Crappy officiating. Because the good stuff takes too much effort.
It’s not just the Big Ten, of course.
Maybe the conferences need to save the money for litigation and lobbying expenses.
I realize I run the risk of getting virtually bitch-slapped for what I’m about to post. And I’m sorry about that. I have no doubt of the sincerity of the author of this post. As sincere as she may be, though, she’s way off base with her sentiment.
Todd Gurley hasn’t broken the law. He hasn’t broken a team rule. He’s still in good standing with his coaches and his teammates. He still practices with them.
What he stands accused of is exactly the same thing Mark Richt does every time he gets behind the wheel of that big Ford truck and faces the camera: getting paid for being himself. And if Todd Gurley left Georgia tomorrow, he’d be free to pick up where he left off.
That isn’t to excuse Gurley. The NCAA rule exists and he’s alleged to have violated it. There are consequences.
But there’s nothing noble about his suspension. Georgia isn’t taking some brave stand here. And, with all due respect to Mary Grace Alston Lyon, it’s wrong to romanticize the situation. All you’re doing is encouraging the greedy bastards who are well on their way to ruining our beloved sport to stay greedy.
College football may have a soul. But the people forcing Todd Gurley to sit out and be unable to contribute to his team have money market accounts and reserve funds. Don’t make the mistake of confusing the two. Gurley and college football deserve better than that.
If this is a real thing, some enterprising brewery is on to something.
Another day, another buffet.
It’s still hard for some of these stats to sink in.
Entering Week 6, less than a third of FBS teams are holding opponents to fewer than 350 yards a game. An increasing number of offenses are doubling that number.
Through last weekend there were 12 games in which an FBS team netted 700 or more yards of offense, according to the NCAA. There were 21 such games in the entirety of last season.
Last season there were eight 500-yard passing performances. That mark already has been reached this season.
If there was any doubt, there shouldn’t be any more. We’re in a new era of college football offense.
So how do you judge a defense in a pace world? Take it away, Boom.
Fourteen FBS teams are averaging 80 or more offensive plays a game, led by Western Kentucky, which has averaged 91 plays in its 2-2 start. Just seven teams averaged that number of plays last fall, and only three teams reached that mark as recently as the 2011 season.
Florida’s Will Muschamp, formerly a defensive coordinator at Texas, Auburn and LSU, says the faster tempo has made total yardage less relevant. “I think it’s more about yards per play in the run game, yards per play in the pass game,” Muschamp said. “That’s a little bit more reflective of how you’re playing defense.
Another area of haves/have-nots concern for college football is attendance.
Through five weeks, announced attendance in Football Bowl Subdivision games is down 1 percent compared to this point in 2013 and nearly 7 percent from three years ago.
The average FBS home crowd this season is 44,997, according to a CBSSports.com analysis of NCAA attendance data. That is down from 45,596 through five weeks in 2013, 47,181 in 2012 and 48,279 in 2011.
The good news for the game’s attendance health: Crowds are up 3 percent among the top 25 attendance leaders, due in part to some expanded stadiums. Seventeen of the top 25 attendance leaders experienced an increase through five weeks compared to 2013. Only 12 of the top 25 leaders in 2013 at this point had an increase from 2012.
The bad news: Many other FBS schools continue to struggle to fill seats. Outside of the top 25 attendance leaders, crowds for the remaining Power 5-conference schools are down 3 percent from 2013.
TV is a culprit, of course. So are neutral site games, which, as Solomon notes, “are continuing to increase and can produce more attractive games than season ticket-holders sometimes pay for on campus.” You’d think that would be a pretty clear hint about what the problem might be, but expecting athletic directors to use logic about the problem is evidently too much to hope for.
Besides, why worry about scheduling when you’ve got Mickey Mouse?
Increasingly, athletic departments are turning to Mickey Mouse for help on how to create a magical football experience.
Numerous schools have used the Disney Institute to reassess their football game experience. The Disney Institute is the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company that gets hired by many industries, including healthcare, aviation, government/military, food/beverage and retail. The Disney Institute declined to identify or list the number of athletic departments that have worked with the company.
Mickey on the front end and ESPN on the back end. College football, you’re doomed.