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Cleveland State and the edge of tomorrow

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I think this is wake up call to the wrestling community. Hard work, dedication and motivation does not always prevail. The facts of All Americans coming out of the Cleveland area are not relevant because they don't wrestle for Cleveland State. 

 

When need people to step up with big financial contribution. We have a market segment of working class to middle class families. Blue collar people. We need the sacrifice of a few so that many will preserve it. Examples would be ASU are fully endowed with a big contribution. The goal should be to preserve and endow. Not to stop the bleeding. 

 

I saw some interesting statistics on ESPN about the NCAA. Viewing was up 10 percent from last year, with a total 694,000 viewers. And had 1.65 millions minutes viewed on WatchEspn app. The largest viewing city? Oklahoma City. In Fact OKC, and Tulsa have switched as the number one viewing for the last six years. The state of Oklahoma is the top state in viewing 6 years. 

 

Wrestling is the 6th most popular sport in high school with a total of girls and boys participation at 270,000.  

 

There are a total of 222 college programs in all divisions 1-3 ( 79 I/ 55 II/ 88 III) and about to be stay the same with the addition of FSU and dropping of CSU

 

Now your wondering why is this important? Its not. That's the point. Everyone wants to talk title 9, and AD's and whatever else comes up. Athletics is a business plain and simple. We ( wrestling fans, wrestlers) need to help ourselves. We have people we can go to, there are banks with money waiting to be loaned. We need to start taking responsibility for our programs.

 

We need to hold smaller programs accountable just like the big programs. How do we do that. I think three areas are very important. 

 

Performance- No one is going to watch if the team is not doing well. Performance is a big factor in staying around. Ohio State won four national titles. One was wrestling. Their first ever. The AD showed up for the trophy presentation. Tom Ryan has the AD staff believing in wrestling. Well Done. 

 

Coaching Hires/Selection and compensation- Everyone wants a big time coach. Who wouldn't. But there are a lot of guys out there that are busting their their tails and are doing well, and can DEVELOP wrestlers. I think that's the most important factor of a coach. Is development. Great example is Kevin Ward at Army. Did it on the Division 2 level and now he has made an IMMEDIATE impact at West Point. Compensation is a key factor is drawing in coaches and that comes from funding. Who wants to make 30k coaching wrestling? No one. And no good coach is going to take that offer when they know there is something better. Compensation is a huge factor for our sport right now. How much does the lowest football coach make on a team, probably about 3X as much as the worst school in Div. 1. 

 

Academics/ Public Image- wrestling does not do well on the academic side of the mat. It doesn't do itself any favors when the national average as a whole is bringing down the whole image of wrestling. We need to tighten the ole headgear up in the classroom.  Part of the reason is because wrestling spans two semesters. That is not good for grade point averages, especially when march is near the end of the spring semester.  

 

Of course we need to write letters, and send well written opinions on why wrestling matters to cleveland state, and the area and what wrestling has done for each and everyone of us. But the VALUE of the sport, and what it does for the individual involved. 

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There can be some rules adjustments to make wrestling more interesting for casual fans.  Changing the NCAA season also helps get youth and HS wrestlers in the stands as well.  Make the duals more important also helps get butts in the stands.

 

But this isn't the 1980's anymore to where a university will fund a sport because there is a demand to compete in it.  A coach today is more adminstrator than coach and he has to sell his program.

 

But....the gap between the rich and the poor has grown even larger.  Schools with massive football and basketball profits can throw much more money towards their wrestling program to get bigger results but remember, every wrestling program loses money.  The university that makes a larger financial committment and throws the entire weight of the marketing departments behind their program.  That makes it much easier for the coach to raise financial contributions towards coaching salaries or their RTC.

 

Endowments are not the answer either.  For CSU, it would take the minimum of 7.5 million to fully endow them.  That is for 9.9 scholarships and a little over 200K in coaching salaries (which isn't much).  You still have the issue of lack luster training facilities, a very small operating budget (while the big programs have closets full of free wrestling shoes) and zero financial aid allottments from the university.  Nevermind the fact that the room still doesn't have senior level guys to train with.  Programs that can be used as examples?  Bucknell and Franklin and Marshall.  The endowment money is helping but only a little bit and both programs are far from being fully funded, in fact both are probably operating at 30% of Lehigh.  Lehigh's scholarships and coaching base salaries come from the university which makes fundraising for the extra stuff much easier.

 

A national endowment wouldn't work either.  Let's just say hypothetically you could raise 10 million a year and your national endowment comes swooping in to save CSU.  AD's all across the country will see that and cut their funding because they know there is a sugar daddy out there to save the program.

 

Cornell is an exception because the university supports wrestling in more ways than one, the university created an environment for a good coach to succeed (in more ways than one).  Unless wrestling can become a revenue generating sport, it is doomed.  Some people already think it is dead.  I think it is a realistic prediction that in 30 years, we will have only 30 teams slugging it out.

 

We have seen a little of this here in PA.  With PSU becoming a dominant force and the fact it is PA's premier state school, PSU has drastically hurt the fundraising and attendence of almost every other wrestling program in the state.  Since everyone wants to be attached to a winner, I know several former college wrestlers who wrestled in this state who only attend PSU matches and donate money to PSU wrestling....but they never went to PSU!!!!  PSU camps have also hurt almost every other college program camp in the state and of course Chertow (but who cares about that one).

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Not sure if this has been posted or not, but Parry is 150% all about Lacrosse.

 

 

From Laxmagazine.com: Parry has an extensive lacrosse background, having played the sport while in college at Brown, having hired Dom Starsia as Brown coach in 1983 when Parry was athletic director there and having been Butler AD when that lacrosse program started in 1993 (The program was cancelled by his successor in 2007.) Parry's wife is currently the assistant women's coach at Baldwin-Wallace, a Division III team in Ohio, and Parry has had two stints on the NCAA men's lacrosse committee

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Not sure if this has been posted or not, but Parry is 150% all about Lacrosse.

 

 

From Laxmagazine.com: Parry has an extensive lacrosse background, having played the sport while in college at Brown, having hired Dom Starsia as Brown coach in 1983 when Parry was athletic director there and having been Butler AD when that lacrosse program started in 1993 (The program was cancelled by his successor in 2007.) Parry's wife is currently the assistant women's coach at Baldwin-Wallace, a Division III team in Ohio, and Parry has had two stints on the NCAA men's lacrosse committee

I am curious why Bulter dropped it since it would have been a better fit for Butler. Maybe Butler's administration, with a request from the wrestling community, will share their lessons learned with the Cleveland State administration.

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