Monthly Archives: September 2017

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology – v2.5

Updated through September 29. Next update: After October 1 matches.

AAC – [1] UCF*, [2] Cincinnati, South Florida
ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [3] Wake Forest, [4] Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia, Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech, NC State
America East – New Hampshire*
A10 – Saint Louis*
Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast*
Big 12 – [2] Texas*, [2] West Virginia
Big East – Georgetown*
Big Sky – Sacramento State*
Big South – Radford*
Big Ten – [3] Penn State, Michigan*, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota
Big West – Long Beach State*
CAA – Northeastern*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Northern Kentucky*
Ivy – [3] Princeton*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
MVC – Northern Iowa*
Mountain West – UNLV*
NEC – Bryant*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [3] Stanford*, [4] UCLA, Cal, Washington
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Florida, [4] Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
SoCon – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
SWAC – Alabama State*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – South Alabama*
WAC – Seattle*
WCC – [4] Pepperdine*, Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount

Last Eight IN: NC State, Loyola Marymount, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, South Florida, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Minnesota
Last Seven OUT: Memphis, Washington State, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Marquette, Hofstra

Multi-Bid Conferences

10 – ACC, SEC
8 – Big Ten
4 – Pac-12
3 – AAC, WCC
2 – Big 12

NWSL – What Do College Sport Marketing Students Think of the “Pass the Ball” Campaign?

So the NWSL came out with an ad featuring a collection of celebrities dubbed the “Pass the Ball” campaign. Fans on the internet had some spicy takes in reaction to the ad, with some serious negative feedback in some circles.

But what do college sport marketing students think of the ad? I showed the ad to about thirty of my sport marketing students and asked for their opinions. The students in question are upperclassmen, with more than a few soccer fans. Here’s what they said:

I thought it was a good advertisement. I really like the celebrity they chose. Also, the slogan is a good one.

I liked how males were in it too and that made it more effective for me

I liked the advertisement. I think it does a good job advertising women soccer

It works but it is a little cheesy, it would work better to show some highlights or maybe have some of the players talk too. It is not very outrageous or out there in a marketing sense.

I thought it was a nice ad that clearly stated what it was fighting for

The commercial has more of a feel good story instead of showing the talent of these female athletes that were being hyped up. To nail home the point, you need more than just celebrity testimonials.

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The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #28 – Gallows Humor

Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) return for Episode #28 of the WoSo Independent Podcast. There’s discussion of the USWNT’s two-game set with New Zealand, including Chris’ assessment of the team’s performance in the second match in Cincinnati and general comments on the direction of the program (and New Zealand’s) (1:52). They then move into the wave of pessimism that’s swept over the NWSL after revelations about FC Kansas City’s operations as well as long-term concern over the future of Boston and Seattle (19:00). Finally, they discuss the college season at the halfway point of the regular season, including some prospects to watch out for for NWSL Draft aficionados who have impressed early in the 2017 season including Duke’s Imani Dorsey and Florida’s Gabby Seiler (34:30).

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology – v2.0

Updated through September 24. Next update: After September 29 matches.

AAC – [1] UCF*, [2] Cincinnati, Memphis
ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [4] Notre Dame, [4] Wake Forest, Florida State, NC State, Clemson, Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech
America East – New Hampshire*
A10 – Saint Louis*
Big 12 – [2] West Virginia, [2] Texas*, Baylor
Big East – Georgetown*, Butler
Big Sky – Montana*
Big South – Radford*
Big Ten – [3] Penn State, Rutgers*, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Northwestern
CAA – Northeastern*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – [3] Princeton*
MAC – Kent State*
Mountain West – San Jose State*
NEC – Bryant*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [4] Stanford*, [4] UCLA, Cal, Washington
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [2] Florida, [3] LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn
SoCon – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
SWAC – Alabama State*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – UALR*
WAC – Seattle*
WCC – [3] Pepperdine*, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara

Last Eight In – Baylor, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Northwestern, Auburn, Butler, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
Last Seven Out – Indiana, South Florida, Marquette, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Washington State

Multi-Bid Conferences

10 – ACC, SEC
7 – Big Ten
4 – Pac-12
3 – AAC, Big 12, WCC
2 – Big East

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology – v1.5

Updated through September 22. Next update: After September 24 matches.

AAC – [1] UCF*, Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, South Florida
ACC – [1] North Carolina*, [1] Duke, [2] Wake Forest, [3] Virginia, [4] NC State, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech
America East – New Hampshire*
A10 – Saint Louis*
Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast*
Big 12 – [2] West Virginia*, [4] Texas, Baylor
Big East – Marquette, Georgetown
Big Sky – Montana*
Big South – Radford*
Big Ten – [3] Wisconsin, [4] Rutgers*, [4] Penn State, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern
Big West – Long Beach State*
CAA – Drexel*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – [2] Princeton*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
MVC – Loyola (Ill.)*
Mountain West – New Mexico*
NEC – Bryant*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – [2] Stanford*, [3] UCLA, Washington, Cal
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – [1] South Carolina*, [3] Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt
Southern – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
SWAC – Mississippi Valley*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – Coastal Carolina*
WAC – Seattle*
WCC – Pepperdine*, Loyola Marymount

Last Eight IN:

South Florida
Virginia Tech
Baylor
SMU
Vanderbilt
Georgetown
Northwestern
Auburn

Last Seven OUT

Indiana
Mississippi State
Utah
Maryland
Washington State
Colorado
Boston College

Multi-Bid Conferences

9 – ACC, SEC
7 – Big Ten
5 – AAC
4 – Pac-12
3 – Big 12
2 – Big East, WCC

USWNT – U.S. Eases Past New Zealand in Front of 30,596 in Cincinnati

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The USWNT had few problems topping New Zealand on Tuesday night in front of a massive crowd in Cincinnati. Here are a handful of talking points:

1. Horan Doesn’t Need Ninety – Lindsey Horan may have just come on as a sub after Rose Lavelle’s homecoming cameo, but her impact was unmistakable in less than a quarter of an hour. A classy looping header off a Sam Mewis cross over NZL keeper Erin Nayler was a gorgeous opener, but putting a pass on a slide rule for Mallory Pugh to finish minutes later to double the U.S.’ lead was just as stunning. It’s a bit overwhelming to think that Horan is just twenty-three years old, the equivalent of some NWSL collegiate rookies or second-year players, yet also a player who has looked well on her way to making the leap towards stardom given her club and international form. While the competition for time in central midfield is deep with Carli Lloyd, Lavelle, and Morgan Brian amongst Horan’s rivals, her form and growth is making it harder to justify keeping her on the bench to begin.

2. Morgan’s Hot Streak Continues – It was aided by some self-inflicted wounds, including some particularly criminal defending and goalkeeping on the first out of the halftime break, but Alex Morgan’s Summer of Goals continued in earnest on Tuesday, with two venomous strikes early in the second half. Erin Nayler should have done better with Morgan’s first at the near post, but her second, crashing off the underside of the bar was nigh-unsavable. Morgan’s health has been a frequent worry over the past few seasons, to the point that some were wondering if she was first choice up front any more for the USWNT. However, Morgan has stayed healthy for much of the year and has been crucial in the impressive displays for the U.S. this past week as well as arguably being the difference for Orlando in their late playoff run. There are few in the world with Morgan’s finishing ability when in form, a fact she’s reiterated over the past few months. Said ability will be crucial again as the U.S. looks to defend their crown in France in 2019. Continue reading

NCAA – Chris’ Bracketology – v1.0

(Next update: After September 22 matches)

As always, take with a giant but ever decreasing grain of salt as the season goes along. Seeds in parentheses, auto bid winners listed with asterisks. Auto bid winners currently teams with highest RPI in conference but will shift to conference leaders as teams cross point of having played half of league matches.

Bubble Watch will begin in early October.

AAC – (1) UCF*, Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU
ACC – (1) North Carolina*, (2) Wake Forest, (2) Duke, (3) Virginia, (4) NC State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
America East – New Hampshire*
Atlantic 10 – Saint Louis*
Atlantic Sun – Florida Gulf Coast*
Big 12 – (2) West Virginia, (4) Texas*, Kansas, Baylor
Big East – Marquette*, Georgetown, Butler
Big Sky – Montana*
Big South – Radford*
Big Ten – (3) Wisconsin, (4) Rutgers, Purdue, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana
Big West – Long Beach State*
CAA – College of Charleston*
C-USA – Rice*
Horizon – Milwaukee*
Ivy – (3) Princeton*
MAAC – Monmouth*
MAC – Kent State*
MVC – Loyola (Ill.)*
NEC – Bryant*
OVC – Murray State*
Pac-12 – (1) Stanford*, (3) Washington, UCLA, Cal
Patriot – Navy*
SEC – (1) South Carolina*, (2) Florida, (4) Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M
Southern – Furman*
Southland – Lamar*
SWAC – Mississippi Valley State*
Summit – South Dakota State*
Sun Belt – Coastal Carolina*
WAC – Texas Rio Grande Valley*
WCC – Loyola Marymount*, Pepperdine

Last Eight In: Indiana, Baylor, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Ohio State, Butler, SMU, Vanderbilt
Last Seven Out: Utah, Washington State, Mississippi State, Florida State, Maryland, Colorado, Boston College

Multi-Bid Conferences

8 – ACC, Big Ten, SEC
4 – AAC, Big 12, Pac-12
3 – Big East
2 – WCC