• Here’s a little online quiz that asks you to name the 50 universities with the most revenue from athletics.
The data is a little old — from the 2009-10 academic year — but it still provides a good snapshot of who the big giants are in the game.
A few hints — Kansas is on there, coming in at No. 26 with just under $71.9 million. And the top school is (no surprises here) the University of Texas-Austin, with just more than $145.5 million in revenue.
It’s also interesting, once you can see all the answers, to get a good sense of which conferences have the biggest money-makers. That, too, should be no surprise, with the Big 10 Conference and the SEC both well-represented.
I did reasonably well on the quiz — getting 46/50 — but I forgot a few schools I definitely should have remembered. There was only one big surprise to me on the list, but I won’t reveal it here, because then you'd probably cheat.
• Julie Goonewardene, KU’s associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, has been named to the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees.
She’ll be the designated public member on the board, which guides the association of medical doctors and students.
The association boasts about 215,000 members, and has been around since 1847, and publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association.
She will begin her four-year term in 2012.
I’m also proud to say I’ve committed the spelling of Goonewardene’s name to memory. It’s one of the harder ones to remember around here (I’d say at least the hardest since David Shulenburger, whose name I’ve seen misspelled more times than I could count). But really, I’m just glad KU didn’t choose Philip J. McConnaughay as its provost during the last go-around, and settled on the 10-lettered Jeff Vitter instead.
• I wrote a bit about the end of the KU-Missouri rivalry yesterday, or at least the end of the rivalry on the field.
That obviously will affect a whole slew of people and businesses. To give you just a taste of the wide range of folks that glom on and benefit from this intense rivalry, take a peek at this bit of advertising copy I spotted from Mission Foods.
The folks at Mission Foods apparently been selling red and blue nacho chips side-by-side with black and gold ones, all leading up to the big football game. There, fans — who likely will just be working off the turkey from Thanksgiving — can participate in a new kind of experience.
I think I’ll just let this ad speak for itself.
“Fans are invited to experience NachoTron 3000, the world's first interactive, competitive nacho-making machine created by ‘scientists’ to analyze how human football fandom correlates to delicious nacho toppings,” it reads. “Before the Jayhawks and Tigers go head-to-head on the gridiron, their fans will compete in a test of wits and brute athleticism off the field as they throw footballs at close-range targets in hopes of winning nacho toppings for their Mission tortilla chips and scoring points for their beloved team.”
While I can't even begin to think of what that NachoTron 3000 might be, it looks like even nachos will be missing the KU-MU rivalry once it's gone.
• I’d like you to fire up your own HeardOnTheHillTron 3000, crank it to 11, and have it send me a tip for Heard on the Hill to email@example.com.