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  1. zeWilbur

    End of NCAA College Football?

    That is where I keep getting stuck. Every direction seems to lead to an arms race cluster. A single NCAA football tv contract would make redistribution MUCH simpler and more stable. Inherently evil, but simpler. Wouldn't additional scholarship restriction do more to mirror the NFL distributed talent model than trying to keep yet another school from building an indoor waterfall that doesn't guarantee a kid will go there instead of the waterfall-free facility?
  2. zeWilbur

    End of NCAA College Football?

    Stipend cost would be the tip of the iceberg. While I agree with you I have concerns about each scholarship being worth 'the same amount of $$$', here is a little info to dig deeper that line of thinking... Just looking at out of state tuition & fees. No stipends, housing, etc. UNL had 451 athletes on some form of athletic scholarship in 2016. This number might not be maintainable if they were all on full rides but I will assume so to resemble the model you are recommending. Looking across the conference the highest tuition rate is Northwestern at $54,120 per year. The lowest is Nebraska at $25,571. Average is $35,100. So for every athlete on scholarship UNL would need spend another $28,549 to make it an "equal value" from just a tuition perspective. With 451 athletes it would cost UNL an extra $12.875 million per year without any additional return. UNL could technically afford it but that is around 10% of the current AD budget. It would cost the average B1G team $8.58M if every school carried the same number of athletes. Recalling that scholarships need to be equal value across all conferences we will use Northwestern as the benchmark for G5 teams as well. Using the B1G conference average and assuming 12 teams/conference, it would be ~$103M per conference. ~$515M total. I'm not even getting into the 350+ D1 basketball schools that would all need to be included in some way. That would add an additional $6-8M burden to each P5 school on top of the initial $8.58M burden. Figuring in food, housing, and stipend would only make these numbers worse. Doing this would put more money into the hands of the athletes but would almost certainly kill off most non-revenue sports.
  3. zeWilbur

    Good bye Greg Bell

    Every opponent through the 2021 schedule.
  4. With the safety(23) creeping up it basically put 8 guys in the box leaving 3 guys 1-on-1 on the outside. If my understanding of this offense is correct it should not have been a running play at all.
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    OT Bryce Foster

    Say hello to the 2021 #1 tackle
  6. zeWilbur

    *** 2019 Recruiting ***

    The ACT has an essay portion that is manually graded by two graders. Combine that with the sheer amount of kids that take it at once and it will take some time to get it done. Even if that is only a day or two for a given kid, I think they are trying to get everyone their results at the same time so they don't have to deal with a constant barrage of questions from people wondering if theirs had been done yet.
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    Alabama Nutrition Facility

    I generally agree with you. Mostly I was confused by why you took things in the direction of how much non-athletes pay in tuition and subsequent potential student loan debt. Does that usually happen when this topic comes up?
  8. zeWilbur

    Alabama Nutrition Facility

    Sorry for putting this back on topic. I'm not cool enough to have any musical references to contribute. 3 quick thoughts. 1) The Training Table at NU is open to any student with a meal plan. Academic counseling is freely available to any student. Non-athletic scholarships actually outnumber athletic ones. The gap might not be as wide as you think. 2) "If you come to my school I will pay X monthly for your autograph". I don't see how you can let them have any similar option without opening the whole can of worms, for better or worse. The stipend was meant to address this. 3) I'm not sure if your point is that you think Universities should be compensating athletes better for their services or that Universities should be using their athletic funds to reduce tuition overall.
  9. zeWilbur

    CB Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson [Utah Commit]

    You think Nebraska is the only school to slow play in state talent?
  10. How exactly does someone hang clean from the ground?
  11. zeWilbur

    DT Otito Ogbonnia [UCLA - Signed LOI]

    Technique can play a huge part but ultimately it's two yards to do something as violently as possible. Sound familiar? There really isn't a weight room number that involves maximum effort while traveling. The shot put does that nicely. That's why I am a fan.
  12. zeWilbur

    DT Otito Ogbonnia [UCLA - Signed LOI]

    With our current depth you are probably right. Would not surprise me in the least if his name would come up often in the "who has impressed you on the scout team" conversations if he did redshirt. Really hope he comes here.
  13. zeWilbur

    DT Otito Ogbonnia [UCLA - Signed LOI]

    Yes! I have not seen any better indicator of short area burst than the shot. Kind of like lineman that are stud wrestlers or WR that are 200m studs any DE or LB the throws 60+ is just someone you have to get for pure athleticism. Otito and Cam absolutely check that box for me. It was a shame Cam's technique hasn't improved all that much since then. With his leg injury I doubt we will really get to see if this season would have been much better.
  14. zeWilbur

    DT Otito Ogbonnia [UCLA - Signed LOI]

    I don't care how big he is. That level of athleticism is something very few people have. Even among D1 athletes. He would test off the charts and likely immediately contribute.
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    QB Adrian Martinez [Nebraska - Signed LOI]

    "Martinez piled up more than 4,000 total yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior at Clovis West High in Fresno, but then had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in the winter "