Monthly Archives: May 2007

If Granny said it, it must be true.

I have no idea if this guy’s story is the truth or not, but it’s sure entertaining.

The best part is holding Nutt accountable for quitting as the Arky QB because he was lied to by his coaches about the offense they were going to run… while at the same time holding him accountable as the Arky coach for lying to his QB – who quit – about the offense he was going to run.

Upon reflection, that’s probably the second best part. My favorite part is the author citing Lou Holtz as validation (“this according to Holtz himself”) for a story that makes Holtz look like the injured party.

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Dennis Dodd, playoff pimp

For some reason, Bernie Machen has found an eager mouthpiece in CBS Sportline.com‘s Dennis Dodd.

Today, we learn from an excited Dodd that “… Florida president Bernie Machen has contacted at least two high-ranking television executives prior to a college football playoff presentation this week to the SEC presidents…” Wow! That’s something! Bernie might actually show up to the SEC meeting with some real data and maybe even a serious proposal!

Er… uh… except it’s not exactly “at least” two. It’s two. And neither is a “high ranking television executive”, for that matter:

SportsLine.com has learned that Machen has spoken to noted TV consultant Neal Pilson, a former CBS Sports president. The other TV source is a retired network executive. The two exchanged messages but did not speak. [Emphasis added.]

Other than that, it’s dead on.

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Why am I not surprised?

Apparently, at least one SEC president is thought to be on board Bernie Machen’s playoff train:

… Georgia President Michael Adams has expressed concerns about the current system in the past and may be on board with Machen…

But Kyle King should take heart that there’s at least one SEC prez ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with him on the postseason:

… Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee, for one, wants no part of it.

“I am totally, unequivocally opposing it,” Gee said.

Gee is among those who believe it is time to move away from the current BCS system and go back to the old bowl system, with the national champion crowned through the polls….

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Reality sets in.

With regard to a college playoff model, here’s what a certain coach in Columbia, SC has to say:

“I used to always be for it,” Spurrier said. “Right now, I’m at a school that doesn’t need to worry about it, so whatever they decide is fine with me.”

Now that’s worthy of a House Proclamation

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Please God, make it happen.

Have Georgia Tech play in the Humanitarian Bowl again this year.

The Roady’s Truck Stops Humanitarian Bowl.

Boy, wouldn’t you like to see them hoist that banner at BDS…

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Even a blind pig finds an acorn sometimes.

Surprise, surprise.  Matt Hayes has an excellent column up discussing three flaws facing a national playoff scheme for college football.

The best point of the three he makes (and it’s one that I’ve made before) is that a playoff lessens the value of the regular season – not just in terms of the impact of games, but in terms of what the games are worth to advertisers.

Which means Bernie not only has to come up with enough money with a playoff to pay something to every D-1 school without lessening the current payout to BCS schools, but he also has to make up for the likely shortfall the BCS conferences will face as the regular season TV moneys dwindle.

It’ s so easy.

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Night time is the right time.

Per the Athens Banner-Herald, the first two games of the season are set to air on ESPN2:

The Sept. 1 game against Oklahoma State will air at 6:45 p.m. and the Sept. 8 game against South Carolina is set for 5:45 p.m, according to an ESPN spokesman on Wednesday.

That’s good for fans hoping to avoid the mid-day sun and bad for certain school administrators who would prefer as little tailgating as possible.

In other words, a win-win in my book.

(h/t dawgsonline.com)

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SEC meeting week odds and ends

  • We all know that Bernie’s playoff crusade will be the most watched story this week from the SEC business meetings. At least one guy is willing to go on record and object to a college football playoff. “…Introduce a playoff and all of a sudden we’re looking at college football the same way we look at the NFL: fun, but nothing special.” Right on, brother!  As Victor Laszlo said in Casablanca, welcome to the fight.
  • Nick Saban speaks! In fact, he’s positively garrulous in this article in the Tuscaloosa News. All that illegal recruiting talk? It’s “funny”. (Heh.) He doesn’t have any bad feelings about Les Miles, but “I can’t speak for him, though.” (Heh, heh.) He and Spurrier have evidently had a conversation about their stints in the NFL. (Heh, heh, heh.) He even manages to one up Bernie about what to do with the extra bucks that might flow to college football from a championship playoff – don’t give the money to all of the schools in D-1, give it to the players.
  • All that buzz about an early signing day for college football? Not so fast, my friend, at least when it comes to SEC coaches. As a group, they’re split on the proposal. Read the story carefully, though. The split breaks down between the haves and have nots. The recruiting powers like the current set up a lot more than the little guys do. One other thing worth noting: while there are a lot of pros and cons discussed in the story, there’s no mention of how an early signing date would benefit the kids.
  • While I’m on the subject of recruiting, I wanted to mention Georgia’s tenth verbal for the class of 2008, GAC linebacker Christian Robinson. Normally I don’t spend time blogging about verbals (especially when we’re something like 8+ months away from signing day), but this kid has a great quote in the Athens Banner-Herald worth sharing: “I’ve been around South Carolina all my life and it was really hard to tell them no today,” he said. “Everything that I wanted is at Georgia: People, coaches and I just know that Georgia is a great place.” Take that, Clifton Geathers!

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“This is not about football,” Christian says. “It’s about how you treat a student athlete.”

Yeah, suuuure it is.

You’ve got to love the irony in this:

… Christian describes the suit as “taxpayer action” and argues taxpayer money was wasted because White failed to do his job. [Emphasis added.] The suit wants White to order a “good faith, full, complete and independent” investigation into the e-mail sent to Mustain. It also seeks an injunction to stop Sugg from paying White, who it alleges is in breach of his contract. It also seeks an injunction to stop White from paying any member of the football coaching staff “who are failing, or have failed, to carry out their mandatory contractual obligations.”

… These days, Freedom-of-Infomania is all the rage in Fayetteville. The university has received so many FOI requests in recent months, White says, it has had to hire an additional attorney. [Emphasis added.]

The capper?

“It’s a feeding frenzy out there,” says White, who is trying to conduct a search for an athletics director amid this environment. White is handling the search himself. He says he is putting nothing in writing and is not using his university cellphone.

(h/t Sunday Morning Quarterback)

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“A hundred million dollars is not going to sway us, when $2 billion didn’t.”

The college football world waits with baited breath for Bernie’s playoff plan to be unveiled at the SEC presidents’ meeting.

… The short version: Form a limited liability corporation that, like the BCS, would work outside the framework of the NCAA. Try to utilize the current bowl structure, but distribute revenue to all 119 Division I-A schools instead of keeping most of the money for the schools in the six “power conferences.” The market, Machen said, would determine whether to play an eight-team, 16-team or “plus-one” format.

Depending on who you listen to, that ol’ market sure can throw out some interesting figures:

… Machen believes money eventually will convince his fellow presidents to embrace a playoff. He said the current system doesn’t generate as much revenue as it should, especially considering college football’s massive popularity. He points to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which brings in $545 million in television rights fees from CBS each year. Fox’s contract with the BCS to televise the Orange, Sugar, and Fiesta bowls and the BCS national title game pays $83 million a year. That contract runs through 2010, and Machen hopes presidents will consider a playoff before agreeing to a new deal.

“There may be – and you won’t know this until you test it – $100 [million] to $200 million that’s not on the table right now,” said Machen, who said he has spoken to media consultants about the dollar figures.

Jim Wheeler believes Machen’s math is wrong. Wheeler worked with a Swiss company called International Sports and Leisure in the late 1990s. The company, which has since gone bankrupt, offered about $375 million a year ($3 billion over eight years) to stage a 16-team playoff. Later, the company amended its offer to $2.5 billion for an eight-team playoff.

“The money is there,” said Wheeler, who now runs the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Oklahoma’s college of business. “That’s the easy part. [Machen's figures] will be surpassed if there’s a true playoff.”

$2.5 billion for an eight team playoff?  No wonder the company went bankrupt.

It’s his naivete that’s so impressive.  Those pesky PAC-10ers and Big Ten folks?  Those Rose Bowl guys?  Screw ‘em if they don’t want to play with Machen:

… Machen hopes that if the other nine “bowl subdivision” conferences agree to support a playoff, the Big Ten and the Pac-10 would cave to pressure from their own fans.

“We may do it without them,” Machen said. “My approach would be that the other conferences and schools would devise a playoff system, and we’ll see if the Big Ten and the Pac-10 can stay outside of it. … With a lot more money on the table and a true playoff system, they’re going to say ‘Sorry, we’re going to Pasadena?’ We’ll see.”

You’re going to propose a true national championship playoff without USC, Michigan and Ohio State?  Yeah, that’ll work.

Maybe Bernie hopes that if he holds his breath until his face turns blue, they’ll cave.  If nothing else, that should be fun to see.

… Wheeler isn’t sure Machen, who as interim provost ran the University of Michigan during a presidential search that lasted from 1995 to 1997, remembers the power of the conference in which he once worked.

“If he thinks he can round up the troops and bully the Big Ten,” Wheeler said, “I’d buy some popcorn and watch it.”

By the way, here’s an enterprising reporter’s look at a 16 team playoff scenario.  All I needed to see was the first matchup to know how much this would suck.  Middle Tennessee State University.  Bleah. 

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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