Remember back in 2005, when the NCAA voted to expand college football’s regular season with a twelfth game and visions of sugar plums danced in our heads of schools using that extra game to swing a good matchup?
It turns out at the time that Georgia took that stuff seriously.
“I don’t even remember how this thing happened,” Richt said. “We made a decision at Georgia. ….We said when we go to this 12th game we’re going to add another BCS opponent, mostly somewhere out of the Southeast region. So the Arizona States we played and the Oklahoma States we played, and we did a little bit of that kind of thing and we also, Clemson got put in during that time. It was still another BCS opponent out of our league.”
That was then. This is now:
“Periodically, it’s good to play these kind of nonconference games,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said a few weeks back about Notre Dame. “Whenever we schedule a game whether it’s them or someone else, it’s just periodic in nature. Does that mean every three or four years? I don’t know. It’s just what feels right and what’s best for our program.”
Time will tell, right, Greg?
At least now Georgia can get back to the basic reason the NCAA added that twelfth game in the first place.
The prospect of extending the season had raised the concerns of the reform-minded Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which urged NCAA officials to reject the 12th game until the impact of rigorous new academic standards had become clear. ACC officials unanimously opposed it, arguing that an 11-game season was sufficient for college students. The American Football Coaches Association also lobbied against it, fearing the physical toll it would take on their squads.
But with millions of dollars of untapped revenue at stake, NCAA board members met behind closed doors yesterday and voted, 8-2 with one abstention, in favor of adding a 12th game.
For football powers such as Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee, which play in 100,000-seat stadiums that dwarf the typical NFL venue, an extra home game could mean more than $3 million per year in additional revenue.
Kansas Chancellor Bob Hemenway, chairman of the NCAA directors, said in a conference call after the vote that “there were a number of issues” that argued in favor of extending the schedule. “It was not just money,” Hemenway said.
When they say it’s not about money…