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  1. Good find @Harry I gotta admit it’s hard to hate La Tech sometimes. Rick
    9 points
  2. Maybe the La Tech Athletic Director?
    8 points
  3. Hate losing to them but respect the heck out of that program. They make us better and don’t care where they play how remote they are what their facilities lack...they’re Louisiana proud and just compete and win and win and win. GMG
    8 points
  4. LATECH just keeps on winning, I don't know what their secret is but we could use some of it here. Nice to hear someone speak up on the subject though. Who is our commissioner again and is paid to do anything? If she is running CUSA as a volunteer I won't knock her. What has she done for the conference? Maybe it is time to look for a new one who is dynamic and can help us get to the next level.
    4 points
  5. Literally that is why people dedicate their lives to the study of something - to become experts so that they can lead in their fields. The reason this was originally referred to as the “novel coronovirus” until it was named was because it was new. So that means they did not fully understand it and have been improving their understanding of it along the way, hence guidelines and recommendations. But how were those guidelines developed? Through using what knowledge we already have about disease transmission and viruses. Did you take a high school science class? Because that should have taught you enough to get that when there is an illness you try to isolate the ill from the healthy. You mom taught you as a small child to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. That wasn’t simply manners, it was good public health practice. So yes there is plenty of proof these measures are effective. What is not proven is that outdoor temperature has anything to do with slowing the spread. It hit warm countries and those in the Southern Hemisphere like NZ and Australia. New Zealand has zero new cases for six days. They chose to go on strict lockdown and physical distancing as their strategy and it worked. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31097-7/fulltext Also there is no herd immunity yet. The Sweden model that people like to cite didn’t lead to sufficient herd immunity. A recent study showed about 7.3 percent of those in Stockholm had antibodies and models say it could be as high as 20 percent - but herd immunity requires in excess of 60-70 percent. And they ended with a high death rate. Look if you want full peer reviewed scientific proof of everything to know about this virus, you are going to be waiting a long time. Or you could just use common sense and the available information. If you don’t think sitting shoulder to shoulder with someone as you both exhale heavily (cheering, yelling) can transmit a disease then there really is no convincing you.
    4 points
  6. Good for you...am happy to hear that you have saved cash and are ok for now
    4 points
  7. 4 points
  8. 70,000 or so online students will pay for a lot of stuff. Liberty learned what Memphis and FedEx's Fred Smith learned. University presidents don't look favorably on schools trying to buy their way into association. It looks like taking a bribe and isn't well received. University presidents have to make the call on conference affiliation and who gets to be an equity partner. They have to balance the wants/needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, the board, and if public, the government. As a general rule, university CEO's don't go around seeking trouble and being in partnership with an institution that requires all faculty to affirm that they believe in young earth creationism and refuses to grant tenure (a strongly held principled decision they backed off of to get the law school accredited, then the principle wasn't so strongly held). Their policy toward gay students is the most severe in FBS without question now that BYU has changed it's code of conduct. Hiring a discredited AD and football coach doesn't help perception either.
    3 points
  9. There is no herd immunity going on. Your math is a joke. Your understanding of statistics is astounding. Your disbelief in 'experts' is tiring and willingness to spread it is troubling. It's crazy that you can't use google to search for medical journals or studies... instead rely on your awesome gut instinct to spread misinformation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7191274/ https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.08.982637v1.abstract https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/alr.22577 https://academic.oup.com/jid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/infdis/jiaa189/5820886 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/risa.13500 https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2009324 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763852 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6490/489 https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2020/04/27/13993003.01260-2020 .. https://medium.com/better-humans/whats-the-evidence-on-face-masks-5f3c27a18cc .. I could post links to studies all day long. It wouldn't matter to you. You don't respect the science, studies, math of the brains behind it all. You think everything is a big ass conspiracy. It's akin to me saying oxygen doesn't help spread fires ... and telling you to prove me wrong You think the heat is slowing the spread and NOT the crazy amount social distancing? That is comical. I guess it isn't warm enough in NV, AZ, CA, MS, AL, GA, AR, NC, SC, TN, KS, WV, CO, UT - yet. If only early summer would play along. You are willfully ignorant. It is scary. You show no signs of ever admitting not being the utmost expert, or ever trusting 'experts' or just being decently nice about stuff that matter to people you disagree with. I wish I would ignore you - but you spread so many untruths - I can't bring myself to do it. Facts are not opinions and your opinions are not facts. But again - what does this have to do with facilities? Nothing.
    3 points
  10. exactly...that's why i want to see 2019 and 2020 total death numbers. we don't know what deaths are because of covid or not, but we do know that hospitals get more money for covid deaths 2018 had 2.8 million deaths roughly 7700 people die each day in the usa...has this year been any different? i don't know edit. yearly death number
    3 points
  11. COVID-19 ruined my planned Hawai'i trip this summer for a friend's wedding. I'll gladly take a Hawaii Bowl .. I still have the flight credit!!
    3 points
  12. how is that not a 1 to 1? when i wake up in the morning, what are the chances that i'm going to die from something be it disease, lightening, shark attack, gun shot. i didn't already have those things in my body. it's a chance. no idea where the mark is for me, but i know i have such an infintismal chance of dying from covid that it's a shame we shut down the economy and caused 40+ million to file for unemployment
    3 points
  13. That’ll work too. Just before they signed off they said possibly Saturday but that the best weather outlook for launch would be Sunday. So that’s why I said maybe Sunday. Rick
    3 points
  14. Your not staying in line,...don't ya know? Rick
    3 points
  15. so what's wrong with that? it's probability from dying of all causes
    3 points
  16. I'm amazed a great NT fan would give up the dream so easily. I have seen it ala 1aa. Explain to me how it would be one iota different. I also wonder why you would think being in a playoff against the very teams that you think no one cares about in a bowl game would advance the program. I am not so sure your new association championship would get more national coverage. It is more likely that NT coverage would sink to the levels of the D2 teams cited.
    3 points
  17. I thought you were gonna bust having to hold that in the last few days. Rick
    3 points
  18. IF/When this happens.....we are rather lucky in that we are in a good spot geographically surrounded by schools with some sort of tradition....and the other amazing thing is the SMU, Houston, UCF, etc...think the same way some here think. "no way will we "MOVE DOWN"....Again...they're not going to have a choice. The 65 P5 teams will want to shed some of the dead weight they have now...why would they want to take an SMU with them? Alabama doesn't care about SMU or UH. I got into an argument with an ECU fan and he just kept telling me how much money they have and showing me their facilities....dude......Alabama and Texas and Clemson don't care about you or your little athletic budget. Those schools and TV are in control. The fear of the G5s is that when the P5 breaks away...we'll be irrelevant (like we're not now) However, this new world is not going to be like when we went down to 1AA. We're not going to be playing McNeese State. We're going to be playing La Tech and SMU and Southern Miss and UH. Because they'll be right there with us. Which gets back to my first point....UNT is actually lucky in our location will still have interest for media and in our footprint. I would hate to be MTSU or a MAC school... I've gone back and forth on this but a potential playoff with a semifinal of Boise St, UCF, Cincinatti and App St? That would garner some interest. That's not equivalent to James Madison, Sam Houston, etc. Edit: and I'll add....the schools that should really be concerned about this are the FCS schools...this will push them further out.
    2 points
  19. Thanks. I didn't hear that, so good to know.
    2 points
  20. You have to realize that most black people see Biden as honorary black at best, and an awkward ally at worst. It's the same way that if your friend calls you an asshole, you're going to take it totally differently than if someone from SMU calls you an asshole.
    2 points
  21. So perhaps racial comments are not a true issue, rather who says them. If things were truly offensive it would not matter who said them. It's hard to have to have change when the rules that others are judged by change day-by-day and person-by-person
    2 points
  22. I admit the low numbers from African American is an issue that needs to be fixed. What is the answer - I don't know. All time lows for unemployment and record numbers employed (before the pandemic) did not seem to be important or matter. Areas that have been in disarray for decades continue to reelect Dems to lead them even when nothing changes. So within that demographics, economics does not seem to be a major issue. What is the issue that will make a change, yet to be determined.
    2 points
  23. and i told you 11 days ago that i don't know the answer. 3 million deaths would suck, but it still wouldn't change anything about the probablilities of dying from this, that's all i'm saying. if we have 3.8 million deaths in 2020 (up 1 million from 2018) that would suck, but a person still would only have a 1% of dying. you keep asking for a number and i don't have one. i don't know the answer, and i don't know why you keep asking that question. do you want a "gotcha" later on so that you can say you were right or something? i've never been part of a pandemic in my lifetime, nor have i ever been a part of 40+ million unemployed....new ground for us all. i look at it as %'s, i see it different from you, no big deal. my biggest concern is the loss of work for people and their income, especially when it has been proven that under 60 is almost no risk of dying and i truly don't believe we should have shut everything down for the 2+ months that we have so far.
    2 points
  24. LMAO, I'm glad you don't run UNT's marketing department. Here is the case I would make to AAC Commissioner, Mike Aresco. UNT is a university on the rise. Just look at our expansion in DFW. We now have campuses in Denton, Frisco, Fort Worth, and Dallas. A Tier One research university with nearly 40,000 students makes us one of the nation's largest universities; which better positions us to survive economic downturns. (Fingers crossed) Our facilities are top-notch and both our football and basketball teams have had success in recent years. Sure, we're not where we want to be just yet, but our improvements can't be denied. I know SMU likes to drape Dallas on the front of their jersey and remind us we're not the prettiest girl at the dance, but truth is, we're the one's f*cking the prom king. https://www.unt.edu/notices/unt-dallas-cowboys-partner-offer-professional-mba-cowboys-way-official-notice-president. Being a strategic partner with the most valuable football franchise in the world is a clear win and advantage over other schools from C-USA, MWC, and Sun Belt. President Neil Smatresk understands the power of the halo effect and he's using it masterfully to our advantage. It's no secret the AAC is moving their headquarters to Dallas. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/05/20/college-athletic-conference-finalizes-plans-for-more-to-north-texas/ Do a quick Google Maps search and you'll see their new headquarters will literally be 3 minutes down the road from the current Big 12 headquarters. This is a brilliant power move by Mr. Aresco and the AAC. If I were him, I would take it a step further and drop Tulsa and add UNT in order to lock up the DFW Metroplex. Suck on that Big 12. Let's not forget that DFW is projected to lead the nation in population growth this coming decade. The battle for the DFW Metroplex is just getting started. https://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/01-09-20-dfw-lead-population-growth-2020-2029-cushman-wakefield/ As AAC Commish, I would be cautious of raiding the MWC and enlarging the AAC travel footprint even further. The new landscape of college football is seeking to reduce travel costs, not add to them. This aggressive action could also open the door to the MWC gaining a strategic foothold in Texas by swooping up UTEP and UNT as replacements. Unintended consequences can be a bitch. My last point is rivalries matter and put cheeks in seats. The annual UNT vs SMU game only grows in importance if both schools reside in the same conference/division. Why not lean into the local rivalry and pour gasoline on the bonfire? Move the annual game to the end of the season, and it takes on a whole new level of intensity and local interest. Thanksgiving game, anyone?
    2 points
  25. so what does that question have to do with the chart of deaths? you want a number...don't have one...because I DONT KNOW!!! what i do know is that percentages and facts are out there about the deaths, infections, and the seriousness of the covid 19. time will tell...once the year is over, i want to see the total deaths of all causes in the USA for 2020 and 2019 and see what the difference is. if 2020 is 1 million more, i think that's a problem...but again, i don't know.
    2 points
  26. no shit, but not everyone has been hit by lightening or attacked by a shark, but they still have %'s of it happening and you dying. this is no different.
    2 points
  27. didn't check...but cdc, us census, washington times...if this is true...open up everything, NOW!!! 40+ million filed for unemployment
    2 points
  28. So happy to be reminded of why I took a week+ off. BS political upheaval, "gotcha" language that doesn't really get anyone, and Lifer trying to police the board. Love you. See you again in a month. GMG
    2 points
  29. The power is who has the content not who organizes content like the NCAA does. They can and should be replaced with a phone call. Who cares what you call the the tournament or the championship. Amateur athletics is gone.
    2 points
  30. My question is do you think they will bring 25 or so teams from the G5 to use as easy wins to ramp up the top P5 team W/L records? This might provide us an opportunity to move up at that time.
    2 points
  31. Wait I thought you said social distancing was not proven effective to prevent COViD.
    2 points
  32. Nope, but brought up the virus. How was Lawrence O'Donnell last night?
    2 points
  33. Those political panties are wadded up so tight you just can’t read fast enough. ...”At least one student who returned to Liberty University“... Returned means he was off campus. In fact, if memory serves he was training for a shot in the NFL when he tested positive. And yes, I missed the 1100 students, not 1500. You got me🙄. Heres one from Sunday. https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/may/24/liberal-media-taking-liberties-with-jerry-falwell-/ ...”Liberty University, which the media predicted would be Ground Zero for a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, has not reported a single on-campus case. Not one. .....On March 30, The Washington Post ran an editorial, “Irresponsible decisions like Jerry Falwell Jr.’s put untold numbers of people at risk.” The Post cited The New York Times’ contention that about a dozen Liberty students “were sick with symptoms that suggested COVID-19.” It turns out that the students had common colds or the flu or something other than COVID-19. Only one student tested positive, and he was living off-campus. Several other universities, such as Rutgers, Pepperdine, Valencia and Texas A&M, introduced similar policies, but only Liberty was singled out for a press whipping”... Rick
    2 points
  34. Sad to see this happening. Many schools needed to make changes before the resent issues, now they have no choice. Many schools have been living "above their means" and now must reorganize.
    1 point
  35. The entire P6 is kind of sad. Its like the dork who tells everyone he is going out with a hot girl and everyone clearly knows he isn't.
    1 point
  36. Focusing on the death rate is still the wrong answer. We are going to keep learning more and more about what a little bastard this virus really is: https://elemental.medium.com/amp/p/2c4032481ab2?__twitter_impression=true , blood clots emerged as one of the many mysterious symptoms attributed to Covid-19, a disease that had initially been thought to largely affect the lungs in the form of pneumonia. Quickly after came reports of young people dying due to coronavirus-related strokes. Next it was Covid toes — painful red or purple digits. What do all of these symptoms have in common? An impairment in blood circulation. Add in the fact that 40% of deaths from Covid-19 are related to cardiovascular complications, and the disease starts to look like a vascular infection instead of a purely respiratory one. Months into the pandemic, there is now a growing body of evidence to support the theory that the novel coronavirus can infect blood vessels, which could explain not only the high prevalence of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, but also provide an answer for the diverse set ofhead-to-toe symptoms that have emerged. A respiratory virus infecting blood cells and circulating through the body is virtually unheard of. Finally, infection of the blood vessels may be how the virus travels through the body and infects other organs — something that’s atypical of respiratory infections.
    1 point
  37. The money thing is not what worries anyone the most. It's the controversial politics. Not even being a religious university -- there are plenty of those -- but the controversies and the president of the university firing off HSOs. Smastresk and Baker would be asked to comment about scandals here and there. That's not a headache anyone wants. Stuff like this https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/09/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-loans-227914 is dealt with by Falwell and co themselves. The teams that schedule them get a little flack but it ends fairly quickly. Going into business with them? That's another thing entirely.
    1 point
  38. I think it's more like 30 teams, you know who they are, with games in which I have no interest. On another note, I finally got a 'smartTV'. I would have no issue watching NT games on some of the channels available on that thing.
    1 point
  39. Looks like this is where he received his information
    1 point
  40. Go ahead and make another pro football league for me not to care about. That will free up even more of my time on Saturday’s in the fall. Rick
    1 point
  41. I'll wear a hazmat if It means I can watch football.
    1 point
  42. I obviously have strong opinions on this subject but the main reason I am not willing to speculate on a better/worse scenario is because A) this is long from over and B) we are still learning what exactly we are dealing with. Take the idea that kids are largely unaffected by it. Mostly seems that way so far, but then they have seen cases of kids coming down with some kind of terrible disease that seems to be related to covid. And it isn’t a respitory disease. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/straight-up-fire-in-his-veins-teen-battles-new-covid-19-syndrome Similarly, many patients have experienced kidney problems. And we still don’t know why really.
    1 point


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