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Sterling Cooper
04-01-2010, 05:12 PM
To give Gene Smith some credit--despite his rather disturbing PD interview--one can look to his hiring of the wrestling coach as shedding some very hopeful light and precedent on the situation. He let go a coach who had raised the program (and expectations) to the next level but had subsequently stagnated and slid back into mediocrity. The coach he hired has put together what's quickly becoming a perennial top 5 NCAA power.

redeagle
04-02-2010, 04:06 PM
These things do not necessarily mean anything, but I thought the timing was interesting from both the university's and Coach Blasi perspective.

http://www.muredhawks.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/040210aab.html

Puck Swami
04-02-2010, 04:27 PM
These things do not necessarily mean anything, but I thought the timing was interesting from both the university's and Coach Blasi perspective.

http://www.muredhawks.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/040210aab.html

Timing is everything in life. Funny how both Dean Blais and Rico Blasi both got nice extensions from their current employers the moment OSU started looking for a coach. If I am the AD at Miami, Id've locked up Rico, too!

Draighlicht
04-02-2010, 07:40 PM
Timing is everything in life. Funny how both Dean Blais and Rico Blasi both got nice extensions from their current employers the moment OSU started looking for a coach. If I am the AD at Miami, Id've locked up Rico, too!If nothing else Markell is good for the "economy" of some current coaches.:D

Sterling Cooper
04-03-2010, 01:46 AM
These things do not necessarily mean anything, but I thought the timing was interesting from both the university's and Coach Blasi perspective.

http://www.muredhawks.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/040210aab.html

Having gone to an actual university rather than an overgrown preppy boarding school, I may have missed something in that press release. That "something" is, how much money? We were already paying Markell over 100K more than Blasi was making under his old contract (266K to 140K and insert joke about wasted resources there), and we have a giant pot of gold (called The Big Ten Network) to tap into.

Don't worry. We're not your real fear. Your real fear is in Minneapolis, and they will come calling with a 600K salary very, very soon.

You know; I'm sitting on my couch watching the end of Mallrats. Suitor #1 is Minnesota. Suitor #2 is Ohio State. Miami of Ohio is the lame dude in the bad navy blazer on the end who believes he's the only one who deserves to be there, yet is bound for failure and irrelevance. Miami of Ohio is Suitor #3.

MUhawks628
04-03-2010, 01:53 AM
Having gone to an actual university rather than an overgrown preppy boarding school

I missed you.

redeagle
04-03-2010, 09:29 AM
Just to keep the record straight, Sterling should probably check out what was actually paid Coach Blasi by Miami in 2009.

davyd83
04-03-2010, 12:40 PM
We were already paying Markell over 100K more than Blasi was making under his old contract (266K to 140K and insert joke about wasted resources there), and we have a giant pot of gold (called The Big Ten Network) to tap into.

Got anything to back up those salary figures? I've seen several different numbers posted for both coaches.

MUhawks628
04-03-2010, 12:44 PM
Got anything to back up those salary figures? I've seen several different numbers posted for both coaches.

I can't seem to find anything more recent then 2008, I would assume it has gone up since, but he is right about the $140k. Another Miami poster might know first hand how much he is making now but I have no clue.

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/databases/salaries/miami-university?name=blasi

mcfarljd
04-03-2010, 01:01 PM
Last year Blasi was just under 220k, with Berg and Brekke around 90k.

http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/search-salaries-find-out-how-much-public-employees-made-in-2009-593148.html?cxntnid=dlh-031510&appSession=672233938779580

Huskiefan906
04-03-2010, 01:37 PM
Any idea if Steve Rohlik or Mel Pearson have been contacted by Ohio State.

davyd83
04-03-2010, 01:39 PM
Last year Blasi was just under 220k, with Berg and Brekke around 90k.

http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/search-salaries-find-out-how-much-public-employees-made-in-2009-593148.html?cxntnid=dlh-031510&appSession=672233938779580

I guess Mr Cooper's figures are less than Sterling.

Sterling Cooper
04-03-2010, 04:28 PM
I guess Mr Cooper's figures are less than Sterling.

Actually, they were correct for 2008, as shown by your own poster's link. I, however, was unaware of his recent raise. Congrats. That tells, me that Miami of Ohio has already shot their load hitting up alumni to fund a contract renegotiation, one that still came up 46K short of what we were paying Markell. Gonna be mighty hard to go back to that well when a real school shows up with real money. The only way that Miami of Ohio holds onto Blasi is if alumni loyalty trumps any financial considerations. That's conceivable, but let's see what Minnesota's resources--brand new packed football stadium and 22 million (and growing) per year in Big Ten Network money--are able to throw on the table.

It's going to really suck having to go up against Blasi at Minnesota in the BTHC.

redhawkman10
04-03-2010, 04:35 PM
Actually, they were correct for 2008, as shown by your own poster's link. I, however, was unaware of his recent raise. Congrats. That tells, me that Miami of Ohio has already shot their load hitting up alumni to fund a contract renegotiation, one that still came up 46K short of what we were paying Markell. Gonna be mighty hard to go back to that well when a real school shows up with real money. The only way that Miami of Ohio holds onto Blasi is if alumni loyalty trumps any financial considerations. That's conceivable, but let's see what Minnesota's resources--brand new packed football stadium and 22 million (and growing) per year in Big Ten Network money--are able to throw on the table.

It's going to really suck having to go up against Blasi at Minnesota in the BTHC.

Have trouble reading that article I see...:rolleyes:

If you were able to read it all, it states in there that the reason for the extension was because of significant alumni support. He got over an 80k raise last year for making it to the frozen four, gurantee you he gets another significant raise going into next year and his salary would exceed what Markell was making.

Really funny to keep seeing you proven wrong, but Im sure you will try your best to come up with something in return as a rebutle and will again be proven wrong. There is a common theme here, everyone notices it but you.

davyd83
04-03-2010, 04:51 PM
Actually, they were correct for 2008, as shown by your own poster's link. I, however, was unaware of his recent raise. Congrats. That tells, me that Miami of Ohio has already shot their load hitting up alumni to fund a contract renegotiation, one that still came up 46K short of what we were paying Markell. Gonna be mighty hard to go back to that well when a real school shows up with real money. The only way that Miami of Ohio holds onto Blasi is if alumni loyalty trumps any financial considerations. That's conceivable, but let's see what Minnesota's resources--brand new packed football stadium and 22 million (and growing) per year in Big Ten Network money--are able to throw on the table.

It's going to really suck having to go up against Blasi at Minnesota in the BTHC.

He just got another raise with the contract extension he signed this week. Being that he signed a new extension THIS WEEK, I think it is highly unlikely that he'll leave the Miami Valley for the banks of the Olentangy.

Sterling Cooper
04-03-2010, 05:10 PM
He just got another raise with the contract extension he signed this week. Being that he signed a new extension THIS WEEK, I think it is highly unlikely that he'll leave the Miami Valley for the banks of the Olentangy.

As do I. I've stated previously, that it would be a real long shot for Blasi to snub his alma mater and leave for an in-state and in-conference rival. That being said, if we really want Blasi, we do have the resources to put money on the table that Miami would not be able to match. Personally, I don't think it would really matter for the reasons above. All I want is for Ohio State to make a play for a top tier, young coach. If that's Blasi, so be it. If it's someone else, that's fine too. Just don't settle.

All hyperbole and smack aside, there's less than a 5% chance that Blasi would come to Ohio State, and that slim chance is completely contingent upon us opening up the bank in a way that we never have for hockey. If, however, Minnesota really wants Blasi, I'd put the odds much higher that you lose him.

Stauber1
04-03-2010, 05:43 PM
Actually, they were correct for 2008, as shown by your own poster's link. I, however, was unaware of his recent raise. Congrats. That tells, me that Miami of Ohio has already shot their load hitting up alumni to fund a contract renegotiation, one that still came up 46K short of what we were paying Markell. Gonna be mighty hard to go back to that well when a real school shows up with real money. The only way that Miami of Ohio holds onto Blasi is if alumni loyalty trumps any financial considerations. That's conceivable, but let's see what Minnesota's resources--brand new packed football stadium and 22 million (and growing) per year in Big Ten Network money--are able to throw on the table.

It's going to really suck having to go up against Blasi at Minnesota in the BTHC.

bwahahaha.....I take it you didn't see any of the games there this past season. You got the brand new part right, though.

FWIW, while I would love to see Blasi at Minnesota, I'd be shocked if anyone was able to hire him away from Miami.

thebrain
04-04-2010, 10:52 PM
bwahahaha.....I take it you didn't see any of the games there this past season. You got the brand new part right, though.

FWIW, while I would love to see Blasi at Minnesota, I'd be shocked if anyone was able to hire him away from Miami.

I believe Maturi hired him at Miami...

redhawkman10
04-05-2010, 08:11 AM
I believe Maturi hired him at Miami...

He did, and they have a great relationship. The Minnesota or Denver job's are the only two that scare me as a Miami fan.

osualum86
04-05-2010, 09:48 AM
To give Gene Smith some credit--despite his rather disturbing PD interview--one can look to his hiring of the wrestling coach as shedding some very hopeful light and precedent on the situation. He let go a coach who had raised the program (and expectations) to the next level but had subsequently stagnated and slid back into mediocrity. The coach he hired has put together what's quickly becoming a perennial top 5 NCAA power.

Sterling, excellent point about our wrestling coach. Gene Smith made a great hire on that one. If he can do the same with the hockey program, I think we'll all be very happy with the results! :)