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Pudman last won the day on July 15 2022

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  1. Pudman

    Travel Thread

    I am in India for an IU trip and have been meeting with IU alumni here. They are amazing and so gracious. I had a lot of great conversations about IU basketball! One asked if I was excited about Rice! if any of you come to India, you should definitely meet with the IU alumni here!
  2. Pudman

    College Bball Thread

    Well, I'll be rooting for Purdue to win it all for my father-in-law. He is a diehard Purdue fan, who probably hasn't missed but a few games since 1968. Sadly, he is missing this tournament. He had a mental breakdown, which could be Alzheimer's, and is in a hospital that won't allow him to watch TV, and we don't know when he'll get out, or if ever. I missed getting his texts during the game. I kept checking my phone out of habit, just hoping to see his thoughts come across my screen. Sigh. Well, I hope they win it all for him. I am not a praying man, but I'd sure love some good vibes sent my father-in-law's way!
  3. Pudman

    Fire Coach Woodson Thread

    This 100%. Sports and basketball aside, Bucker is liked by the Governor and the IU Administration, and has the respect of many IU Faculty. I don't see him stepping down or going away anytime soon. One thing that surprises me, or perhaps doesn't, is that the IU faculty have been mute regarding IU athletics in general. Honestly, most are pretty apathetic to it, which I think is really unfortunately. I sure wish that my colleagues would care and see the value that it brings to the institution, when we have strong teams. As a faculty leader, I was surprised how many simply did not care when Scott Dobson gave the annual athletics report to the Bloomington Faculty Council. There seemed to be zero interest during his report. During that report, I really wanted to chime in and ask about the state of IU basketball, e.g. Woodson's tenure with IU, but I imagined that it would have been batted away, and my faculty colleagues would have seen my response as a nuisance. One interesting thing that Dolson mentioned was that IU was focused and committed to improving football, and even said that roughly 85% of athletics revenue across the US comes from football. This seems to be quite true, especially when you see that IU is consistently at the bottom of the Big10 for athletics revenue. So, folks, looks like we might be becoming a football school. Sigh. Good thing for revenue, but a sad thing for a fan like me that prefers basketball. But, I must ask, why can't we be both!?!?!
  4. Regardless of the outcome, this team is fun to watch. The wife and I haven’t missed watching a game this year. So enjoyable.
  5. Pudman

    Fire Coach Woodson Thread

    Since there have been some conversations here about the role of the Board of Trustees this post is hopefully relevant. Indiana Senate bill 202 just passed the Indiana Senate today and is being sent to the House. Regardless of whether you agree with the content, one provision could substantially impact athletics on our campus. Right now, 7 trustees are appointed by the governor and 2 by alumni. The bill proposes that alumni will have no say. Instead those 2 appointees will be made 1 by the Senate and 1 by the House. I could see this being a bad thing perhaps for athletics, and allow substantially less flexibility where decisions about hiring and firing could be made. Just some food for thought.
  6. Pudman

    IUBB @ Rutger - Tuesday, 01.09.24 @ 7:00 on Peacock

    At least there’s IUWBB to root for this season. I’ll still watch and root for the men’s team, but the women…hot dam, the know how to hoop.
  7. Pudman

    Cutting the Cord

    Now that I am in my 40s, I figure it’s about time to stopping using my parents cable to watch IU basketball. Not to mention the fact that they moved, and their cable service won’t show me games not in their region for some channels. Anyone got a favorite out there for watching college basketball and which has BTN? Hoping to subscribe to one service to catch all then IU games, except for Peacock, which I’ve already got. Was thinking Hulu with live TV.
  8. Pudman

    2023-2024 IUBB Schedule

    I got season tickets last year after being on the waitlist for one year too. I hadn’t built up any priority points at the time. This year, I had about 90 points and was in the 90th percentile for point total, so I got the exact same seats as last year. But, I also bought football season tickets, which will add an additional 125 points starting next year. That would have put me in the 70th percentile. So I suspect next year I’ll have closer seats, but who knows. Seems like it takes a lot of time, or donation money, to really move up. This year, for example, I donated 500 bucks, and that was only worth 50 points. So, football tickets give a big boost, but it’s too bad they didn’t apply to this years total!
  9. Pudman

    College Bball Thread

    Interesting...well, we've done much better generating revenue over the past few years. I created this report a few years back up until 2019 using data from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. I just haven't got around to updating it - https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/chamccoy/viz/NCAARevenues/Conference-Year. I teach a class where students make Tableau visualizations, and we use these datasets to create a similar report.
  10. I was at the Illinois vs IU game, and the row directly behind my seats this year is the start of one of the student sections. Just before tip off, the video with Isiah Thomas played. A student behind me said, “I’ve always wondered who that guy is?” Without skipping a beat, her friend said, “duh, that’s Calbert Cheaney, one of the best IU basketball players of all time.” She said it so confidently that I didn’t have the heart to correct her.
  11. Pudman

    Season Ticket Renewal

    Thanks so much! My wife has been reminding me to donate for months now, and I figured I'd missed the chance. Thankfully I haven't.
  12. So, I just got a message that I can renew my men's basketball season tickets. This will be my second year with season tickets. I was given advice that if I want to get my seats moved up, that I should donate some money. Doesn't have to be a ton of money, just some. Has anyone done this before? Just curious, because there are a number of funds and campaigns that I can donate too. Also, does anyone know if I donate now, would that be considered when seat selection is determined? Any advice would be welcome!
  13. Pudman

    IU Schools

    @Chris007 finding a job with an Informatics degree here in Bloomington is not hard at all. Our job placement rate for the 2022 class was about 95% found a job within 6 months of graduations and the starting salary was around 70K. I've never met a student with solid grades, >3.0 that didn't have a job before graduation. Actually, most of the student have a job in hand after their summer internship going into their senior year. Our career services office is stellar, and students are encouraged to work with them starting their freshmen year. I know I might be a little biased as a faculty member, but I think that we do a fantastic job.
  14. Pudman

    IU Schools

    @Chris007 I am a Luddy faculty member in the Informatics department, so I am pretty in the know :) I'd be more than happy to set up a meeting with you and your kid to chat about Luddy. I love recruiting and meeting with prospective students. Actually, my very first job years ago with in the IU Office of Admissions, so I am also able to speak quite broadly about IU academics in general. Feel free to shoot me a DM and I'd be happy to set something up. Also, when are you coming? I'll be out recruiting high schools students overseas until April 17th, so if you are coming after that, then great! If not, I could put in contact with some stellar Luddy faculty for you to chat with. Just let me know!