at the school where I taught. When you compare this forum's interest in women's sports, I think you will find it much higher than at other schools. May I bring up LCC's forum as an example. I think the great majority of us here support the UA woman in successful sports, and I often bring up the caliber of our women in the classroom to non UA people.
  11. 2 points
    I heard negotiations broke down when Benson demanded the name be changed to the UAlbany Cup....probably fake news. ;-) Very pleased LCC does not get their way. Way to go MB!
  12. 2 points
    My message above really should be what Benson shares with the media. In years that Siena gets the game they gain 4k in attendance In years that UA gets the game they gain 2k in attendance. Over a 2 year period that's only an average of 1000 extra tickets sold per year with it downtown both times vs. home and home at the expense of the uptown economy, future growth of UA athletics, it's sponsors, and fairness in basketball. The community solution is actually home and home, not pandering to the LCC community. Want to win the media war? Go on offense.
  13. 2 points
    UAlbany alumni mostly leave the capital district when they graduate and travel the world. Most came from downstate and head back there when they are done. LCC historically has had more local kids and a large majority of those stayed in the area. With the cost of Siena, those kids were also from more "well-off" or "advantaged" families. Because of these factors, this area has a much higher percentage of alumni in leadership positions in the local business community being $iena alum. These are the donors and long time fans. These are the people that want the game downtown to add value to their advertising dollars spent in the TUC. They don't care about fairness from a basketball perspective. The game at TUC every year is better for the city and downtown. It is not at all better for uptown, UA, or their interests. The question then comes to where your loyalty lies, and what is actually better for everyone: the game, LCC, or the community. A. Do you want an event that brings 10k people downtown once a year, every year (4-5k more than when Siena brings a different low-mid major opponent in) adding value to the downtown businesses along with the $iena donors and sponsors. or B. Do you want to do that every other year, and during the other year bring an extra 2000 people to the SUNY campus (over bringing in a different low/mid major opponent) helping uptown business and adding value to the UAlbany sponsors and donors. or C. End the series In my mind, choice B is actually the best for the "community". It really only adds 2000 extra people to the paid attendance with choice A., while ignoring uptown businesses and the UA sponsor companies. The game at SEFCU also advertises the football and LAX programs and could entice LCC corporate sponsors to invest in advertising at Casey Stadium and SEFCU, improving the value of those events for the community. It also fixes the equity problem for the actual basketball teams. Choice C., is obviously the worst option for the "community" but if it forces the move to choice B then it is a great short term solution for the long term best overall "community" solution. As far as the "public relations" war, I don't see it. The only public relations war I see losing is potentially in the Times Useless, but remember where that paper wants the game to be played. (Hint: it's in the arena that has their name on it)
  14. 2 points
    Thank you Mr. Benson. Screw Siena.
  15. 2 points
    The Albany Cup will not occur for the foreseeable future. Based on news reports, JD drew a line in the sand which gave Mark no choice to walk away. All or nothing, shows total disregard to the UAlbany basketball community.
  16. 2 points
    I'm on with schedule with a team of almost no proven players... If there was ever a year to go soft this is it.
  17. 2 points
    So proud of our AD and Department today. This is a great day to be a great Dane. 50/50 or walk and we did Benson well done.
  18. 1 point
    With the team being mostly new this year they are working on introducing everyone... https://twitter.com/UAlbanySports/status/1028989715930742786?s=19
  19. 1 point
    So you are saying, improved D and quality goal keeping negates an elite face-off man? The reverse of this, an outstanding offense (and excellent face-offs the past two years) have been a UA trademark for years; covering up not so good D. While I AGREE, under the shot clock UA must strengthen its defensive play; I still do not see how the shot clock lessons the importance of a quality/elite face-off person.
  20. 1 point
    You have to PAY for an online subscription for the TU - Not a chance for me.
  21. 1 point
    Mazon reminds me of Nikita Whitlock. He played for the Giants a couple of years as a FB/DT. 5-10, 250. He played nose tackle at Wake Forest. Great spin move. He was able to get under all of these big linemen. It'll be fun to see Mazon play.
  22. 1 point
    If LCC wants to play us every year, it can join the America East.
  23. 1 point
    Shot clock going into effect next year. Definitely plays into the strength of how the Danes play, but going to need two new LSM's who can push and the third close will have to have great stick skills as well. With only 20 secs to clear going to need great clearing and poles with great stick skills and the ability to get the ball upfield.
  24. 1 point
    $iena ain’t worth even 5% of the effort it would take to continue this game. Adios Aints!
  25. 1 point
    As for why no money games... Belfast apparently paying 6 figures... That's why no second money game to providence.
  26. 1 point
    UA WINS. There is no down side to dumping LCD; other than I would have preferred a money game or two. Bensen did his job. He works for UA not the Albany chamber of commerce. As for alumni in the area; UA has something like 140000 over all & plenty live in the area; and MANY in the area & out are pretty PROUD today.
  27. 1 point
    How about choice D. Play a home and home (two games) each year? Solves all problems in my view, and there is zero downside.
  28. 1 point
    Hey. Last 8 years we were just preparing them for Marist who beat up on LCC over 20 in a row at one stretch 🤣
  29. 1 point
    This game is an abomination with Albany year after year kicking the crap out of Siena... It's like discontinuing beating up on a d3 team. Siena coach I'm sure crying tears of happiness...
  30. 1 point
    They will get over... This is the right move long term. Everyone knows it... As for losing pr war... I don't see it.
  31. 1 point
    I'd love a local game against St. Rose or HVCC. It's only been about their fan base. Always. Hah, I meant in general. Might be their first time here. But it seems like we play the following teams year in, year out...whether on the road or away. EDIT: I went back to my handy spreadsheet... (since going D1 including this years schedule with the majority of these being since 2010) Oneonta - 4x Dartmouth - 10x Holy Cross - 6x Canisius - 5x Monmouth - 5x Yale - 10x Iona - 4x Less concerned with Iona & Yale as they are actually usually pretty good teams lately which helps our SOS. At least we stopped playing Cornell and Colgate lol. Cornell - 7x Colgate - 13x
  32. 1 point
    Perhaps someone can pull out th Albany Cup from the T - U Center and give the soccer teams something to play for. The match is Wednesday 8-15-18 @ 700. PM.
  33. 1 point
    Maybe that would work if Benson had any sort of relationship with some of those CAA schools ADs or something. OH WAIT.
  34. 1 point
    They really did a good job on that 🤷🏻‍♂️
  35. 1 point
    Instead of scheduling D3 Oneonta every year, why not schedule a local lower level team if there has to be a down game? Plenty of closer teams to schedule that could sell tickets. St. Rose. RPI. Union. Skidmore. Hell, give HVCC a game. Any of those would sell more tickets than Oneonta if we have to have a non-D1 opponent.
  36. 1 point
    That's why is said #SEFCU19
  37. 1 point
    Siena loses a bunch of money by losing this game. Their sponsors want it at the TUC so they get more exposure for their dollar. Siena gains a schedule spot to try and get a team they can beat UA loses an easy win. UA gains the opportunity to raise it's SOS, and the respect of its fan base. Too bad we didn't take advantage and gain a better opponent on the schedule. #SEFCU19 or please another year with no series. LCC will be begging for it to return within a few seasons.
  38. 1 point
    All I heard at the end of last season was that we don’t offer COLA, we don’t have money like SBU etc. If there was ever a time to go fill the sched with 3-4 buy games this would be the year. So when we have proven players we can’t seem to get games. When we have no proven players we go with this. Where’s the medium?
  39. 1 point
    Everyone’s getting let down!
  40. 1 point
    When we’re good, we hear we can’t schedule up games. When we’re bad, we schedule crap teams so our confidence doesn’t get hurt. We might as well just join the macc with that schedule.
  41. 1 point
    TU -"Siena, UAlbany: No Albany Cup Game This Season" https://m.timesunion.com/sports/article/Siena-UAlbany-release-non-conference-schedules-13144257.php
  42. 1 point
    5 home, 7 away, 2 neutral (in Ireland) (I don't count Oneonta - I get why we play it, but it shouldn't count as a home game) Biggest complaint is Oneonta being the season opener. It is nice to start the year with a big crowd. I skip the Oneonta game each year, opting to give those tickets away to friends (I'm trying to do my part to sell more season tickets and I like to let people watch the game from my seats). I would be surprised if there are 2000 people at that game. As far as the no P5 games, and what looks like a weak SOS - Providence will be a good test, and frankly with the team being so new and young and inexperienced, an easier schedule is a good thing.
  43. 1 point
    More Breaking: According to a source, the UAlbany-Siena Albany Cup game will take at least a one year hiatus. The Great Danes' non-conference schedule is complete and the Saints are not on it. Discussion on where game is played has been a hurdle in the past. @WNYT
  44. 1 point
    Some interesting offers the last few days. One is out to Trey Hutcheson from Iowa. A 6'6 SF who has offers from Furman, Air Fore and North Dakota. Also, Sam Baker a juco guard from Northwest Florida State. He originally went DII before going to Juco where he has offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Iona, Central Michigan and a bunch of others. 6'8 PF Isaiah Jones has a similar story. Went to DII out of high school and is now going Juco at Connors State..
  45. 1 point
    David was on UA campus. Was good to see David Nichols today. He stopped in to camp. We had a real good chat. He seems to be doing well!-CB on twitter Also posted a video Knotts posted on Instagram.
  46. 1 point
    Agree. A good ruling. Obviously not the 9th Circuit clown court.
  47. 1 point
    I think for the benefit of UA and the credibility of future accusations the legal system has to take false charges seriously.
  48. 0 points
    This certainly mitigates the loss of TD as FOGO significance just lessened.
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