College Sports Revenue Report CUSA Schools (USA Today)

USA Today College Revenue Stream for 2013.  Below is the report for CUSA.

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USA Today Revenue Report College Athletics 2013
  Conference USA Schools
66 Old Dominion $36,929,483 $35,561,455
76 Texas-El Paso $29,017,848 $28,964,808
78 North Texas $28,800,436 $28,926,470
81 Florida International $28,332,261 $26,275,579
83 Alabama at Birmingham $28,159,249 $27,544,633
87 Middle Tennessee State $27,667,552 $28,716,516
88 Western Kentucky $27,606,401 $27,607,401
89 Marshall $27,587,274 $28,337,108
92 North Carolina Charlotte $26,681,829 $26,122,465
101 Florida Atlantic $24,538,411 $21,967,412
102 Texas-San Antonio $23,807,953 $24,891,193
108 Southern Mississippi $22,776,416 $22,399,056
125 Louisiana Tech $18,570,493 $18,444,386
@ Rice Unreported Unreported
66 $27,089,358 73.35
76 $14,818,397 51.07
78 $17,628,426 61.21
81 $21,969,608 77.54
83 $18,070,530 64.17
87 $19,613,161 70.89
88 $16,414,010 59.46
89 $14,462,623 52.42
92 $18,667,994 69.97
101 $16,590,468 67.61
102 $14,559,322 61.15
108 $9,802,774 43.04
125 $9,214,682 49.62
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Comparing CUSA in Preseason Polls




Worst to best, more like best guess or flip a coin

Preseason Polls have become the social media/bloggers haven.  Everyone has an opinion, below are just a few for you to review and compare.  The ESPN power rating is a horse of a different color.  Some of us may hang our hat on this as the best way to rank the teams “the one”.  Fact is the metrics of the poll seem to have no true elements to this mathematical equation to make it……..  I hope you are following me.  It’s just a tease for readers, many will love it, others not so much.

When you take a closer look at the two countdown polls the biggest difference is not where CUSA teams fall in the sea of 128, but where and how many P5 teams have been selected in the early stages of the polls.  Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel has listed 12 teams from the power conference.  Paul Myerberg’s USA Today poll only has 7 teams representing the power conferences.  Interesting comparisons, especially when you consider there is only a three team count difference in the two polls, (OS has ranked-33, USA-30).

Best guess is a better way to label the preseason polls.  I doubt either of these guys will go to Vegas and bet the farm on their predictions.  I think that would be a good barometer of the faith they have in their own forecast for the future.

Orlando Sentinel Countdown

#102 Louisiana Tech   CUSA
#104 UTEP     CUSA
#112 USM   CUSA
#117 UAB   CUSA
#127 FIU   CUSA


USA Today

#106. Old Dominion

#113. Southern Miss

#114. UTEP

#120. UAB
#127. FIU
#114. UTEP
#113. Southern Miss


2014 Preseason Football Power Index

#57. Marshall

#74. UTSA

#77. Old Dominion

#89. Rice

#99. Western Kentucky

#103. North Texas

#107. Middle Tennessee

#110. Louisiana Tech

#113. UTEP

#114. Florida Atlantic

#117. Southern Miss

#119. FIU

#121. UAB

The Elephant in the room at CUSA Spring Meetings

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Conference USA Wraps Up 2014 Spring Meetings

The elephant in the room was never a topic at this year’s CUSA Spring meetings (realignment).  Instead the CUSA Commissioner, Athletic  Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives and head coaches for football, men’s and women’s basketball from its 14 member institutions simply got down to business. 

When the Spring Meetings concluded on Wednesday (5/14/14) in Destin, Fla. the Key topics discussed, included NCAA national governance, scheduling, revenue distribution, video and television. It was also determined that the conference would establish a Student-Athlete Health and Safety Committee to monitor sports medicine best practices. The league would also recognize and support research in helmet development and brain testing of which Old Dominion is in a select group that will be testing new helmet technology.

CUSA officials invited nine bowl partners to participate in the week’s activities, along with the league’s television partners from CBS Sports Network and FOX.

Sites for several Conference USA Championships were selected and will be given to the C-USA Board of Directors for final approval when they meet on June 9.  UAB will host 3 Conference championships, Old Dominion and Rice two each, others are listed below.  At the conclusion of the meetings a few sports championship hosting sites had not be selected or determined at that time.

2014-15 CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIPS Sport – Dates – Site – Host

Cross Country – November 1 – Houston, Texas – Rice

Women’s Soccer – November 5-9 – Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte

Men’s Soccer – November 12-16 – Norfolk, Va. – Old Dominion

Volleyball – November 21-23 – Hattiesburg, Miss. – Southern Miss

Football – December 6 – Divisional Champion with best record

Women’s Swimming & Diving – February 18-21 – TBD – C-USA

Indoor Track & Field – February 25-26 – Birmingham, Ala. – UAB

Men’s & Women’s Basketball – March 11-14 – Birmingham, Ala. – UAB

Women’s Tennis – April 16-19 – Houston, Texas – Rice

Men’s Tennis – April 17-19 – Norfolk, Va. – Old Dominion

Women’s Golf – April 20-22 – TBD – C-USA

Men’s Golf – TBD – TBD – C-USA

Softball – May 7-9 – Miami, Fla. – FIU

Outdoor Track & Field – May 14-17 – El Paso, Texas – UTEP

Baseball – May 20-24 – TBD – TBD


“How will Coaching Changes with CUSA Teams

and Vanderbilt Impact ODU”

Each year there are more and more power five conferences that reach down to pluck the best coaches the G5 schools have to offer.  This year was no exception.  There were several Universities that decided it was time to make changes and move in a new direction.  When all was said and done and the coaching carousal came to a stop, we were left with the following schools that needed to find new coaches (listed below).  There are several schools from CUSA that will feel the impact first hand.  ODU will face two CUSA’s schools that changed the leadership at the top, Western Kentucky – Jeff Brohm and UAB’s – Bill Clark.   Along withthe two CUSA schools, ODU will also face an Eastern Michigan team that is now led by head coach Chris Creighton and Vanderbilt after the departure of James Franklin.  Vanderbilt football not only lost their old coach who move to Penn State, but several 2014 Vandy recruits de-committed and moved their allegiance with the new staff to Penn State.   How will the changes impact the programs listed below.

The bigger question for ODU and our fans is how will the change impact the game and the possible outcome from schools that now have new leadership?

1)      Will Old Dominion face a more competitive team that has been energized due to the coaching change?

2)      Will the Coaching change have a negative effect because of the unfamiliarity with new plays – defensive and offensive strategies?

3)    Will the change create a feeling from the remaining and older players of betrayal.   Will the new staff earn the respect of the current players and be open to the new staff taking over the reins?

Reviewing the schools that ODU will play in 2014, I think we will see a mix of all the above scenarios.

·         Sat 10/25 @ Bowling Green, Ky.       Western Kentucky with new coach Jeff Brohm will continue to move the needle in the right direction.  WKU should not miss a beat.  The team returns with two 1st team All Conference offensive members – RB Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco.  On the defensive side of the ball they return five players that were selected as members of the 1st team All SB Conference – DL Bar’ee Boyd, LB Xavius Boyd, LB Andrew Jackson,  CB Jonathan Dowling, CB Cam Thomas and 2nd team member – Safty – Tyree Robinson.  A total of 11 starters will return in 2014

·         Sat 11/29 in Boca Raton –       Florida Atlantic New coach Charlie Partridge will be tested with a more difficult task.  FAU has two 3rd team All CUSA offensive selections returning – TE Nexon Dorvilus, C Mustafa Johnson.  They also return with 2nd team All CUSA defensive member – DE Cory Henry and 3rd team selection –  LB Adarius Glanton.   Mr. Partridge comes with a pedigree of experience from Pittsburg, Wisconsin and Arkansas.   After the release of Former FAU head coach Carl Pelini, who lost 15 of his 20 games in his two years a FAU any movement in a upward trajectory  will be seen as a positive in 2014.


·         Sat. 9/13 @ SB Ballard –      Eastern Michigan’s New Coach Chris Creighton.   Even though Eastern Michigan has only one 3rd Team All Mac offensive member returning – Kalonji Kashama Chris Creighton  will have a very experienced crop of 19 returning starters, eleven on offense and eight on defense.  In fact they sit atop all MAC teams with the number of returning starters in 2014.  Eastern Michigan looks to improve on last year’s record (2-11).  ODU plays them 3rd on this year’s schedule after facing ACC opponent NC State.


·         Sat 11/2 in Nashville, Tenn –      Vanderbilt will be tested with more issues than their football performance on the field.  But if anyone can face the task to establishing trust, respect and loyalty it will be New coach Derek Mason.  He brings a multitude of experience from his time in the NFL as the Minnesota Vikings (DB)  Jim Harbaugh than hired him at Stanford as the DB coach and was promoted to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw.   In 2012, Mason became the sole defensive coordinator for the Cardinal’s and was a finalist for the Broyles Award given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.   With or without the coach change ODU will be tested and may be the best team on the 2014 schedule.

Even though UAB is not on this year schedule for ODU, the new coach at UAB, Bill Clark may face the most difficult task in CUSA.  UAB returns no players from the All CUSA Team.   As we all know the selection to a “All Whatever Team” can be influenced by many factors.  To try and use this as a standalone barometer to determine the success of UAB’s season would be absolutely ridicules.  The fact remains that Mr. Clark will need to see better execution of fundamentals just to appear on the radar.


UConn’s  New Bob Diaco


Boise State  New Bryan Harsin

Wyoming  New Craig Bohl


Western Kentucky  New Jeff Brohm

Florida Atlantic  New Charlie Partridge

UAB  New Bill Clark


Bowling Green  New Dino Babers

Miami (Ohio)  New Chuck Martin

Eastern Michigan  New Chris Creighton

UMass  New Mark Whipple


Arkansas State  New Blake Anderson

Georgia Southern  New Willie Fritz

ODU 2014 Opponent

Vanderbilt     New Derek Mason