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  1. Not the first SUNY, either. UB first received AP and USA Today votes in 05'-06.
  2. It's not a nuclear option for college football, as much as some FCS posters hope it is. It's merely the proposed structure of governance. When you skim the draft document the FBS and FCS conferences are mentioned, as well as the proposed change in voting structure where the 'Big 5', non-BCS AQ leagues, and the rest of D-1 remain...the same separate weight of voting that existed last season: http://www.cbssports...oard-agenda.pdf Dennis Dodd's piece explains the proposals much more clearly, with nothing there about a dreamed-up FBS split: http://www.cbssports...hange-this-week "Permissive" is a key code word here. NCAA officials have chosen it instead of "optional." If Idaho can't afford the full cost of attendance, then that's fine. A lot of this legislation will be optional. The thinking being, that if Idaho (just an example) can't afford a $6,000 cost of attendance bump like Ohio State, that's OK. That doesn't affect how they compete on the field. This is exactly how the leaders of the former non-AQ leagues, members of the BCS who know more about FBS changes than a hack like Doug Fullerton, saw things unraveling last fall: http://www.nytimes.c...plit.html?_r=2 How about we look at past proposals to change governance, such as who voted for and against the 2011 proposals for the $2000 stipend and enacting multiyear grant-in-aid for student athletes. Only 2 MAC schools voted against the stipend. Rutgers and Wake Forest were the only AQ schools. Buffalo and Stony Brook voted for both changes, while BU and UAlbany were among the 109 who tipped the scales to override the stipend, and against the second proposal: http://www.bgsfirm.c...k_overrides.pdf
  3. Conference Talk

    Superior football exposure, for one. Even with weekday MAC games and all the 'toilet bowls' the AGS crowd loves to disparage, the MAC packages blow away FCS: http://www.sportsbus...FB-Ratings.aspx *NBCSN, which now has a package of CAA and Ivy League games, averaged 62,000 viewers this season, down 39% from last year, when the net still had Mountain West Conference games. NBCSN’s average has dropped sharply in recent years as it has now renewed rights to the Pac-12 and Big 12 as well. *Mid-American Conference telecasts on ESPN2 this season, which typically air late in the season, averaged 927,000 viewers, marking the best “MACtion” figure since ’09. The 927,000 viewers mark also is up 22% from last year. Northern Illinois fueled many of the telecasts as the school attempted another run at an undefeated season. The Bowling Green-NIU MAC Championship on Dec. 6 drew 1.9 million viewers, marking the best figure for that game on record. For the season, UB's 5 nationally televeised games averaged nearly as many viewers as Rutgers: http://www.goodbullh...eason-final-sec Then, comparing UB's bowl game rating and viewership estimate vs FCS semi's/final, D-2 Final, D-3 Final Sat Dec 21 Potato Bowl UB/SDSU 1.4HH 2062K Sat Jan 4 NDSU/Tow .8HH 1243k Sat Dec 21 D-2 Final .6HH 870k Fri Dec 20 NDSU/UNH .5HH 813K Sat Dec 21 Tow/EWU .3HH 409K Fri Dec 20 D-3 Final .3HH 473k And viewership superlatives from UB's 2008 MAC title season: (Jan 2009) The Ball State football team’s game vs. Buffalo in the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship Game received a 1.7 rating on ESPN2, which set a league record for the most viewers to ever watch a game involving two MAC teams on the ESPN family of networks [Now 2nd to the 2013 MAC title game] The Bulls appearance in the International Bowl against Connecticut saw a huge ratings swing from 2008 to 2009. This year's game got a national rating of 2.12 (or just over two million homes) up 33% from last year's number of 1.59 between Rutgers and Ball State. Locally [buffalo market], the game got a high 18.2 rating (70,400) [16.4 average] in cable households according to Time-Warner statistics. It was the most watched cable show in four years, higher even than the Buffalo Bills Monday Night broadcasts on ESPN in 2007 and 2008. Buffalo's 10,500 tickets sold for the International Bowl ranked it second among all non-BCS programs in terms of tickets sold for bowl games. Only Navy, which sold 16,200 tickets to its game in Washington, DC (the Eagle Bank Bowl), sold more than Buffalo among non-BCS schools. Among schools that Buffalo outdrew at the ticket window were Arizona, North Carolina State, Kansas and Wake Forest. As great as the Ford story was for Albany, the national media just won't pick up on an FCS story like an FBS bowl team's story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXuX1GsQ-ZQ And Buffalo will receive a head start on great MAC ratings when we host Baylor on ESPN on Sept 12. Home loss, highly likely. But a top 10 team at home can't be beat.
  4. Conference Talk

    On budgets, UB's was around $8M overall and MBB was under $800K when we were invited. But In those days it was competitive among MAC budgets. That was up from just a $2M overall budget when UB re-joined D-1. The MAC was on an expansion spree to start football divisions and a title game in '97. UB was announced as a MAC member in spring 1996 (only 5 years after leaving D2) when NIU and Marshall were also announced. UB joined in '98 for all but football, with a waiver requiring stadium expansion to 30K and adding baseball and softball by '99. That was remarkable for the MAC and NCAA. Why did they bend over backwards for UB? Other than gaining funding for UB Stadium in the early 90's for the University Games, SUNY and NYS didn't help UB enter the MAC. Pataki's administration was cutting SUNY funding and students were protesting at that time. The keys were: - Though athletics didn't have leaders experienced in 1A football, UB had the right relationships and some good fortune. The MAC commish back then was once a UB FB assistant, a former NIU head coach, and was the Mid-Con commish when UB was a member. The 4th paragraph in this story from a former Mid-Con official sums it up well: http://www.theseniorreports.com/lemons.htm - UB had decades of Major College/D-1 history that included playing MAC teams in football ('62-'70). We played most sports D-1 in the 70's. And even after the SUNY scholarship ban in '77 UB played a few sports at the D-1 level into the '80's, mainly baseball and hockey. Both sports were dropped in '88 when the ban was lifted and UB announced the 'Run to D-1'. So we were no stranger to MAC teams -UB was invited by unanamous vote among MAC presidents. Commihs Ippoliti praised UB as "bringing a lot to the league," which traditionally has been viewed as an Ohio conference. "We need to expand our perimeters" and UB, he said, will provide the MAC "with a major media market and a national identity that we've never had before."
  5. Nano College

    You can see how it is developing into a CNSE system, within the SUNY system. Not branch campuses but 'branch collaboration': http://www.sunycnse.com/WorldClassResources/CNSEStatewideFacilities.aspx And a 3rd CNSE connection to Buffalo announced this week with a deal involving IBM and UB: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/02242014-new-it-jobs-buffalo You can bet CNSE would be pleased if people viewed it as flagship of its own successful system.
  6. Unequal SUNY Center Funding

    It's said many times that Buffalo has the sunniest and driest summers of any major Northeastern city. It's an effect of lake breezes keeping the metro area's skies more cloud-free, and the local climate more moderate than other places. Miami, Honolulu...and Buffalo, are the only major US cities to never reach 100o.UB's Solar Strand was funded by the Power Authority, not state leaders, since there is such a great windfall from the Niagara Power Project each year. It's a minor project. The big local project is the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub. As you can see, Dr Kaloyeros and Nano have a big hand in bringing this. So he is definitely digging himself a deeper hole with some UA backers...if that's even possible: https://www.governor...complex-buffalo http://buffalorising...riverbend-site/ Is much of this Cuomo looking to win over a local electorate who showed more support for local boy Carl Paladino? You bet. He's traveled to WNY more than most governors, and there's talk that if Lt Gov Duffy is replaced, Buffalo Mayor Brown would be the front runner to replace him. And you can bet he'll try to win over more LI voters too, with his property tax reform ideas and likely extras to SBU. But it's not completely throwing money at nothing. Buffalo is a poor city but the overall metro saw higher private-sector jobs (7400) from the prior year than other Upstate Metros. And Erie County saw an estimated population increase in the last 2 years. Buffalo has key resources to drive this Genome project (UB's existing life sciences, our super computer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute) and it supports the Downstate institutions who are part of the Genome consortium....including SBU: http://www.nygenome....ce-in-new-york/
  7. Do I have this right?

    I had no idea why a mediocre school in SUNYIT would gain a major NANO presense. But now it looks like the consortium between NANO and others in a statewide effort is becoming clear. This will be in addition to billions of private and public developments already ongoing in Buffalo and Rochester: http://blog.timesuni...-buffalo/57642/ http://www.buffalone...region-20131024
  8. Don't forget SNY has their own deals with Rutgers and UConn. That same evening UConn hosts Maryland at 7:30. For now that game is only listed as being on ESPN3 which means it will be televised by someone eventually. Best to keep an eye on http://mattsarzsports.com/ and see how it progresses. For now he doesn't list SNY for the game. From my memory, I don't recall ever seeing an FCS-FCS game on SNY.... though that might change with the collapse of the BE Network games they used to show.
  9. Nanocollege to split from UAlbany ?

    Staller may been the strongest voice for anti-split (amazing since he's an SBU [oops trustee] too) but the last paragraph has him slamming the situation brought about through President Jones' letter (then again, he's an SBU trustee): http://online.wsj.co...cleTabs=article Trustee Cary Staller noted the internal SUNY report used to support the separation contained errors, including overstating the college board scores of students at the nanoscience center and understating the scores of students at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other top schools. Stanford and MIT "have spun off a lot more economic activity," contrary to the comparison in the report, Staller said. He also said the compensation sought by the University at Albany president in a private letter provided to trustees Monday night "is really quite damning" and could require using resources intended for other campuses
  10. Nanocollege to split from UAlbany ?

    The Buffalo News's Albany Bureau reporter, who mostly sticks to capital stories, ran a glowing piece on Kaloyeros: Can Buffalo find a guy like Alain Kaloyeros?: Part scientist, part salesman, Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – is exactly the kind of leader SUNY schools need. http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130629/CITYANDREGION/130629063/1002 ALBANY – Nearly 40 years ago, a young Alain Kaloyeros served alongside Christian militia forces fighting against Hezbollah troops in northern Lebanon. If you talk to him today, he will show you the scars on his arms from one of the battles. Now, far from those street battles in and around Beirut, Kaloyeros serves on a very different cutthroat battlefield, where scientists at the nation’s leading universities compete to develop cutting-edge technology that will transform lives – and make money. So far, Kaloyeros, the chief executive officer at the State University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, is winning that battle spectacularly. Over 20 years, he has – single-handedly, some say – transformed the nanoscience school dubbed CNSE into a multibillion dollar empire with more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, professors and students, as well as a growing national reputation. “He is a visionary,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said of Kaloyeros recently. “He sees big ideas. He also gets them done and gets them done extraordinarily well. He has been a real gift to this state.” Unknown to most New Yorkers, Kaloyeros is seen as a template for the kind of person that college presidents need to find and then unleash to attract companies to their centers of learning – which is just what Cuomo wants to see happen at the University at Buffalo and other State University of New York campuses all across the state. Cuomo and the State Legislature recently agreed on a plan that will establish tax-free zones for companies that locate on or near college campuses. The governor believes dangling a gift of no state taxation for 10 years will lure companies from all over the nation to unused lands at college campuses.But for the idea to work, it’s going to take far more than just another corporate tax-break program that has been tried in different forms over the decades. It will take visionary leadership – which, Kaloyeros said, has been lacking at some other SUNY campuses. So should SUNY campuses go looking for leaders like Kaloyeros? Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of Kaloyeros’ earliest backers, thinks so – while worrying that Kaloyeros is one of a kind. “If colleges could find someone like him, it would be wonderful, but I suspect it will be difficult,” Silver said. Roots in the Middle East For one thing, it would be hard to find any world-class scientist with Kaloyeros’ life history.Alain Kaloyeros (pronounced Ah-lain Kal-e-air-oes) was a young man when his native Lebanon erupted in civil war. And like many young Lebanese Christians, Kaloyeros found himself in the middle.He got some of his battle training from the Israeli army. “We were the good guys, honestly,” he said. The same could not be said, of course, of the Hezbollah enemies he fought. “The conversion by sword is fundamental to them,” he said. Eventually, Kaloyeros left the battlefield and returned to college in Lebanon. After graduating, he moved to the United States to get a doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Few then had ever heard of the field he studied, and few still have. It’s called experimental condensed matter physics. You might call it making big things out of small things. And from the moment he arrived at the University at Albany after getting his doctorate, Kaloyeros has been doing just that, growing a program in nanoscale technology – the manipulation of matter at the atomic and subatomic level – into a fast-growing school. Silver, the most consistent backer of Kaloyeros at the Capitol, recalls the skinny scientist coming to him 20 years ago for $5 million in state funding to build a clean room to do research on computer chips. The speaker didn’t know then what a clean room was, but Kaloyeros sold him on that funding request. “He took that and created a legend,” Silver said. The role of ‘communicator’ Since then, Kaloyeros, now 57, has used a combination of arm-twisting, self-confidence, charm, carnival barking and political skill to transform a campus that Playboy once dubbed the best party college in America into a place where scientists are engaged in research that will end up making billions of dollars in profits for their companies. And he’s done it without any of the tax breaks that Cuomo now plans to shower on the environs of the state’s college campuses. Instead, Kaloyeros has used his scientific background and considerable salesmanship skills to persuade top state official after top state official to pour money into his research and development center at the University at Albany – which in turn has lured scores of corporate partners to the campus. The state has pumped more than $1.3 billion during the past 20 years into the nanotech school to build gleaming, state-of-the-art buildings and to buy the expensive equipment that fills them. Obviously, it takes some serious lobbying work to win that much state funding, but if you call Kaloyeros a lobbyist, he will cut you off. He prefers the term “communicator.” Kaloyeros, who has worked under five governors, is not shy about communicating his respect for his current boss. In an interview, he mentioned Cuomo 28 times, and there are giant photographs of Cuomo, along with President Obama, hanging in a rotunda at the college. Silver said Kaloyeros is equally adept at wooing politicians and corporate titans. “They want to be with him, and he’s the attraction,” Silver said of the 300 company partners working with the Albany facility. A who’s who of global companies has invested more than $17 billion in and around the Albany SUNY campus. The college provides the space and tools companies might not otherwise be able to afford while assisting with the new technology and working to ensure corporate secrets don’t fall prey to corporate espionage. “We are truly running the business of academics,” Kaloyeros said of his ever-growing empire of clean rooms and state-purchased “tools” that cost tens of millions of dollars apiece and which fierce industry competitors use nearly side-by-side. Companies from IBM and Intel to Samsung and Tokyo Electron use those machines to develop new ways to put more and more information on smaller and smaller chips used in cellphones, computers, cars and any assortment of products. After touring the facility last year, President Obama was impressed. “Now I want what’s happening in Albany to happen across the country,” he said. Kaloyeros sees hope for UB Cuomo and the State Legislature want it happening all across New York, at least. But if other SUNY campuses are to morph into economic powerhouses like the one in Albany, they’ll have to change their ways, Kaloyeros said. He dismisses talk that his facility got special treatment and says campuses like UB were given much more money two decades ago to develop centers to attract businesses. Gov. George E. Pataki in 2002 came to Buffalo with $50 million in state support for the University at Buffalo’s high-tech Center of Excellence. “The way the other campuses chose to spend their investments didn’t produce the results we went about investing,” Kaloyeros said. Many SUNY campuses have not yet awakened to the need not only to use their assets to teach students but also to build a local economy to keep those students from leaving the state after graduation, he said. “They need retraining,” he said of SUNY campuses. “I think they send lobbyists to Albany to ask for money as opposed to approaching things in a strategic, programmatic way.” For instance, he noted, UB years ago had the same opportunities as Albany but took the wrong approach. “The way we started here was we had a core group of corporations,” he said. “Buffalo was more, ‘Let’s build it, have professors run it and see what companies we can attract, which is exactly what Andrew Cuomo is trying to avoid with the Buffalo Billion by having the companies come in first.” Today, Kaloyeros believes UB is better positioned. “It is a part of a team. It’s not just the University of Buffalo. The governor’s billion wasn’t handed to the University of Buffalo. It was designed to fund a grass-roots effort from the region,” he said. UB is by no means the only SUNY institution that Kaloyeros criticizes. He also knocks the University at Albany for wasting money “on things that are not part of the core mission,” such as a new football stadium, fountains and entrance ways, while cutting nonscience programs such as French that, he said, create well-rounded students. Worse yet, he said, many SUNY campuses have their eyes trained on Albany instead of focusing on the changing, wider world. “They didn’t get fat and lazy,” he said. “It was complacency, expecting state resources and relying on them for maintaining and running the campuses. It’s a new world now. It’s the innovation economy, and they need to re-adjust. … It is the Darwin thing. It’s not the strongest of the species nor the most intelligent that survive. It’s the ones most adaptable to change.” The new world of academics Change is a constant at Kaloyeros’ campus, and he likes it that way. He talks of a different culture at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where professors are judged on such factors as how many patents they get each year or how many hours they spend in community college and high school classrooms, teaching and looking for future nanoscience students. “The business of academics exists as never before,” he said. “Even the guy who runs the place,” Kaloyeros said of himself, “doesn’t sit in his office like the typical dean or vice president and expect people to come and tell them what they’ve done. I’m as much in the trenches, if not more, as the rest of them.” That’s for sure. Kaloyeros has 13 patents to his name. And every year, researchers at his school get 300 to 400 patents. Of course, patents mean profits. And Kaloyeros’ success has raised a question: Does he kowtow too much to the for-profit interests of corporations over what is supposed to be the traditional university mission of educating students? Kaloyeros has an answer for those who think SUNY presidents and professors now should be worried about having to be economic developers as well as educators. “We’re expanding the mission,” he said. “No one from the governor on down went to campuses and said you’ve got to stop teaching or stop doing basic research. What he’s saying to them is that, in addition to those functions, you have a mission … of also helping build an ecosystem to train the kids in relevant fields. He’s saying it’s time to make yourself relevant to the 21st century and be creative and entrepreneurial, because it’s a question of survival.” For his part, Kaloyeros has not just survived, but thrived. He is the highest salaried state worker, earning more than $1.3 million a year. That salary, paid by the state and the SUNY Research Foundation, is more than seven times Cuomo’s, but he does not receive the perks that other top SUNY officials enjoy, such as housing or cars and drivers. Kaloyeros makes as much as some corporate executives, and he drives like one, too. He owns a Ferrari F458 Spider, which sells for a base list price of $258,000, and happily shows off a picture of it on his smartphone. The license plate on his Ferrari reads: “Dr. Nano.” Perhaps that’s because the “NANO GEEK” license plate was already taken: It’s on his Range Rover. Such four-wheeled displays of wealth are not exactly commonplace in academia, but those who have watched the nanoscience school grow under Kaloyeros’ guidance say he’s earned his reward. After all, he attracted $215 million in outside research grants last year alone. Given the school’s success, there’s talk in Albany that the state soon will move to break off his facility from the University at Albany to make it SUNY’s 65th campus – run by Kaloyeros and a board dominated by Cuomo loyalists – in time for next year’s elections. To hear Kaloyeros tell it, though, the nanotech school is already a breed apart. “From Day 1, we’ve done better than the other campuses,” he said. “I know how to invest the money.”
  11. Tax Free UAlbany Zone?

    The provisions for tax-free land around select private schools was announced from the start, along with the tax-free lots attached to no school. As an economic development tool it's in line with the minor amount of state funding that goes to private research schools for certain projects, and it is decreasing fast. I wouldn't worry about the Siena's or Skidmore's gaining anything from this as it's mostly geared for innovation at research universities. As much as you can cite Rockefeller for creating no single flagship, you can also blame him for creating the system for private schools to compete with SUNY (known as the "Rockefeller Settlement") from this book (starting on page 290): http://books.google.... off by&f=false
  12. It's possible, but unlikely, as they prefer rotating sites between sections for most outdoor sports championships. Vestal and Middleton are technically more centralized to the Buff/Roc and Downstate population centers, which is why they'd earned sites selection. Albany gets its first chance in '15 and we'll see from there. I'd bet on Kingston losing out in the rotation with Middletown (Sec 9) and UAlbany (Sec 2) having better facilities, with a rotation of those two with C N-S (Sec 3), Vestal (Sec 4), Caledonia-Mumford (Sec 5), and UB (Sec 6). Don't discount quality seating too, if your coach has dreams of major championships. The D-1 Championships here in '98 brought a 2/3 full UB stadium at times (16,500 capacity then), and the HS championships in '08 had, by my guess, 6k-7k out even with WNY being an outpost.
  13. The NYSPHSAA prefers championships rotating between sections as there are very nice HS ones out there: C/N-S, Rochester area, Middletown, Kingston, Vestal. Albany may get a year every so often. People rag on UB Stadium as a football venue with the track, for good reason. But as a T&F facility it's considered world class: facilites for every event possible including steeplechase pits, advanced timing and scoring systems, and locker rooms for hundreds of athletes. It was built for the World University games, hosted the 1998 D-1 Men's and Women's Outdoor Championships, several Empire State Games and MAC Outdoor Championships. Despite its quality, we last hosted the high school state championships in 2008.
  14. Many D-2 and D-3 have those amenitites you say? As many as I have seen around NYS very few do. You think UAlbany is bad? UB was required to add baseball for the MAC. There are only 2 FBS-football conferences that require baseball: The SEC and the MAC. Not CUSA, ACC, Big 12, etc. SU doesn't have it. But UB had to. So the AD has never fully funded it. Our team's field is across a highway from campus. Lights, ok scoreboard, dugouts, bullpens, 4 sets of small bleachers. Conditions were so poor this spring at all local college fields the team had to move a home series to Rochester at a community college which had a new artificial turf field...no bathroom, clubhouse, hitting areas either. Albany's is slightly better. In WNY St Bona has the best surface but no bathrooms or hitting facilities. Canisius's is worse than UB, a artificial turf facility where their field overlays soccer/lax and a softball field. Niagara's campus field is so bad they play at a municipal field 3 miles away. Clubhouse and restrooms facilities are not common in the North. Our baseball players don't actually push for field improvements as much as campaigning for our $20M-$25M campus fieldhouse project. They want to practice indoors first and foremost since that will benefit them far more than their sub-par home field.
  15. Facilities - Next Step?

    Sure: 1http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOJqsSDvV8g
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