I don’t know whether Greg McGarity is simply screwing with us now, or if he’s sincerely concerned about what he perceives as a big problem facing the football program. Either way, I think this qualifies as a just shoot me now moment:
“We don’t have a go-to song,” McGarity said. “We don’t have a song right now that our fans, when they hear it, act like some of the fans of other schools when they hear their songs. We’ve never really had a go-to song or something people hear that makes them react in a certain way.”
You’ve never really had something people hear that makes them react in a certain way? Oh, I don’t know about that.
What the AJ-C refers to as Georgia Tech’s “season-ticket strategy”:
The ticket office also came up with a clever incentive, two movie screenings to be held at Bobby Dodd Stadium in July for season-ticket holders only. Fans will be allowed to watch the movies – “Muppets Most Wanted” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” if you’re wondering – on the field. It’s a unique experience and, perhaps best of all for the athletic department, the cost is fairly negligible.
Why Tech doesn’t simply give in to the inevitable and offer a discount to Dragon*Con as part of its season ticket package escapes me.
Rogers Redding isn’t used to backpedaling and it clearly shows as the NCAA Football Rules Committee is in full retreat on the 10-second substitution rule proposal.
It’s likely the rules committee will also consider unofficial feedback, including the results of an anonymous survey of FBS head coaches conducted by ESPN.com. The survey of 128 coaches showed overwhelming opposition to the proposal. Ninety-three coaches (73 percent) were opposed; 25 (19.5 percent) were in favor of the proposal; nine (seven percent) were undecided.
“It’s a piece of information that people are gonna be interested in,” Redding said. “Whether it would sway anyone, it’s another data point. I wouldn’t be surprised if it (had an impact).”
I think I’m gonna have to appropriate “it’s another data point” as a brush off response. Although I suppose it beats saying, “yeah, this has been a real clown show”.
And once again, Saban proves he’s the smartest guy in the room by not commenting publicly.
Nom, nom, nom…
- Jay Jacobs brings the heavy smack on the 10-second substitution rule: “The only health and safety problem with this rule is opposing teams’ fans getting mad because they get beat, and the safety of their coaches because they can’t stop it.”
- Final arguments from Northwestern’s NLRB hearing sound a bit conflicted.
- Groo wonders what sort of impact Greg McGarity’s pump up the jam initiative will have on the future of the Redcoat Band.
- What do you think it says that the Mark Richt spring speaking tour is making a stop in Houston, Texas?
- “O’Bannon economic expert Daniel Rascher estimated that a football player on Alabama’s 2010 team would have received $47,330 from live broadcasting revenue that year and about $190,000 over four years.”
- The Sporting News‘ list of top 2014 running backs starts with a name you might know.
- Everybody used to like Bret Bielema.
- Ted Valentine does something Penn Wagers can only dream about.
- 11 Alive has a little something on Chris Conley’s Star Wars tribute. (h/t Bernie)
- The director of the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California has some advice for people who are subsidizing the rising costs of sports channels on cable television: “The little old lady in Pasadena is going to have to suck it up.”
The O’Bannon plaintiffs’ trial strategy – use the NCAA’s own records to show contradictions in how the association has approached the use of athletes’ names and likenesses – is so obvious that it would be an act of blatant malpractice to do otherwise.
And it’s not like they have to work up much of a sweat doing it.
An e-mail chain from January 2008 in which an LSU athletics official asked whether Sports Illustrated could legally offer a DVD commemorating LSU’s football national title to customers who bought a subscription to the magazine and whether players who appeared in the DVD might face eligibility questions.
In the emails, then-NCAA membership services associate director Leeland Zeller writes back to the LSU official that an NCAA rules interpretation “clearly addresses” and prohibits “the use of the DVD as ‘premium’ in conjunction with a subscription. … Regardless, SI does this every year. If the school asks about it, they are advised to send a cease and desist letter, which preserves the eligibility of the student-athletes. SI ignores the letter and we all go on about our business.”
The NCAA mouthpiece had no comment in response to the article. Unfortunately for the NCAA, that approach won’t work in court.
I keep waiting for some school president or conference commissioner to wonder out loud what Mark Emmert’s thinking. But I guess we won’t hear that until the litigation goes badly. Or ever.
A little taste of Butts-Mehre attitude for you this morning…
The Bulldogs thrashed the Tigers 71-56 before an announced crowd of 5,229 at Stegeman Coliseum, which is below Georgia’s average of 6,638 for SEC home games this season. Missouri was the highest-rated SEC team that will visit Athens this winter, but Tuesday’s game had a 9 p.m. tip on ESPNU.
“I think sometimes that is used as an excuse,” McGarity said. “I know it creates hardships on people coming from Atlanta and that it absolutely affects them, but tickets were free for our students last night. We’re not in an exam period, and I’ve always felt that with the student body, later is better.”
Free tickets. Loud piped in music. Evening start. And still the students won’t come.
I’m obviously drawing a very different conclusion from McGarity about what that means, but what do I know? He’s got a much bigger reserve fund than I do.
UPDATE: Seth has some more on the subject here.