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#1 Re: Southern Miss » Would this be better? » 2019-06-29 06:18:02

Mao Tse-gore wrote:

allows 4 open slots for freelance games of conquest


#3 Re: Southern Miss » New NFLNetwork TV deal... » 2019-06-14 08:16:30

Noodles wrote:

Think the NFL Network is covering production. It's a tier three contract. Not bad for what it is, and the exposure is pretty great. Recruits should love the sound of the NFL Network.

I hope you're correct about the production costs. As far as exposure, I don't think it really matters. Streaming is becoming such a common thing, that I don't think a 16-18 year old recruit would thing twice about watching a game streamed on Netflix vs watching a game on the NFL Network. It's such common practice for them, I just don't think it has an affect. Dan Patrick was talking the other day about the NFL wanting to hurry up and negotiate their next TV contract because this would be the last NFL contract where traditional carriers are serious bidders. Beyond that, the Netflix/Amazon Prime bidders of the world would take over.

The most concerning part to me is the money, or lack thereof, involved. We are getting further and further behind. The American's new television deal is supposedly gonna be worth about $7 million per school, per year. How much is our total payout? A few hundred K? That's just too big of a gap to sustain for very long. We aren't talking about the gap between us and the SEC schools, we're talking about the gap between us and Memphis, Tulane, Houston, etc. It won't take too many years before their facilities are exponentially better than ours. If we can't compete with Tulane and Memphis, then why is there any hope of renewed interest going forward?

#4 Southern Miss » New NFLNetwork TV deal... » 2019-06-13 14:44:03

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Is gonna be worth about 40K per team. Not even sure if that'll cover production costs: … 6321408000

#5 Re: Southern Miss » #6forheisman » 2019-06-07 08:14:24

AndreWhere wrote:

Can't remember the last time USM beat those guys. It wasn't when Fine was around.

UNT has a 7-6 lead all-time. Last USM win was 2015. TTT … orth-texas

#6 Re: Southern Miss » The state of the Southern Miss baseball program » 2019-06-04 16:25:34

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

You probably need to let the emotions of the last 24 hours pass before getting a completely unbiased answer. I would say we are not a top 30 nationally ranked program just based on winning a down CUSA and beating a middle of the road AZ St program twice. Top 40 is more accurate. This was a great ending to a season that was completely inconsistent where we underachieved. If you give credit to Berry for running the CUSA tournament and getting in his fourth consecutive NCAA you have to also give him credit for his efforts with losing three of our last series, two against teams with losing records, that put us in a must win situation at the end. You can also add terrible series against FIU, UTSA and South Alabama.

A fair assessment would be to apply where our program is today compared to schools like Houston, ECU and Louisville, for example. If the results of 10 years of Scott Berry were applied at those comparable institutions he would no longer be employed at any of those programs. In fact, Berry should have been released in 2015 after missing his fourth straight regional.

Can Scott Berry take us to the next level? I have 10 years of results that say no. If you want next level, it actually starts with our new AD and setting a new expectation that winning a poor conference and making a regional isn't enough. Lucky Charm told him it was enough under his watch, and even gave him a new contract after missing 4 tourneys in a row.

You need to treat baseball like you treated football in the state of Mississippi prior to the creation of CUSA. We should be getting every single kid with talent that the SEC just doesnt have enough room for. Marrchant Kenney said it best when he was recruited by USM. If you don't get an offer from a top SEC program, you go to Southern Miss to prove them wrong.

Berry is complacent at 57 years old riding out this low pressure gig that pays him six figures living in a low cost state like MS. He isn't a young, hungry, want to make some noise guy that is going to catch top programs off guard. He is like all these older coaches that have that entitlement syndrome simply based on number of years, not number of national wins and regional skins on the wall.

He is the Jeff Bower of baseball. He will get you a CUSA title and make a bowl game, but you won't see him progressing a program to a top 20 power.

I think we are pretty much in agreement on most things.

Where do you rank the Southern Miss Baseball program nationally? 
Probably around 40th. We just haven't had enough post season success to be ranked any higher. One Regional title in history just isn't anything special.

Are you happy with where it ranks?
No. I would like to see us rise to at least 30th thru more post season success. I think it would be damn near impossible to get much higher than 30th while we're stuck in CUSA.

If not, do you think Scott Berry is going to be able to elevate the program to the level you think is achievable?
No. At this point, I think we've seen the ceiling with Berry.

What suggestions do you have for things that need to be done in order to elevate the program?
A few things:
1. I know this is a broken record, but we've got to get out of CUSA. Either get into the American or reform a new conference with a combination of CUSA/Sunbelt schools. There is some serious baseball potential with either option.
2. We need to improve our facilities, especially from a player's amenities perspective. Lafayette just spent like $17 million on their baseball stadium. La Tech is about to get a new stadium. Tulane has better facilities. We have got to invest to keep up with the Jones.
3. This conference is too weak to not play a tough OOC schedule. We won 2/3rds of our conference games, yet our RPI still wasn't good enough for an at-large bid, thus we had to win the conference tournament. We need to schedule better non-conference series. Playing State, Ole Miss, USA is a good base, but teams like Purdue, Gonzaga, Holy Cross don't move the needle for fans/recruits nor do they prepare the team for post season or boost the RPI. We need to get more regional caliber teams added to the schedule. 

I think all 3 of these things will help with recruiting, which in baseball is ultimately what determines success.

#7 Southern Miss » The state of the Southern Miss baseball program » 2019-06-03 15:10:36

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Where do you rank the Southern Miss Baseball program nationally?
Are you happy with where it ranks?
If not, do you think Scott Berry is going to be able to elevate the program to the level you think is achievable?
What suggestions do you have for things that need to be done in order to elevate the program?

#8 Re: Southern Miss » NCAA Regionals » 2019-05-28 10:42:37

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

Paired with UGA who has FAU as a 4 seed

FAU is the 2 seed in Athens:

1. Georgia
4. Mercer

3. Florida State
2. FAU

#9 Re: Southern Miss » 2019 football schedule predictions » 2019-05-07 10:19:41

AndreWhere wrote:

Week 1: vs. Alcorn State: Win
Week 2: at MS State: Loss
Week 3: at Troy: Loss.
Week 4: at Bama: Loss
Week 5: vs. UTEP: Win. Just not a good opponent.

If we start 1-3, I believe you'd be able to use a child's abacus to count the attendance for that UTEP game. It'll likely be played in a Tropical Storm too because we're overdue for that.

#10 Re: Southern Miss » Reality of New Stadiums and Arenas in small towns...... » 2019-04-26 08:52:35

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

RGC is too big for a school our size.

I don't think anybody will argue with you about this point. It just needs a massive overhaul to increase the fan experience. We can actually decrease capacity a pretty good bit by replacing all the bench seating with Loge Boxes and chairbacks. Tack on some new restrooms and it'll be fine for another 20 years.

Speaking of "too big for a school our size", I'd also say The Rock's capacity is too large. It would be a much better atmosphere if capacity were down around 28-30k. Replacing all the bench seating in the lower levels with chairbacks would help. Attendance is dropping across the country. It's a better experience to attend games at smaller venues with a packed house, than larger venues with thousands of empty seats.

#11 Re: Southern Miss » Prayers Up...... » 2019-04-11 07:47:23

AndreWhere wrote:

How about Byron Smith from Prairie View?

I think we're full on our former SWAC coach quota.

#12 Re: Southern Miss » USM Introduction of New AD » 2019-04-08 20:36:02

Black Diamond Reb wrote:

" To The Top! "

" We want to be the best G5 program in the country."

" To The Top of The Middle! "

Hell, I’d be ecstatic if we could rise up to being the tallest midget.

#13 Re: Southern Miss » One Billion Dollars...... » 2019-03-19 15:59:44

That's a great deal right now, but 12 years is a long time especially considering how rapidly television/streaming options are changing. That seems like a bit of gamble by both the AAC & ESPN.

12 years prior to today, the iPhone hadn't even been released.

#14 Re: Southern Miss » USM @ Mississippi State baseball: game three » 2019-02-25 12:20:09

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

Seen lots of criticism on the defense, rightfully so. Just don’t discount the suns impact on those last two plays. I couldn’t follow the damn ball from my family room so I imagine it had some impact on the field.

The balls we lost in the sun weren't scored as errors. So without those plays, we still made 7 errors in the series. State made none. It was the difference in the series.

#15 Re: Southern Miss » Baseball Alert..... » 2019-02-21 19:38:52

Saturday’s weather has a chance for severe storms. I imagine we’ll be playing a DH on Sunday

#16 Re: Southern Miss » How is our Volleyball Complex Coming Along? » 2019-02-21 09:22:15

AndreWhere wrote:

IPFs seem to start around $15 million (SC's)

That article is 4 years old. It'd be tough to build one at today's costs for less than $20 million. So basically, our entire athletic budget. Then the issue of where to put it. The only logical place seems to be on top of one of the 2 current practice fields, thus leaving you with only 1 outdoor field. Doesn't seem ideal but I would take if it meant we could get an IPF.

#18 Re: Southern Miss » 86-42 » 2018-12-17 09:31:47

We have a lot of other issues that need to be addressed prior to Women's basketball. As long as she's cheap and we have a respectable CUSA finish, who cares.

#19 Re: Southern Miss » Basketball opens 2018-19 season with exciting win » 2018-11-07 09:53:37

AndreWhere wrote:

"to be determined"

TBD was Southeastern Baptist. It's some tiny little "college" in Laurel. Ridiculous team to ever schedule!

#20 Re: Southern Miss » Enrollment figures » 2018-09-14 08:31:18

It's definitely a step in the right direction. We need enrollment to increase several years in a row to see a measurable impact. Hopefully we can continue this trend

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