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  1. There is a very sizable African American middle and upper class population in this metro area that none of the professional teams or the Billikens have been able to tap successfully.  The NBA wouldn’t have that problem, plus the NBA would automatically be the most attractive option for national corporate dollars in this town. A NBA team would make money in St. Louis.  The problem is there are markets with with either less competition, larger population bases and/or more corporate dollars where owners think they could make more money.


  2. 3 hours ago, HoosierPal said:

    I'm agreeing with you, and he brings some veteran, "been there, done that" experience.  I don't know if he starts, but he should be on the squad.

    Plus, we are in a group with England and Wales.  It would make sense to have a guy that is very familiar with defending against the players on those two rosters.

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  3. 2 hours ago, ARon said:

    Bob Iger probably has the inside track on buying the team. And no I don't expect anyone, including Dr. C would move them from PHX to STL.

    Iger doesn't have a high enough net worth to buy out Sarver's 35% stake in the Suns.  We are talking about forking over $800 million on the extremely low end.  

  4. 19 hours ago, billikenfan05 said:

    I mean none of them read this board. I’m sure of that. These teams stink 

    Players and staff read the board.  Many of them would never admit, but it is basic human nature to want to know what others are saying about you.

  5. 26 minutes ago, 3star_recruit said:

    Meanwhile, Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Villanova and other schools smaller than SLU -- who are more closely aligned with the economy in terms of curriculum and geography -- zoomed right past us.  And as I pointed out, their endowment per student is larger.

    You can point to those examples, that doesn't explain why UMass, Gonzaga, Marquette, Buffalo, Auburn, Illinois Chicago,  Worcester, Iowa State, San Diego and Elon have all zoomed right past SLU.

  6. 8 minutes ago, 3star_recruit said:

    With the economy shifting to tech and finance over the last couple decades, we've seen the rise of small schools with proximity to those business centers.  In most cases their endowments are larger than SLU's on a per student basis.

    SLU's endowment per student is larger than Georgetown.  Among it's peers in the US News national university rankings SLU's endowment per student is in the top 40.  

  7. 5 minutes ago, AnkielBreakers said:

    A few years ago, I looked at rankings, and particularly where SLU used to fit. One consistent them is the number of Top 100-150 East coast, West coast, or Texas schools which I had previously never heard of. It felt like another example of how the economy changed and shifted jobs to the coasts. SLU will have to be dynamic to stay relevant. I think Pestello was a move in the right direction, and hopefully SLU keeps it up.

    Pestello has been at SLU for 8 years now.  During that time the school's academic ranking and endowment ranking have gone down.  The US News ranking problems started under Biondi and the largest drop happened under Biondi.  The endowment thing is more recent.

  8. 35 minutes ago, 3star_recruit said:

    The endowment arms race of the past couple of decades years has caused a lot of schools to sink in the rankings.  The top 50 is dominated by schools with strong ties to tech, the big law firms and Wall Street.

    SLU still has a top 100 endowment, but that has been dropping.  SLU's investment returns were some of the worst among endowments for the last year I could find.  

  9. 14 minutes ago, SLU_Lax said:

    Don’t get the Missouri S&T ranking. I’m a Purdue undergrad and much later SLU grad person, so no ties there. Just don’t get it as I always thought it was a good school. I guess it’s just not well rounded in the majors it offers outside of STEM. 

    I think your right.  I believe the have the top Aerospace Engineering program in the country.

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  10. 1 hour ago, thetorch said:

    Phil Jones tore his ACL just prior to his senior season. Given an 8 month rehab time he was back in 4 and helped lead his team at the end of the season.

    I'm not one these posters who believes we shouldn't mention anything like that, glass houses though.  The local AAU teams that we recruit from are riddled with known felons on their coaching staffs but a walk ons father did a short stint in an FBI witch hunt and we are now going to start being concerned about "character."  The father did very little if anything wrong and that has nothing to do with the son.  Don't punish him for his dad's crimes. 

    I don’t think anyone is concerned about it.  I’m not.  It was just the first thing I checked when I saw the name.  I don’t think people noticing it means they are concerned about the kid.  It is an interesting story.  It is especially interesting when you contrast what happened to his dad compared to what we have today across college sports.  The same federal court system that sent his dad to jail for helping direct money from shoe companies to college players has now decided that it is completely legal for those same shoe companies to sign those college players to endorsement deals and totally neutered the NCAA’s ability to enforce any rules when it comes to outside interest paying players.

  11. On 9/8/2022 at 5:11 PM, Lord Elrond said:

    Not sure about Ohio, but I bet the same thing is true there. If not, does anyone think the NCAA will go after them after they turned everything into a free for all?  Fungible is a good word for it

    The NCAA will keep on losing in court if they go after them.  People need to stop thinking of this stuff as improper.  Court after court has ruled it is legal.  Either you play the game or you get rolled.

    SLU needs a collective now.

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