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  1. I say keep the logo, but change the color scheme and mascot. I present to you the UNLV Battletoads.
  2. I don't think it would be as much of a disaster as you think. I think UH being successful in the MWC will be more disastrous for UH. The MWC TV deal takes priority over UH's PPV deal. That means CBSSN and ESPN can televise as many UH games as they want. UH doesn't get one dime from the MWC TV deal. If UH doesn't provide 7 games to Spectrum PPV, then UH will lose about $250k for each game under the 7 required. UH had a mediocre season in 2016 and lost $250k in 2017 because they only showed 6 PPV games. 2018 was ok, because UH was expected to be bad. In 2019 UH is expected to be good, and they will have a very attractive home schedule with Arizona, Oregon State, Army, Air Force, Fresno State, and SDSU(6 games) all likely to be televised by CBSSN or ESPN networks. Then games at Washington and Boise State(2 games) are going to be televised nationally as well. UH's last game at Nevada was on CBSSN and could also be on the list. If all those games are selected, that means UH will only have 4 games of inventory for Spectrum. That means UH loses $750k in TV money for being on semi-national TV(what I call CBSSN). While I prefer that UH is in a conference, the current UH-MWC deal sucks so much that independence is really a better option for them financially. Conference payouts would be different. In the MWC, UH receives about $1.3 million annually in CFP funds. However, they lose about $650k to travel subs(and likely $750k next year due to TV). As an independent, UH will receive about $600k from the CFP, but they won't lose any money due to travel subs as home and homes would cancel costs out over 2 years and they wouldn't lose any TV money(likely make more). Scheduling will be difficult, but not impossible. There are more independent teams now than there have been since the early 90s and UConn might join them. All those teams will be looking to schedule somebody during October and November. In addition, those teams are also looking for some kind of extra benefit. Playing a week before everybody might even help. UH also has the benefit of having good visiting crowds at UNLV and SJSU, schools that typically struggle with attendance. UH can even schedule them for October/November games. Add an FCS school on the week before Thanksgiving like SEC schools do and UH will have its late season scheduling covered.
  3. They happen to rotate between that and cockfighting depending on location of the game.
  4. Who will manage the gofundme account now?
  5. They do have the poker chips. However, they don't know it. It's like the chips are inside the lining of their jacket because of a hole in the pocket.(It happens. I found $60 in my jacket once.) When they find them, watch out! They are practically already independent. They already have most of the key features that the successful independents have had. They have their own TV deal.(I have a feeling that UH PPV games would again be streamed via ESPN3, like they were before they joined the MWC.) They have some sort of an exemption.(BYU has mission exemption. Service academies have an extra coach and lax recruiting rules, UH has an extra game and/or week 0 exemption.) They pay every team's travel to come to Hawaii. They have their own bowl tie-in. (BYU gets agreements years in advance. ND has access to most of the ACC tie-ins. The service academies can have the military-themed bowls.) The only real difference from independence other than competing for conference championships is that UH has to pay for their own travel on road games. As an independent, travel would be covered by the host school. If done correctly, UH would make a lot more money as an independent, and could realistically have 8-9 home games each year.
  6. Are you sure the puzzle piece isnt blue? Coaches recently have been wearing a blue puzzle piece to raise autism awareness.
  7. Since the NCAA took over in 2005, the NIT is usually only filled with P5 underperformers and mid-major regular season champions who didnt win their conference tournament. For most mid-majors it is impossible to make it to NIT as an at-large as shitty P5 schools seem to have better RPIs just because of their conference association. In most of those mid-major conferences, the #2 team(usually with 20+ wins) is playing in the CIT even though they can beat half of the NIT field handily. The CIT(a mid-major only tournament) was actually created because of the NCAA's bias towards shitty P5 teams. If the NCAA expanded the NIT to 64 and gave each conference an autobid, the CIT would likely shut down.
  8. The women's NIT has a field of 64, but it isn't run by the NCAA. If the NCAA were to go to a 64 team men's NIT, I'd like the women's set up. 32 conferences each get a rep + 32 at-large berths. Regular season champs are automatically the conference rep if they don't make the tourney, but the conferences pick their reps otherwise. Also, teams submit bids to host tourney games.
  9. UMass is independent because the MAC wont take football only schools.
  10. Former UH AD Ben Jay is currently in the Bay Area as an AD for DII Academy of Art in San Francisco. Maybe the Spartans can hire him.