Georgia Southern’s president wants us to believe that the cupcakes are in it for more than just the money. It’s a special opportunity.
“But what is more important is the opportunity our students get to perform on a national stage. When we went to Alabama [in 2011], our football players played in that incredible setting. Our band had the opportunity to march on that field. Our fans got to tailgate on that campus. You can’t put a dollar figure on that kind of experience.”
Gee, that sounds so great, you wonder if Alabama might ask for a refund of half the $400,000 it paid to get GSU to visit in the first place.
In fairness, he actually comes off sounding pretty reasonable if you read the entirety of Barnhart’s piece. GSU’s in a tough spot. It’s spending a ton of money to upgrade as it moves to D-1 play, in hopes of bigger travel payouts. But if the haves separate into a new super division that’s structured to play all its games within, that’s going to leave the Eagles holding a fairly costly bag.