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  1. As a tax guy, this is my interpretation as well. Donations that are required to purchase seats are not tax deductible. I would imagine if they don't end up playing and season ticket holders still "donate" the same amount that would be tax deductible. You have to actually get some kind of benefit for it not to be tax deductible. I'd also encourage folks with the means to make a decent amount of charitable contributions, but who otherwise are not itemizing their deductions to look into using a donor advised fund to lump a few years with of charitable donations into one year such that you can itemize that one year. Example, let's say I'm married and together with my wife our state & local taxes (real estate, personal property, and state income taxes) exceed $10,000. Under the new law, our deduction for state and local taxes is capped at that $10k. Since our standard deduction is $24.4k*, that means we'd want over $14.4k in other deductions to itemize**. The only other itemized deductions that most people use are mortgage interest and charity. Let's say my mortgage interest is another $8k and I usually give $4k to charity each year. That's going to put me at $22k in itemized deductions or just $2.2k short of the standard deduction. Sucks that I get no real tax benefit from taxes, mortgage interest and charity. However, if instead of making $4k in charitable contributions each year for 3 years, I put $12k into a donor advised fund my charitable contributions are $12k for this year and I'd itemize my deductions with $30k in total deductions. Then I can spread out when charitable organizations of my choice actually get the funds over the same 3 years (or whenever I want) by paying them out of the donor advised fund to charities over time. You still take the standard deduction 2 of 3 years, but the total amount of deductions you get over the 3 year period are more and you aren't "wasting" the tax benefit of the charitable donations as much. * - this is indexed for inflation so it will go up tp $24.8k in 2020 ** - there are some circumstances where you may itemize to save on state taxes even if you are slightly below the standard deduction
  2. If you're just looking to buy a Billiken face mask, Google is your friend. Here is the first link that came up for me: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/billiken+masks
  3. Verbal Commits retweeted the NMH tweet I posted with a comment about SLU offering him. I'm pretty sure they are basing their assertion that we offered Brumbaugh solely on the poorly worded NMH tweet.
  4. This is the tweet that everyone seems to be using the indicate we offered Brumbaugh: This tweet is poorly worded / confusing. Given the accompanying graphic, I'm reading it as though SLU offered Avery Brown and Brown University offered Rowan Brumbaugh separately. Not that Brown and SLU offered both of them. I think this is valid because Brumbaugh himself put out a tweet about getting an offer from Brown, but did not put out a tweet about getting an offer from SLU. Likewise, Avery Brown put out his own tweet about the SLU offer, but has not tweeted about an offer from Brown University. If you think differently @Pistol, you are the expert so I'll defer to you.
  5. Even if you don't think Goodwin will wear down by playing too many minutes, you want to avoid injury and also want to develop other players as well. If we're blowing teams out (up 20+ in the second), Goodwin shouldn't play much to #1 avoid injury at a time he isn't even needed and #2 get some younger guys extra playing time / experience. These things and him playing 30+ minutes are not necessarily mutually exclusive. He'll probably play 20-25 minutes even if we absolutely destroy another team. Meanwhile he's likely to play nearly 40 minutes in close games. We're likely to have less overall blowouts than close games, so his average will be 30+. I don't think we will see him average 35+ minutes though because I do expect some blow outs.
  6. I followed him after I saw the offer and he accepted. He has 99 followers and here are the notable ones: Jim Fenerty - AC at Temple Jim Platt (!) - Director of Player Development at Tulsa Kyle Griffin - AC at LaSalle David Patrick - UC Riverside HC Michael Lecak - AC at UC Riverside Dave Paulsen - George Mason HC Maurice Jopseh - AC George Mason Jason Slay - Youngstown State associate HC Vic Sfera - AC at Charlotte Marcus Conrad - Charlotte Director of Scouting Vince Walden - Texas A&M DBO Tony Bergeron - AC at UMass Brian Kennedy - NJIT HC Joe Gutowski - AC at NJIT Ryan Wahlen - AC at St. Peters Chester Frazier - AC at Va Tech Cody Hyatt - Texas DBO Mike Schrage - Elon HC A bunch of fan accounts follow as well mostly from the schools above, but also a UConn fan account.
  7. No sarcasm - this upcoming season could actually be Fordham’s best team in over a decade, but they’ll still finish close to last in the league and definitely have a ticket punched for the Wednesday Night pillow fight (A10 play in games). They should be ahead of GW and battling w St Joes and LaSalle for 11th - 13th.
  8. Got it. In retrospect, I'm not sure how a could have assumed that spending had to be equal because it would be near impossible for women's sports to match football spending. I'm a true MBM. Title IX is a lot less progressive than I thought.
  9. I was sort of in this camp. I felt like a possible worst case scenario for Gibson was a Drew Diener type. He showed that he's much better than that with only 10 games as a freshman. His defense was better than I expected and not necessarily a liability, but he's not great on D. It helps that we have some pretty elite defenders to help cover up other guys (French & Goodwin).
  10. I'm not knocking it, but I'd imagine Title IX has a lot to do with this, correct? My understanding of Title IX is that schools have to spend just as much money on women's sports as they do on men's sports (and have the same number of sports programs for men and women). Power 5 football generates a ton of revenue, but there is also a ton of expenses that go into fielding a Power 5 football team. These schools have to match those expenses somewhere on the women's side and the women's sports are all way less expensive than football. Therefore, most Power 5 women's sports programs are going to be elite and have gigantic budgets compared to their non Power 5 / no football counterparts.
  11. Assuming fans are allowed at games, SLU should absolutely have a game honoring Justin Love. Have Billiken hardhats be the giveaway with Justin’s number on them and raise money for a heart disease charity throughout the game. Video montage of his career highlights and teammates talking about him at halftime. Etc. Let’s do it @Brian Kunderman
  12. Holy sh*t. This is incredibly sad. @The House That Rick Built just posted early this morning that they had a re-watch of the 2000 SLU/Cincinatti game with former Billiken Justin Love and @billikenfan05 that they are going to put up on YouTube. Going to be incredibly difficult to watch that now and keep dry eyes.
  13. We actually already had this conversation way back on pages 1 and 2 of this very same thread. Here is my post on the topic outlining some father-son pairs who went to the same school: I actually stupidly missed the Luechtefelds when talking about SLU in my post. My takeaway remains the same. It happens sometimes and other times it doesn't. I don't think the father-son thing is ever the primary reason a recruit chooses or does not chose a certain school.
  14. The lack of blood* is made up for with pretty much every other bodily fluid / excretion in Majerus stories. * - with the exception of the Lisch bloody face, but I can't remember if that was Majerus era.
  15. Haha. I was actually thinking of a way you could get the Tarantino format to work on the Podcast. The dream would be put all of the Majerus stories together from various Majerus era guys (Evans, Ellis, BIancardi, Daly, etc.). Take the crazy stories and kind of chop them up and put them into an order that makes it really fun. Basically an oral history of the Majerus era in Tarantino format.
  16. I think it would have been better to just do the Colin (@The House That Rick Built) and @billikenfan05 segment first and then have all of your stuff together as another segment instead of being split up into little chunks and dropped in kind of randomly. Edit: Again, love the content and appreciate trying different things, I just don't care for the choppiness.
  17. I'm listening to episode 77 now and not watching so I had no idea what the hell was going on until I decided to look at the YouTube and see if the same thing was happening. I assumed it first you had screwed something up with the editing. Not a fan of the random snippets from @Pistol interspersed in the episode. To be clear, I like having Pistol on there, but not the way you edited the episode. It is way too choppy and the breaks in what he's saying aren't natural. IMO episodes should be clear and straightforward rather than confusing the listener by jumping back and forth between an interview about recruiting and the other stuff you and Zach are talking about. This is a basketball podcast, not a Tarantino film.
  18. This is definitely now the team to root for even though I'm kind of disgusted by the tweet TBT put out that made it seem like Bess was an MSU grad.
  19. I’m loathe to even reply here, but last time I checked Corey Tate was a black dude.
  20. Jamall Walker was just hired by Grand Canyon in April. Would it be out of the ordinary or reflect poorly on him if he left a few months after taking the job there? I also wonder how much he's getting paid at GCU and if SLU could come close to matching that. GCU (for profit) is known to pump money into their basketball program as a way to make their fake university seem more legitiimate (don't get @Pistol started on it). I like the idea of a former Billiken player as an AC and I think a lot of others do as well. In that regard, I wonder if we're overrating Walker as a good candidate. First, the timing may not be right - see above. Second, Walker has been an AC for a while and has rarely been a part of winning programs or successful HCs. Losing seasons at Ball State under Tim Buckley, Brads underachieving final year at SLU, a middling year at Murray State under Billy Kennedy, and some success with Groce at Ohio, but than failure at IU under Groce. Third, it seems like his recruiting area is St. Louis and we have that covered very well with Tate already.
  21. That seems like a really long gap. That's what, like 10 years with no 13s? This make me wonder if #13 wasn't sort of unofficially retired by Spoon (and perhaps continued by Romar / the AD), but then it was forgotten about later. Although with 13 scholarship players each year plus a couple of walk-ons, I guess the odds of any one number being taken in a given year are pretty low and #13 is considered unlucky. Claggs on near the top of my list of guys who should have their #s/jerseys retired or honored or whatever you want to call it.
  22. Bailey bio on SLUBillikens.com specifically talks about him developing guards:
  23. That's a bummer. After listening to Ford Stuen's interview on the House that Rick Build podcast, you got the idea that this staff was really cohesive and Stuen really talked up Bailey (and Tate) as great ACs. At the same time, it says something good about our program when our ACs are being picked off by "Power" schools (first Macon and now Bailey) and I'm sure helps in hiring that ACs know they have potential to advance their careers at SLU. I trust Ford to make a good hire for the replacement. All of his hires so far seem to have worked out fairly well. Hiring Stuen which kind of seemed like nepotism on the surface looks like a fantastic hire now in hindsight. Best of luck to Coach Bailey in the future. Any ideas of who might be added to replace him? I wonder if Ray Giacoletti slides over the "assistant to the head coach" to just a normal AC. Seems like with Tate sidelined with the broken leg and unable to do as much recruiting, Giacoletti ended up functioning more like a normal AC in that role this past season anyways.
  24. K-State was very mediocre (for the Big 12) last season - 11-21, last in the Big 12, 90th in KenPom - and is projected to be about the same or worse this coming season after losing their top 3 scorers & rebounders to graudation or transfer. They'll be young, but they really need the young players to mature quickly and live up to their potential or they're in trouble. Sure they made an Elite Eight run in 2018 and they had a nice year in 2018-19 and nabbed a #4 seed, but were bounced in the 1st round of the NCAAs by UC-Irvine. However, they need to reverse the downward trend or risk getting buried. Past success becomes ancient history very quickly in college ball (see SLU during the Crews years). The 3 star recruits that Weber typically brings in aren't often going to be able to compete in the Big 12 with the likes of Kansas, Baylor (under Scott Drew), West Virginia (under Huggins) and Texas Tech (under Beard). I'd even put them behind Oklahoma (Lon Kruger) and Texas (Shaka Smart) in the current typical Big 12 pecking order. They're probably on par with Oklahoma State, TCU (Dixon) and Iowa St (Prohm) and not definitively better than anyone. The Big 12 has gotten much tougher since Weber has been there. Some players with their sights set on a Power 5 school that can't get a better P5 offer will go to K State, but a lot of players aren't going to want to play for a team that is almost always second fiddle in conference and often in the cellar.
  25. We don't have any spots left, but I wanted to post this since he was mentioned in this thread. It would appear that Phillip Russell is still looking for a landing spot. 4 scenarios where this may be relevant to SLU: 1. Linssen and/or Lorentsson end up not returning /coming to the US because of COVID and a 2020 scholarship is available. 2. Russell goes JUCO and is a potential recruit in 2022 3. Russell takes a prep year and is a potential recruit in 2021. 4. Russell decides to walk-on I have no inside info. I'm not sure any of those are remotely likely.
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