Here is the abstract to a new NBER by Christopher Avery, Brian Cadman, and Gavin Cassar entitled "Academics vs. Athletics: Career Concerns for NCAA Division I Coaches."
We analyze the promotions and firings of NCAA Division 1 college basketball and college football coaches to assess whether these coaches are rewarded for the academic performance of their players in promotion and retention decisions. We find that an increase in Academic Progress Rate, as measured by the NCAA, for a college team in either sport significantly reduces the probability that the coach is fired at the end of the season. We find little to no evidence that an increase in the Academic Progress Rate enhances the chances of advancement (in the form of outside job offers) for these coaches.
But wherever the NCAA's rulebook has a say, the merely inane will inevitably be topped. And so we present to you this anonymous-sport classic, which if the NCAA is ever granted a tombstone, will surely be etched upon it:
May 10, 2013
Violation: Three current student-athletes received food in excess of NCAA regulation at a graduation banquet. The three had graduated from the school but returned for an additional season of competition. The players were provided pasta in excess of the permissible amount allowed. Resolution: The three were required to donate $3.83 each (the cost of the pasta serving) to a charity of their choice in order to be reinstated. The department provided rules education to applicable athletics department staff members.
I was a little skeptical of this idea of a manufactured rivalry.
Games between MU and Arky in basketball (especially) and football, to me, have the makings of a natural rivalry. A natural rivalry is one that fans of both sides buy into without a sales job from the football coach, basketball coach, athletic director etc. It's one that the fans "feel" on the inside. It's organic. The schools' administrations can always try to "manufacture" a rivalry top down, but if the fans don't accept it in their hearts, it ain't no rivalry. Knowhatimean, Bill McCartney?
I'd use an analogy of the price in a perfectly competitve market, or say something about emergent order, but that would be too econogeeky.
A lot of little things over the past 20-30 years have happened in MU-Arky football and, especially, basketball games that makes fans think "I want to get back at that team for x" where x is some event that fans may care about. x might be the 52 point thumping Arky gave Mizzou back in 1993 to christen their then-new Bud Walton arena. x might be the obvious one with Mike Anderson. x might be the beatdown the Chase-Daniel led near NFL-team crushed the supposedly superior Hogs in the 1998 Cotton Bowl, a team with some fine talent of its own.
A MU-Arky rivavlry would never have the history behind the MU-Kansas rivalry, a history that generated a hatred in many fans of both teams. Say what you will about hate, but that hatred made that rivalry special But on the other hand, MU-Arky doesn't have the feel of the manufactured rivalry between Nebraska and Colorado in the later stages of the old Big 8's days.
To me, and I speak only for myself, it has the feeling of a natural rivalry.
Clay Travis over at Outkick The Coverage believes the SEC will woo Missouri to become the 14th team:
Sources say that Missouri is attractive for many reasons. Chief among them: it opens a new market -- a primary goal of the SEC as OKTC has informed you throughout -- provides entree into St. Louis, the nation's 20th largest television market, and Kansas City, the nation's 31st, and it's an AAU school, a point that can't be lost in the conference expansion race. One of the selling points on A&M's addition to SEC presidents was that it would increase the academic prestige of the conference, becoming the SEC's third AAU school after Vanderbilt and Florida.
There's also the belief that Missouri's addition would allow the SEC to take a step firmly into the Big 10's turf and keep the Big 10 from expanding in this direction at any point in the future.
It may be a long shot, but I wouildn't be surprised to see both KU and MU go to the Big 10. It would shore up the two big metro areas in Missouri as Big 10 territory and it would block the SEC's movement into St. Louis. Plus both schools are AAU members which fits in well with the rest of the conference (save for Nebraska which recently lost its AAU membership). Then there's the still fresh rivalry between MU and KU, especially between MU and KU in basketball and MU and NU in football. The latter wasn't of OU vs. NU proportions, but was turning into a nice rivalry).
I'm not making this prediction, but am just stating that this move wouldn't surprise me.
The only thing I can see keeping the Big XII in tact is Texas giving up a lot of its political power in the conference and agreeing to more equitable revenue sharing, which may include revenue generated from the Longhorn Network.
Here are a few links about conference realignment rumor mill. Perhaps all these rumors we're hearing are nothing more than strategic statements made in the midst of high-stakes negotiations. And where's Dan Beebe?
Here are today's Big XII's death links. Before I get started, it seems everyone is following the model Kirk Bohls wote about late last week That model had OU taking the lead in seeking other options, moving to the Pac 12, and Texas appearing to attach their coattails to OU.
Leagues are cooperatives and when a cooperative works well, according to game theory, the members act to improve their joint welfare (the ol' Nash Solution). But cooperatives are inherently unstable because of the incentive to cheat on the cooperative, and there needs to be some kind of enforcement mechanism to keep the cheating from happening. If there is no mechanism, the situation falls into a prisoners' dilemma type of game. That seems to be where we are at now, and all signs point to Texas being the one that cheated.
Maybe, just maybe, everything that's going on in the Big XII right now will encourage Texas to work together with the other schools to bring stability back to the Big 12, and maybe encourage Texas A&M to stay. Texas will not have the power in a conference like the SEC, Big 10, or Pac 12 that it has in the Big 12. It may have to share pooled media revenues equally with all other conference members and have equal say in political matters. It may not be able to have its Longhorn Network, the cancer that threatens the entire conference, or it may be forced to strip down the content that can be shown on the LHN. Or, horrors, it might be forced to share revenue generated by the LHN.
And maybe conference middleweights like Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Kansas have been diligently working behind the scenes to improve their options so they will have something to fall back on if the Texas and Oklahoma bolt. Tech and OSU probably have the best options since most observers are predicting them to join OU, and maybe Texas, to the Pac 12. Better options give strength in negotiations.
It's a long shot, I know. But I'm trying to be positive here.