In his review of Florida’s offense, Year2 gets off a nice one-liner:
The problems were obvious. John Brantley was tasked with being a starting quarterback in the SEC (he’s not).
Not the scheme. The name.
“We had Dustin Dewald throwing for more than 400 yards a game, and, as part-time SID, Mike had to try to get him in the newspapers,” Mumme recalled. “Mike read an article about Steve Spurrier at Duke having an offense they called ‘Air Ball,’ so Mike came to me and said, ‘We’ve got to call our offense ‘Air Raid.’ ”
What does it tell you that the most rational voice in Kristi Dosh’s piece about playoff revenue distribution comes from Gary Ransdell, the president of Western Kentucky University, who said this:
“It’s those five conferences who have invested the most, have the largest stadiums, and create the television marquee. We just want to be sure we get a little more proportionate share. For the BCS to survive it’s going to take all 120 institutions. The 50 to 60 in those five conferences can’t just play each other. There has to be competition across all the conferences going forward.”
Asked if the current non-AQ conferences would continue to pool their revenue as they do under the current system, Ransdell said, “I would prefer each conference receive whatever is determined. Now that AQ has gone away, I see no reason to have a pooling or gathering of revenue.”
It tells me that Delany’s epic bitch slap of then-WAC commissioner Karl Benson has begun to resonate with mid-major schools. You remember that, don’t you?
Delany sat between SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Scott, the Pac-10′s new commissioner. Only a few feet to Delany’s right sat Benson, but they may have been located on opposite sides of the Earth — much like their polar opposite views of the BCS.
At least on two occasions during the forum, Delany interrupted Benson to hammer his opinion home.
“The BCS has provided greater access,” Benson said. “Look at 120 schools, 11 conferences and to establish opportunities for those student-athletes. To play on the big stage, we’ve been to the big stage. …
“The problem,” Delany interrupted, “is your big stage takes away opportunities for my teams, to play on the stage they created in 1902.”
“If you think you can continue to push for more money, more access to the Rose Bowl, or Sugar Bowl. I have tremendous respect for Boise and TCU. … I think they are tremendous teams that can beat any team in the country on a given day. I think the only question is, ‘Does one team’s 12-0 and another team’s 12-0 equate?’ And that’s where the discussion plays out, not whether or not they’re elite teams or deserving access to the bowl system.
“I’m not sure how much more give there is in the system.”
There isn’t any. The mistake the mid-majors made was focusing on the AQ battle. The big boys just nuked that. And now it’s dawning on the mids that the real battleground is whether they’re going to be around much longer as proud members of D-1 (by the way, are they going to ditch the FBS designation now?). Conference expansion, student-athlete stipends and multi-year scholarships are all current developments that are mid-majors unfriendly – and ominously, two of those are being pushed by the NCAA. The trend lines suggest that a separation between the haves and have-nots of the Division may be coming, and coming soon.
Ransdell realizes that there’s little use in debating how big a share of the pie schools like his should be entitled to when there’s a distinct possibility that they may not even have dessert plates in the near future. College football has arrived at a very different place than it was at when Tulane’s Scott Cowen picked a fight back in 2003, even if Cowen isn’t quite ready to concede that. The big win for the mids this time around isn’t going to be about increasing opportunities for TCU and Boise State to crash the postseason party. It’s going to be for the San Jose States of the college football world to be allowed to continue to ride their coattails to pick up a check.
The next time Jim Delany snarls at you, pay better attention.
Rise and shine, campers.
Loran Smith pays a visit to the now-retired broadcast icon and gets a mournful sounding quote that sounds like a potential epitaph for the game, at least as we’ve known it:
The memories, however, will always bring about reverent and affectionate recall — those days when he would arrive at the stadium long before anybody else. “I wanted to hear the band rehearse,” he smiled on a recent summer day. “I do miss the pageantry and excitement of college football. I enjoy all of that on television now, but it is not like being there live. But there comes a time to quit, and I knew it was time.”
I’m a little sad that I know how Jackson feels.
The NFL-ization of college football steadily continues.
While ESPN has right of first refusal and an exclusive negotiating window before the bidding process is opened, a BCS source told Sporting Newsthat the goal is to get ESPN, NBC, Fox and CBS to bid on some or all of the package and drive up the price.
The new college football postseason television model could look a lot like the NFL postseason model: the most important game rotated annually among television partners.
Anything that gets Thom Brennaman back into the college football postseason would be awesome.
UPDATE: In case you were wondering where that attitude was coming from…
The SEC and Big 12 both wanted the semifinals to be played outside the bowl system, according to a source from the BCS meetings.
Bidding out all three games — the semifinals and championship — would have maximized revenue but relegated bowl games, to use a basketball analogy, to NIT status.
The Big Ten wanted to protect the Rose Bowl, which likely will have a semifinal game every third year. The Pac-12 and ACC also didn’t want to adopt a system that felt so corporate and could be easier to lead to an eight-team playoff.
I did a double take when I saw this, but Rodney Garner has spent half his life as an SEC coach. I wonder how many others can say that.
and the University of Georgia still has 2012 football tickets for sale to the general public.
There’s always room for improvement in every facet of the game, of course, but I thought I’d itemize what Georgia was really, really bad at in 2011. It turns out that there are five statistical categories in which the Dawgs found themselves outside of the top 100 teams in the country (stats, as always per cfbstats.com). In all their glory, they were:
It’s nice to see contributions from all phases of the team there. The first four illustrate the shortcomings we’re all nervous about – offensive line and special teams. It’s the last stat that surprises, given how well the defense played overall. But you could argue that it was the most costly.
How many of those problems do you see big improvement on from Georgia this year?