Daily Archives: February 10, 2007

“I think we’re cheating the fans from what they want to see.”

One thing I like about Mark Richt is that he seems genuinely concerned about defending college football from matters that encroach on what sets it apart and makes the sport something that people are passionate about. He said the right thing about playoffs and now he’s made an equally good point about the new clock rules that were instituted last year and are being looked at again when the NCAA’s football rules committee meets this week in Albuquerque, N.M.

Here’s Richt’s quote about the effect of the rule change in a Tony Barnhart article in today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“I felt like they shortened the game and lengthened the commercials,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I think we’re cheating the fans from what they want to see. Do you think they are saying, ‘Well, we just drove six hours to the game. I wish we could see 12 fewer plays’?

“I don’t think so.”

Barnhart tries to be fair, so he presents several coaches with different takes on the matter (Tuberville’s rationalizations are as weaselly as you’d expect), but the conclusion is rather obvious – don’t think you’ll see a drastic change:

Dennis Poppe, the NCAA’s managing director for football, said 57 percent of Division I-A coaches surveyed wanted to go back to the old rules. But that isn’t likely to happen.

I think we could see some modification at the end of the half and the end of the game,” Poppe said. “The key is whether or not this change impacts the integrity of the game and the way it’s supposed to be played. If there is a good reason to make another change, we’ll make it.”

By the way, if you want to get an idea of what Richt is talking about, check out this series of posts at The Wizard of Odds:

CBS telecasts drag on

CBS: Commercial Broadcasting System?

Clock Ticking on Clock Rules?

Bowl Game Times

It’s pretty obvious we’re trading game action for commercials. Kudos for Richt for saying it.

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This is not a joke.

There is a serious battle going on over at Clemmins, er, Clemson University between the academics and the athletic department over admission standards at the school, according to Mickey Plyler, who has some fairly remarkable things to say about it in a post on his blog.

This should be of particular interest to Georgia fans who have on occasion expressed concern over similar tensions between the football staff and the folks administering the admissions process in Athens. It’s worth noting that one area of success in recruiting Georgia’s incoming class this year was the apparent level of communication and cooperation between the two sides being noticeably improved – with the result that all of Garner’s JUCO targets were able to be admitted.

The two big ironies from Plyler’s piece were that Jarius Wynn (one of those Georgia JUCO targets just mentioned) was cited as an example of a kid who couldn’t be admitted to Clemson and this quote:

“These people have no idea what goes on in this industry. Think this kind of thing would happen at Georgia, Florida, Tennessee or LSU?”

Plyler concludes his post by saying:

“Cecil Huey, Becky Bowman and several others want Clemson to be Duke Monday through Friday but that will never happen because of perception. However, if you don’t fix it, Clemson will become Duke on Saturdays in the fall.”

I don’t think the choice necessarily has to be that stark, but if his facts are accurate, it’s fair to say that there’s a pretty serious morale and communication problem there.

More thoughts on this here.

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UPDATE: Clemson president to review admissions process.

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