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Comment 7 hours ago

Nebraska faced this a half-decade ago.  They cut football and wrestling, mostly because there were other football and wrestling programs about 50 miles down the road.  Their refocus -- basketball and hockey -- has made them far closer to self-sustaining, and revenues from a new arena are also helping.

Meanwhile, UNI has a dome.  I have yet to figure out how anyone thought that was a good idea.

I get the "all for one, one for all" thing, and I have a lot of UNI graduates in my family (including my wife), but handing money to UNI is a precursor to "everyone throw all your athletics money in the pool," especially if/when the Big 12 implodes and Iowa State loses that particular game of musical chairs.  No thanks.  It sucks, but a state that is far more focused on property tax cuts than education might simply not have enough money to support three Division I football programs.

Comment 17 Jan 2017

I don't practice tax law, but I do practice in non-profits.  You hit the nail on the head re: The underlying reason why athletic programs are fighting so hard to prevent players from being paid.  Doing so would put their tax-exempt status at risk, which would murder donations (without 501(c)(3) status, donations to UI Athletics would no longer be tax deductible).  And with donations continuing to make up one-third of Iowa's revenue, they can't let that happen.

Look, you could be right.  Cord-cutting and increased uneasiness about college athletics in general could reduce Big Ten (and, by virtue, Iowa) athletic income substantially.  But over the past decade, revenue for Iowa athletics has increased by 70 percent.  Iowa hasn't added any sports over that time, and yet its expenses increase in lockstep with those revenue hikes.  The reason is that the books can be finagled with depreciation of facilities and amortization of debt to keep it looking "non-profit".  If revenues decreased, not only would Iowa have massive cash coffers to soften the blow, but it could very easily return to something close to its pre-BTN size without cutting a single scholarship or using a single taxpayer dollar.  Which is good, because the regents are not about to go back to funding intercollegiate athletics.

Comment 17 Jan 2017

Yes, that was true in pre-BTN days.  But Iowa athletics is wholly self-sufficient at the moment (any shortfall on paper comes from non-cash items like depreciation), has been for about a decade, and will continue to be that way for as long as people in NYC are forced to pay $1.05 per set for BTN.  We're at the point where Iowa athletics clearly has run out of things to spend money on, and they have to spend it to keep the IRS happy.  That money is going to start going to the general fund at some point, I would expect, particularly with our new president so focused on the financing of the university through its revenue-generating devices.

Comment 10 Jan 2017

Yes, this is what bleary-eyed writing at 6 a.m. will do.  I don't think he coached this year, which is in no way a dealbreaker for KF (Davis had a year off before Iowa hired him, too).

A couple of other things I've thought about since this morning.

1. There are some interesting names currently coaching receivers in the NFL (which is a natural talent pool to draw from for a collegiate QB coach in a pro-style system).  Former UT coach Derek Dooley is coaching receivers in Dallas.  Former UCLA coach Karl Dorrell is coaching receivers for the Jets.  Bobby Engram has never coached in college, but he's a Big Ten guy and he's with Ferentz's favorite franchise, Baltimore.  Darryl Drake at Arizona coached with Greg Davis at Texas before jumping to the pros, and coached with Lovie Smith in Chicago.  Mike Groh with the Rams is a coach's kid with a ton of college experience (including two stints with Saban at Alabama, three seasons as OC for his dad at Virginia and a year as QB coach for Charlie Strong at Louisville).  John Morton was the OC at USC before moving to the Saints' staff halfway through Kiffin's tenure.

2. Raih leaving Green Bay (where he's assistant offensive line coach) to come to Iowa for a position job seems unlikely, but anyone who watched Aaron Rodgers have 12 seconds to throw every down this week knows that his line can pass block.  With that being an apparent gap in BF's resume, making Raih Passing Game Coordinator and teaming him with BF is interesting.  They'd recruit well together and complement each other's strengths in practice and preparation, and Raih could be swayed by that possibility at his alma mater.

3.  There are still other issues with position coaches that we don't need to get into, but suffice it to say I don't think that filling the QB/WR roles and potentially rejiggering the coaches' table for a Reese Morgan retirement is definitively the end of hires this season.