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Re: Stand by my friends.
I'm not so sold UCLA is the beneficiary in all this people think. The money is huge for them, for sure, but they need it to survive, a lot of these other schools they're now competing against are going into overdrive in their quest to dominate on the field. Put another way, aside from Northwestern, UCLA's the most likely to say "Can't we just take all the money and keep the scholarships / expenditures the same?". Again, the money helps but the Jones's they're now trying to keep up with are at a different level than the of the Pac12 schools not named Oregon. When it comes to championships, I'll still bet on the schools playing in areas that have some geographical separation from the nearest pro teams.
College sports are a for profit business not a scholastic enterprise. Words like "scholarship" are antiquated. They need to be run completely differently than academic institutions. Unfortunately, many state school administrators cant' or won't act accordingly. The ones that do (e,g, UCLA) will prosper. If state colleges want to compete in D1 sports they need a robust donation program, an endowment or a history of success in football or just maybe basketball. If not, it is just a matter of time until most of the state programs are gutted beyond recognition. The only thing that Long Beach State can do is get to the NCAA tournament every year. If they don't, it doesn't matter what Jane, the President of the CSU the Governor, or the City of Long Beach does.
In January 2023 the NCAA with conduct is annual meeting and the results of the recommendations of the "Transformation Committee" will be promulgated.
Some of the recommendations which more than likely will be adopted are for example; there are now 4 paid coaching positions allowed for D-1 MBB. The recommendation that there be unlimited paid coaches. Have as many as you want to pay for. Also, baseball has 14 1/2 scholars ships and a roster maximum of 35. Well, the recommendation is to have a roster limit of say 30 all of which can be on scholarship.
These are examples of what probably will come to pass.
How much of this do you think Long Beach can afford and what do you think Mrs. C will allow.
Mid-majors will be at a cross-road.
There won't be a sudden drop this year or next but soon thereafter when all the permissive rules are changed allowing programs to spend at will.
It's crazy how little LBSU has and what it overcomes. But if the plan is to tighten the belt and add additional expenses there will be a seismic shift in terms of what "competitive" means. There is no fat to cut only muscle.
The placing of the gentleman now acting as AD and reports to the CFO is a preemptive strike to cut future expectations on success and financial support..
How long do you think Sr. Valenzuela will stick around when USC has 40 scholarships to give and he has 14 1/2? Same can probably said of the likes of Messers Hildebrand, Arroyo, and Ingrassia.