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  1. Heard they had a big upgrade with a new golfing simulator this year. Looks like they put it into action right away.Good for them!
  2. Women's Basketball 2017-18

    Not Gordon Graham. Don't actually know him. But that idea would be intriguing. Not sure how social media savvy a guy like that would be. Regardless, not pissed that they cut tennis anymore than if they had cut field hockey (even if I thought it was tragic). My 'beef' is with self-inflicted wounds of any kind. It just happens to be Title IX right now. If they had cut tennis in favor of a sport that could deliver numbers that wasn't crew, I'd still be sitting on the sidelines and just reading these boards like the arm-chair quarterback that I should be. Personally, I'm starting to like the idea of an NCAA run in curling or speed skating ...
  3. Women's Basketball 2017-18

    The athletic department is radioactive right now. That Federal Lawsuit is killing the moral inside the department and out. How do I know? Because I took the time to talk to some of the people that are there. If you want to say my sources are flawed or inaccurate - I'd be willing to think that could be a possibility as I'm not personally there and you might have a line to different information. I'd love to be wrong, in fact. You're right about grinding an axe insomuch as I think bad decisions should never be excused, accepted, or tolerated until they are corrected. The solution is simple - If Benson won't add a women's sport, get rid of Benson and then solve the Title IX problem by bringing someone in that will. I have my preferred sport but am actually closer to agnostic. It's just that I'm more familiar with some sports than others. Department culture is more important than campus culture but we shouldn't imply that campus culture it's unimportant. And the campus just isn't there yet. Thought it was close a few years ago and then it seemed to fall back. That's on Student Affairs not Athletics though. How do I know this? Because I have to go up there on business pretty regularly. I walk across campus and start talking to students. My sample size is small each time but it's adding up.
  4. Women's Basketball 2017-18

    Neither one of the last two were true 'up-n-comers' though. Coach Abe particularly. Bernabei-McNamee had two head coaching gigs before UAlbany and significant D1 experience as an Assistant. I think we're going to experience a lot of pain trying to attract someone that can maintain the program let alone elevate. The athletic department isn't attractive right now. Title IX issues, federal lawsuit, budgetary issues, campus culture - the only reason to take this job is so that you can move on to your next one. The problem is that you'd have a better chance as an Associate Head Coach somewhere else.
  5. Siena under investigation..

    Thanks for the correction. My info came from a guy that was playing football at the time. When it impacts you directly, I suppose it can color your interpretation of what you're told. Agreed on the disaster of Siena basketball. Which disappointments me insomuch as cross-town rivalry's are almost always good.
  6. Siena under investigation..

    I assume that you know that D3 has the same Title IX requirements for proportionality, right? Siena's solution to their Title IX issue was to cut football and focus on basketball. When we were D3 the school cut the wrestling team (among others) to do the same thing. D1 requires a minimum number of sports on both the men's and women's side so the AD already has his back up against a wall. There's not a lot of ways to fix that problem that doesn't include adding another sizable women's sport. As much as they seem to be trying to avoid that.
  7. Siena under investigation..

    Respectfully, the Title IX violations are not minor as UAlbany was short 97 roster spots. But those violations do PALE by comparison what's going on over at Siena. All we have to do is add another sport. How do you fix THAT problem over there?
  8. Cremo nichols leave...

    Came in 2014. My understanding that's it's a 5 year and hasn't been extended yet. @Dane96 Person is pretty well connected but I'm with you. The person that told me ddefinitely would have had contact with the President before but can't see how this would have come up in conversation. Suppose it could have been a leak from someone else that picked on some general dissatisfaction. Lots of things could have been handled better so, agreed, jury still out.
  9. Cremo nichols leave...

    I was with someone this past weekend that told me that Benson in on the chopping block at the end of his contract. This person has been pretty reliable in the past but I'm not convinced in this case. I thought he had a pretty big win with the stadium donor. Anyone know what the real story is?
  10. New Word Mark and Team store

    Just showed this to someone that does graphic design work. Her response was a bit technical "Yuck". Then "Looks like a cross between graphic writing/graffiti lettering and ms dos/unix text. Ugly"
  11. Butts in the Seats 2018 edition

    I think people need to recognize that butts in seats is the culmination of engaging students in the right way while they're still on campus. It's a cultural thing that has been done so poorly for years, and by most accounts, students still think the school is doing a crappy job. This I put on the student affairs staff. They just have the wrong people in leadership positions who then hire people that are equally as weak. The stories that I've heard make my skin crawl. Students are pretty shrewd and they sense when you're feeding them a line of *h*t There isn't a marketing budget big enough to fix that kind of grass roots problem. Obviously I have specific examples. Fixing something after the fact is hard. The culture has to be changed to the point where students are seen as the priority rather than a something that staff has to deal with to get ahead. A better question maybe would be "How do you change an on campus culture?"
  12. I think he's the Sports Editor for the TU.
  13. I'm hearing he was under pressure to grow the roster to offset MLAX number. WLAX = 25 MLAX = 49
  14. Title IX violations

    Fair enough. 18 months is a long time to be sure. I was hoping the judge would weigh in on the other issues that were laid out by the plaintiffs in terms of their motion but recognize that if there's no 'irreparable harm' then there's no need. Still a bummer (not the ruling but the lack of additional information.) I'm afraid that there is an unfortunate lesson to be taken with this part of the story when dealing with UAlbany. One that I'm not entirely comfortable with. File the lawsuits first and don't bother with talking until afterwards.
  15. Title IX violations

    I'm not so sure about this...in order to meet the requirements of Title IX I believe I read in the original communication between UA and the governing body administering this program is that it's NOT a strict 1-1 calculation. Title IX speaks to equal opportunity which can be shown with a campus wide survey or similar type polling of the student community asking if there are unmet or unavailable opportunities for females on campus as it related to athletic participation. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I could have sworn I read this. UA has NOT demonstrated and clearly CAN'T demonstrate this point and thus is non-compliant by virtue that there are known cases of female tennis players that can't play because there is no program. Restoring this program MAY (maybe, big maybe) in whole or in part restore confidence in that equal opportunity is provided. I'm not sure if my reading is correct on this... I linked to the OCR findings, Resolution Agreement, and Timesunion article. Accommodations of Interests and Abilities is a 3-prong test. When OCR looked at it, UAlbany and Benson could not demonstrate compliance with any of those parts. Surveys are generally considered acceptable to demonstrate that a school is already meeting interest and therefore in compliance. I'd go so far as to say they are essential in some cases. The problem in this situation is that it a survey would only acceptable to OCR if there have been no requests to add a sport as those requests would, by definition, demonstrate interest. The motion for preliminary injunction provided declaration(s) showing that there was 2-3 requests made to add a sport in the last five years - again, demonstrating interest. I was told last weekend that there was another request submitted sometime in November (sorry, don't have details otherwise I would provide them.) Again, demonstrating interest. In the resolution agreement with OCR the school (and therefor Benson): "...will demonstrate that participation opportunities for male and female students are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments." Agreed upon date is October 1, 2020. I've never understood how they were going to do that base on this quote from Benson: ""We have no plans to add any teams or bring teams back and no plans to cut any programs," Benson said. "We're not in a position from a budgetary standpoint to do that." He suggests in the same article that they're going to roster manage to compliance but OCR said in their findings that they were already doing that. OCR Letter with Findings http://www.timesunion.com/file/237/8/2378-DOE%20finds%20UAlbany%20out%20of%20Title%20IX%2C%20OCR%20letter.pdf Resolution Agreement http://www.timesunion.com/file/237/9/2379-UAlbany%20Title%20IX%20resolution%20agreement.pdf Article that it was pulled from: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Feds-UAlbany-athletics-in-violation-of-Title-IX-12200960.php ******************** Edit: Reinstating tennis could be a step but would not seem sufficient in terms of numbers. But your correct about the fact that having a team when it was cut demonstrated interest.