Barry Alvarez lets another Big Ten cat out of the bag.
According to Alvarez, Big Ten officials recently agreed to stop scheduling nonconference games against FCS programs.
“The nonconference schedule in our league is ridiculous,” Alvarez said on WIBA-AM. “It’s not very appealing…
“So we’ve made an agreement that our future games will all be Division I schools. It will not be FCS schools.”
It’s not exactly a cupcake-free diet. More like cupcake-lite. But, still, it’s a step in the right direction. Combine that with the almost given proposition that the conference will go to at least a nine-game conference schedule and it’s pretty clear that the Big Ten Network demands for more product are driving Jim Delany’s scheduling train.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
But it does make you wonder what might be in store for SEC schedules if Slive follows suit by creating his conference’s own network, which seems likely. My guess is that if the TV money’s there, suddenly the coaches’ concerns about schedules being too tough and ADs’ concerns about that seventh home game will vanish into the mist.
And judging from this story about Georgia’s move to cut the student ticket allotment and create a new class of young alumni season ticket holders, don’t think it’ll take that much to move Slive. Don’t get me wrong; I think what McGarity has come up with is a good idea. But here’s the funny part of the tale:
Outgoing school president Michael Adams told the executive board that he had lunch on Monday with SEC commissioner Mike Slive, and that when Adams told Slive about the plan, the commissioner’s “eyes lit up.”
Sure they did. In Mike Slive’s world, you can never have enough wallets to vacuum.