Chris Murray Reno Gazette Journal
Published 11:36 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018
Loyal readers remember The Regular Tigers. That was my daughter’s 10-and-under soccer team I coached last spring. We went 1-6. Well, now I am coaching my son’s 6-and-under fall soccer team (he’s only 3 but somehow qualifies for the league), and we played our season opener last Saturday. We lost 18-1. Or something like that. We don’t keep track of the score at that age, but I know we scored once and they scored a lot. They scored so many times the coach of the other team said early in the second quarter, “Now it’s Nolan’s turn to score. Let Nolan score on.” We were so overwhelmed, the opponents had time to allow everybody on their team to score at least once. Even Nolan scored on us. I would take a 1-6 record with my squad if you gave it to me right now, but I don’t think we’re getting that one win. At least we have a cool name. The Blue Red Lightning Thunder. (Or Blue Lightning for short).
Let’s answer your questions.
There’s no way to pinpoint it exactly, but I would safety put the number in the tens of millions of dollars. Even without the protest, the Wolf Pack alum was likely to be cut by the 49ers after the 2016 season as San Francisco went into a rebuild and didn’t want to pay a quarterback the $14.5 million Kaepernick was owed for the 2017 campaign.
But some team would have paid him a nice chunk of money last season if not for the protests. He was still coming off a season in which he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, had a 16-to-four touchdown-to-interception ratio (seventh best in the NFL) and posted a quarterback rating of 90.7 (17th-best in the NFL). And that was coming off three surgeries with a trash supporting cast. Kaepernick’s numbers had fallen off from the early portion of his pro career, but he was still putting up starter-quality marks.
How much do lower-grade starting quarterbacks get?
“I’d say that $10 million is about what quarterbacks who are thought to be on the downside of their careers are getting,” Michael Ginnitti, managing editor of Spotrac, which tracks player salaries, told CNN last year.
Jay Cutler (Dolphins) was signed off the street for $10 million last year. Tyrod Taylor (Bills) got $30.5 million over two years. Mike Glennon (Bears) got $45 million per season for three years. Kaepernick is better than those guys. He would have signed a deal worth $10 million annually last season if not for the protest. Just this offseason, A.J. McCarron (Bills) got a two-year, $10 million deal; Josh McCown (Jets) got a one-year, $10 million deal; and Sam Bradford (Cardinals) got a one-year, $20 million deal. Kaepernick is better than all of these guys.
We’re talking about $10 million per season (minimum) if he’s viewed as a starter and $3 million per season (minimum) if he’s viewed as a backup. Kaepernick would have had an easy six or seven more seasons in him without the protest. Let’s assume the worst-case scenario and only one of those years he’s a starter and the rest he’s a backup. That’s still $20-plus million in salary. Per this story, Kaepernick also was making $3 million annually in endorsements. The protest probably cost him $30 million.
This Business Insider story also notes Kaepernick only received $39.4 million from the “record” seven-year $126 million contract he signed in 2014. Kaepernick was coming off back-to-back NFC title games. That was the time to strike. His agents did him a disservice, signing him to a deal that was only guaranteed for injury.
This story pegs Kaepernick’s net worth post-taxes and agent fee at $17.187 million, which is still a lot but nowhere near where it could have been had: (a) his agents not agreed to the bad deal in 2014 or (b) he not go through with his protest.
I doubt he has second-thoughts about the protest. He certainly seems to believe deeply in the cause. But it did cost him untold millions of dollars, some of which he could recoup if he wins his collusion lawsuit against the NFL. Was it worth it? Only Kaepernick can say for sure.
In 12 games last season, Damonte Ranch’s Cade McNamara threw for 3,470 yards, 44 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Those are pretty crazy numbers. I’ll peg him for 3,600 yards, 45 touchdowns and 10 picks this year. Damonte Ranch isn’t the favorite to win the Northern 4A this year (that’s Bishop Manogue), but I’ll take the Mustangs to win the region. I always side with the team with the best quarterback, and that’s Damonte Ranch this year.
As for his time at Michigan, Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson was today named the Wolverines’ starting quarterback. He also will be eligible next year when McNamara arrives on campus, so I’d expect a redshirt season. Michigan has eight quarterbacks on its roster (that’s a lot), but four of those guys will be gone in 2020 when McNamara will be a redshirt freshman, presumably battling Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton for the starting job. Both of those players were four-star recruits and higher-rated prospects than McNamara and will be older than the Damonte Ranch product. Odds say he’ll have an uphill battle for the starting gig at Michigan, but I wouldn’t count him out. He’s the best quarterback in Northern Nevada history through this stage in his career.
Money. It’s always money. In some ways, this reminds me of Reno trying to get a minor-league hockey team. Everybody agrees that it’s a good idea, but the City of Reno, the RSCVA and the guy who owns a franchise don’t want to put up the money required to turn Reno Events Center into a hockey-ready arena.
In this training camp situation, the Raiders, the City of Reno and the Wolf Pack all appear to want the team to hold camp in Northern Nevada, but who is going to pay for the required infrastructure improvements that are measured in the millions? It would make sense for each to chip in a portion, but the city said it won’t use any public money, the Raiders are known for not chipping in on these things and the Wolf Pack doesn’t have a ton of free dollars given it already owes the university $5 million.
Until we see an agreed upon funding model, I’m skeptical it will ever happen.
I don’t know why Hug and Wooster were part of the Raiders’ tour of Reno last week. Neither fit because they’re not walkable to enough hotel rooms to house a team. The Manaogue facility makes much more sense if you’re looking at high schools, although it has to be UNR or bust unless they’re talking about building a facility from scratch. Wolf Pack Park is the only place in town that fits the current criteria.
It should probably just stay in Napa. The facilities are already there and the franchise can try and maintain some connection to the Bay Area as it leaves town for Las Vegas.
No Mountain West team (or Group of 5 team for that matter) is making a four-team College Football Playoff. That will never happen.
But Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State could all challenge for the Group of 5’s New Year’s Six Bowl spot, with Boise State being the heavy preseason favorite. SB Nation’s preview of Nevada’s season gives the Wolf Pack a 19 percent chance of beating Boise State, a 28 percent chance of beating Fresno State and a 33 percent chance of beating San Diego State. I’ll agree. Nevada’s best chance at an upset comes against the Aztecs.
It would be very sweet, but also a little tricky since Lawlor Events Center is named after former Wolf Pack coach/administrator Glenn “Jake” Lawlor and Mackay Stadium is named after John Mackay, who bought the land where the stadium sits. It would be a lot easier to sell naming rights if it was just called Wolf Pack Stadium. As is, Nevada would have to take a legend’s name off the building to sell naming rights.
In fact, I joked on Twitter about renaming Lawlor Events Center and one of Jake’s relatives emailed me in a panic to see if that was happening. While Nevada could use the $1 million per year the naming rights of both venues could add up to, the Wolf Pack would have to be delicate if it does find a partner willing to put up that kind of money.
But, to be clear, Nevada should be exploring naming rights in an effort of creating more revenue so it can do everything possible to retain basketball coach Eric Musselman long term.
The Wolf Pack could very well be favored in every game next season. Assuming that’s true, here are the 10 most likely games the Wolf Pack will lose.
1. at USC
2. at San Diego State
3. at New Mexico
4. vs. Arizona State
5. at Utah
6. at Wyoming
7. at Loyola Chicago
8. vs. BYU
9. vs. San Diego State
10. at Boise State
Nevada basketball’s rebounding margin last season was minus-0.8 boards per game. I expect it to be around plus-7.0 boards per game this season. Nevada football allowed 33.9 points per game last season. I expect that to be around 30 points per game this season. So, I expect more improvement from Nevada basketball’s rebounding average (a 7.2-board improvement) than Nevada football’s scoring defense (a 3.9-point improvement). In fact, Nevada should be one of the nation’s best rebounding teams in 2018-19.
Duke’s Zion Williamson is 6-foot-6, 285-pound monster. I imagine Nevada would put Jordan Caroline on him given Caroline’s girth. But if length bothers Williamson (something we won’t know until he plays this season) I could see the Wolf Pack shifting either Jordan Brown or Trey Porter on him.
I’d put a stadium where the old Moana Stadium (now Moana Fields are) and make it a partnership between Reno 1868 FC and the Wolf Pack (the women’s soccer team plays at Mackay but much prefers grass over the FieldTurf on Chris Ault Field). Another potential spot is South Valleys Regional Sports Complex. But a 7,000-capacity soccer stadium at Moana that Reno 1868 and the Wolf Pack would share would be nice.
I could go on a rant about how the NCAA should be disbanded but will save that for another time.
If I had to pick a couple of sports for the NCAA to stop sponsoring, they’d be fencing, skiing and rifle. I don’t have anything against those sports, but each has 30 or fewer Division I programs. Sports I’d like to see the NCAA sponsor are rugby, bowling (at the D-I level) and quidditch.
Wolf Pack center Sean Krepsz dislocated his elbow and is best listed as “questionable” for the season opener against Portland State. He also missed most of spring camp with a foot injury. Not ideal given the Wolf Pack’s lack of depth on the offensive line. That’s one area Nevada can’t afford injuries. Former defensive lineman Kalei Meyer and Bishop Gorman redshirt Amir Johnson are now battling at the center spot.
3/1 odds. The only time Nevada swept UNLV in a two-game basketball series and beat the Rebels in football in the same year was 2016-17. It’s pretty rare. I’m comfortable projecting a basketball sweep, but the football game in Las Vegas is a tossup.
Jay Norvell is at Nevada to win football games. Yes, he cares about his players graduating and staying out of trouble off the field, but he’s here to win football games. Brian Polian, especially late in his tenure, seemed to put more emphasis on the second part of that formula. I think that’s the biggest difference.
If Joel Bitonio and Austin Corbett start at left tackle and left guard, respectively, for the Cleveland Browns this season (and it looks like that will happen), it would mark the first time Wolf Pack alums started for an NFL team on the same side of the ball. If you take out that “same side of the ball” caveat, LB Brandon Marshall and TE Virgil Green both started for the Broncos from 2014-17.
I would love to see Nevada QB Ty Gangi make an NFL roster given how he was overlooked by his high school team, by his junior-college team and by the Wolf Pack (initially). But the CFL is far more realistic. I think he could take the Cody Fajardo route professionally and find a nice niche in the CFL. While I would not be shocked if he made an NFL training camp, making an active roster seems very unlikely (although I hope it happens).
It’s definitely possible, but not in the super near future since Nevada’s schedule is set in 2019 and 2020 and BYU already has 11 games done for 2021 and eight done for 2022. Nevada only has one non-conference game scheduled for 2022, so perhaps they line up in 2022 or beyond. BYU likes to schedule Mountain West teams and these squads played in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014 and have played pretty often in the past (they had a game scheduled in 2019 that no longer exists). The bad blood between the two schools seems gone, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see a home-and-home within the next 10 years.
First row on the sideline across from my preferred team’s bench.
On average, I’ve written 1,100-1,200 stories per year, which is about one-third of the staff articles published on RGJ.com. I’m not writing that many stories this year.
There are a lot of benefits to traveling to every road game but there are a lot of downsides to spending two months in a hotel every year. I am looking forward to fewer trips to Fresno, Laramie, Logan, Colorado Springs, etc. But I will miss trips to San Diego. I love you San Diego.
Are we talking about coffee? If that’s the case, it’s all irrelevant since long-time readers know I have never had coffee in my life. If we’re talking about hot chocolate, I’m taking a vente. Go big or go home.
I did a story on that in December and will do one again once the basketball season starts up.
You don’t often hear of people clamoring for parking lots, but this is apparently what we have here. UNR is kind of tapped out for space, which is why they’re buying and knocking down nearby homes. There’s some limited space on the north end of campus, but I don’t see that area being used for additional parking. If Nevada ever gets the funds for an indoor facility, it will likely decrease parking even more as the area between Mackay Stadium and Wolf Pack Park (the old tennis courts but currently a parking lot) would likely be the space where that facility would go.
This might be a shock, but I’ve never heard an Ariana Grande song before. I’m more of a Demi Lovato kind of dude. #SorryNotSorry
Depends how good your physique is. The more muscular you are, the more acceptable. The more flabby, the less acceptable. I’m pretty unacceptable right now.
I think it’d be great if Reno’s hipsters hung out in Verdi that way I’d never have to see them again.
She’s a shade over 6 months old and already 55 pounds. She looks like an adult dog but still has her puppy tendencies. She has the power of Jordan Caroline and loves to jump on people when she meets them. That is her worst habit. Email me if you know how to fix it. But she’s made a lot of progress with potty training, talking walks without pulling and limiting her digging. This photo is from a month ago, so she’s even bigger than that.
She likes playing with her friends at the Link Piazzo dog park, and my son likes nothing more than watching me pick up her poop. He gets so excited when we pick up her poop. As excited as I get to eat pizza, he gets that excited to pick up her poop. I’m not being sarcastic. He runs around the yard looking for poop that we can pick up. He hunts out the poop and yells, “Oh! Stinky poop!” when he finds some. And then has me pick it up with a scooper so he can throw it in the trash. It is the highlight of his day, picking up poop. But given how much I’ve just written about my dog’s poop, we should probably end this thing. See y’all next week.
- Hong Kong protesters slam LeBron James' criticism of Daryl Morey tweet: 'People are angry'
- Murrays Diamond Stars Of eBay
- Dow Drops More Due to Politics in Bolivia than Illegal Immigration Protests
- Where is Your Money Going?
- Murrays Diamond Stars Of eBay - The first official list
- Send Out Cards - 6 Ways You Can Make Money Using The Send Out Cards System
- God Bless China - Why You Can Make More Money In China And Australia Than The USA
- Why Does Anyone Care What Athletes Have To Say About Politics?
- The Chinese Government Is Gamergating Daryl Morey
- Amadeo Peter Giannini: The World's Bigger Banker (Part 1 of 2)
- Fans, Pols Erupt After LeBron James Caves to China
- Illegal Immigration Economic Boycott is a Bogus Argument
- The Link Between Your Credit History and Your Insurance Premium
- Martin Scorsese
- The Internet Ruined “Dude”
- Is the Chipko Movement Towards Forest Appraisal
- Can Los Angeles Ever Love The Chargers?
- Disincorporate and Decentralize
- Addicted to Oil
- Beware the Shopping Mall Monster
Murray's Mailbag: How much money did Colin Kaepernick cost himself with protest? have 2966 words, post on eu.rgj.com at August 20, 2018. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.