At least we know who will be calling the third-rate games on the network now.
You may remember Dave from such great moments like this:
No word on whether they’re getting the band back together, though. Just don’t pair him with Andre Ware. Please.
“We are holding each other accountable, making sure everybody is there, 100 percent, nobody taking any days off,” Bailey said. “Everybody is busting their tail. We have got to get ready for our first game.”
It sounds like Greg McElroy thinks Les Miles owes Nick Saban some of his salary.
“If you look at LSU, they’ve had sustained success since Saban left because he established that mindset. Les Miles obviously did take over that program and has done a terrific job in his own right, but once you establish that mindset and have the leadership that holds young players accountable, that success shouldn’t soon dwindle…”
I guess Nick just didn’t get that mindset established in time in Miami.
Jeebus, ESPN, it’s bad enough we’ve got Finebaum genuflecting in Saban’s presence on the SEC Network. Is it really necessary to double down?
Year2 has a good piece about the etiquette of supporting other SEC teams and I agree with him that being a fan means following your heart, not coldly calculating what’s good for the conference may be indirectly good for the team you support.
Where I think I part ways with him is that, with at least some conference rivals, I can’t even get into the intellectual justification as a fall back exercise.
That then changes the question to whether it is good for your team to see other SEC teams do well. In the aggregate, the answer is an easy “yes”.
There is a subjective element to how every NCAA postseason field comes about. The better the league’s reputation is, the more likely it is that its teams will get into those fields ahead of other conferences’ teams. It is especially important in the revenue sports, because more spots means more money to the conference, and the conference divides the loot evenly. The conference’s good reputation has paid off concretely in football…
Was Florida’s loss to Georgia Southern bad for the conference’s reputation? Certainly. As a Georgia fan, would I have changed the outcome had I the power to? Are you freakin’ kidding me?
There are some SEC schools I’m always going to root against… unless they’re playing Georgia Tech. (Maybe.) There are some conference schools I may dislike for a time because of a player or coach whom I instinctively pull against. And there are some teams in the SEC I support. If that makes me a bad conference fan, so be it. Besides, outside of Mike Slive, who wants to be a conference fan anyway?
Now I know that two kids hardly constitutes a trend, but I still find it interesting that this tidbit pops up on Georgia’s latest commit for the class of 2015:
The big man, who also plays lacrosse, can get to the second level in a hurry and while he needs to improve angles, he can be an effective second-level blocker. [Emphasis added.]
Along with Greg Pyke, that makes for two big lacrosse players potentially suiting up for Will Friend. Coincidence, an appreciation for kids who are generally good athletes, or do you think the Georgia coaches see something specifically useful in having a background in that other sport?
USA Today notes this…
Of the 128 schools to play at the FBS level this season, more than 40 percent have made at least one move over the past decade. That figure doesn’t even include the shake-ups of the mid-to-late 1990s that produced the Big 12, Conference USA and the Mountain West. Flip the calendar back 25 years and find only 48 teams that have stayed put. That means more than 62 percent of them switched during that span.
… and wonders if we’re gonna get a breather on the conference realignment front. Surely you jest, fellas. They’re just taking a time out until the next TV deal shows up.
“To strive and thrive, you’ve got to get bigger. Conference realignment is about exactly that: having more economic value when you get bigger,” said Chris Bevilacqua, a sports media consultant. “It’s not going to stop, because the market forces are going to continue to incentivize and reward size. It’s not just college. It’s everything in the ecosystem. So will it settle down and pause for a while? My guess is probably. Will there be further consolidation and realignment? I think most definitely. When will that happen? That’s hard to say.”
Now I enjoy an anti-NCAA rant as much as anyone, and this one certainly has its moments of rhetorical pleasure – “the fevered delusions of NCAA chief Mark Emmert, who swore under oath that what he presides over is as amateur as tiddlywinks on a playground” has a nice ring to it, no doubt – but the idea that Jim Delany, a man who just added two teams to his conference for the sole purpose of making its broadcast network a more attractive proposition, would be prepared one day to blow up the entire structure of college athletics and return to a simpler, purer arrangement is a fevered delusion of its own.
Money is the drug and they’re hooked on it.