Scheduling games is a challenging process for UMaine

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Scheduling games is a challenging process for UMaine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:20 am

Scheduling games is a challenging process for UMaine
Coaches work throughout the year to fill out their schedules with nonleague opponents.

... The Black Bears’ senior class was the first that Coutts and his wife Lynn, now a senior associate director of athletes at the university, had recruited. “We wanted to do something special,” he said.

So the Black Bears went west instead of south. Maine’s opening 20-game trip started in Arizona on March 3, then moved on to Colorado, Utah and Montana before ending Sunday.

“This was a lot of work compared to the ones we’ve had in the past,” said Mike Coutts, in his second year as head coach of the Black Bears. “Because in order to make it work, we had to get guarantees.”

For football and basketball teams, that usually involves a cash guarantee. For Coutts and the softball team, it involved hotel rooms.

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Re: Scheduling games is a challenging process for UMaine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:23 am

For UMaine football, filling out the schedule requires a little help
A former ESPN executive serves as a 'subcontractor' to help match schools with the right opponents.

ORONO — Dave Brown worked at ESPN for three decades as one of the network’s college football programming executives.

Unknown to many, he was the guy who helped set up many of the early-season games between national powers. When he decided to get out a couple of years ago, he wasn’t about to let all that experience go to waste. So Brown wrote a software package called Gridiron, which is now used by colleges to help fill out their schedules.

Among his clients is the University of Maine. Will Biberstein, the senior associate athletic director for internal operations at Maine, said Brown’s help is invaluable.

“He’s kind of like a subcontractor,” said Biberstein, who works on Maine’s football schedule. “What Dave does is keep a database of upcoming schedules for every game contract … Someone who does the scheduling can go in and look and say, ‘Hey Dave, I need a game on Week 3 of 2019.’

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Re: Scheduling games is a challenging process for UMaine

Postby TAL1957 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:13 am

Tom Nolette wrote: .... ORONO — Dave Brown worked at ESPN for three decades as one of the network’s college football programming executives.
Any chance this guy can address all the AE scheduling malfeasance, ignorance, and stupidity we see year, after year, after year, and already again this year ??
What do we pay this guy/company ?
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