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Stalwart Ram

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Big 10 Coach of the Year gets a new deal.

7 years that will increase his salary by about $1MM per year. Well deserved - he has one of the toughhest jobs in the Big 10 and has IU trending in the right direction after four seasons.

How is this Ram related? It shows results that are worthy of huge raises - national rankings and challenging for conference championships. But more importantly, it to some extent shows what the Rams are up against in the MWC. When the Big 10 decided to change agreed-upon rules so that it could coronate the Buckeyes as winners of the Big 10 East Division, all for the CFP cash grab, a former IU AD Fred Glass spoke out:

“I’m not AD anymore, nor officially affiliated with IU, so I can tell you what I think, and that is this: Our program, our coach and our kids got done in by the good-old-boy Big Ten football power structure,” Glass told Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

There are influential people who don’t want Indiana to be good in football. They’re used to coming into our state and poaching our best high school players and counting us a ‘W’ on their schedules.

That’s why they don’t advocate for us. Is there any real doubt we’re the second-best team in the conference? Look at the polls, even the CFP. Look at the common opponents. To those who are trying to kill a resurgent Indiana football program, I say, it’s not going to work. You’re just putting more logs on the fire. I love Tom Allen, and I love these kids."

CSU, along with SDSU, have more potential to field top-notch, successful (winning) athletic departments than any other schools in the conference. CSU is a top-notch research univeristy located in a fantastic setting in a prosperous state. Facitities are top-notch relative to the conference and getting better. It has a large alumni base along the Front Range that will take interest in the athletic department when it shows a true committment to winning. The BSUs, UNMs, Wyomings, UNLVs, etc. of the conference know that. So does SDSU. Don't believe for a second that BSU will do everything it can to keep CSU down in football - it's why they run trick play laterals on punt returns against a new coach with a rebuilding team.

Joe Parker's hands are somewhat tied. Unlike Fred Glass he is a representative of the university and can't blurt out whatever is on his mind. But saying that he's disappointed after the MWC's scheduling decisions in men's and women's basketball just isn't enough. He needs to make things happen, or CSU is going to continue to get shafted by the MWC decsion makers.

The teams need to perform. I get that - Saturday night was disappointing. But the #1 issue holding CSU back is disinterest of its Front Range alumni base. That alumni base is only going to take interest if CSU basketball and football are winning BIG. And that's tough to do if obstacles like last week contnue to arise.

Unfortunately, I don't see the athletic department doing anything to increase the interest of that alumni base. Basketball looks to be on the right track, but the Bobo extension was a disaster and Adazzio is TBD. Pre-Covid, the current group of coaches rarely made the trip to the Denver metro area. McElwain, Miles, even Eustachy, regularly made trips south. The mainstream media coverage of CSU continues to wither away outside of Fort Collins, and the AD is pretty much out of sight - out of mind. What I'm currently seeing is the old, traditional CSU model: continually asking the same, small group of supporters for more money, rather than doing something to increase the size of the group.

Rant over.

Link: Tom Allen Contract

Posted: 03/09/2021 at 12:20PM


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