The Rolling Stones are playing historic Grant Field in June. This isn’t the typical event Georgia Tech hosts, but there’s a method to the madness.
Concerts at the historic stadium are pretty rare, but in this case, the athletic department saw inviting the Rolling Stones as an outside-the-box way to generate revenue to help cover the full cost of attendance.
In total, Bobinski said covering cost of attendance will add an extra $500,000 to the school’s athletic department budget. He said Georgia Tech is expected to receive at least half that amount from the concert.
“The reason we’re doing that is not because we want to have a concert on our great football turf, it is to find ways to generate other revenues,” Bobinski said. “We have to look for other things to fill in the gaps.”
Fill in the gaps, eh? Might I suggest hosting Dragon*Con one year? That would raise a few bucks. As a bonus, you’d be giving a portion of your student population a reason to learn where the football stadium is located.
Evidently this is going to make ESPN’s “Draft Academy” show, which starts tonight.
One somewhat funny scene in the show is when ESPN’s cameras follow Gurley and some friends to a sports bar in Florida to watch the Super Bowl. Of course, the game is won by the New England Patriots when the Seattle Seahawks throw an interception on the 1-yard line and failed to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch.
Gurley jumps up from the table incredulous that they didn’t give the ball to arguably the NFL’s best back. “Run the ball!” he yells.
The Bulldogs lost in similar fashion early in the 2014 season when they did run the ball with Gurley on first-and-goal at South Carolina’s 4 trailing late in the game. But realizing ESPN’s were trained closely on him, Gurley held back.
“I’m just going to be quiet on this one,” he said with a grin.
“I’m just going to be quiet on this one”? What kind of Dawg fan are you anyway, Todd?
He beasted on G-Day. And he’s not done yet.
Carter isn’t satisfied.
“There’s so much more I can do,” the sophomore said. “Once I grow as a player, it’s crazy imagining what I can do.”
Call me crazy, then.
One of the things I most admire about the trollery we’re subjected to in these parts this time of year is its intellectual rigor.
Any stat from any scrimmage is fair game to spin a complete picture of… well, everything from the prospects of divisional contention to how a starting quarterback should be selected. Obviously most of the concern is of the negative variety – after all, that’s kind of the point to trolling in the first place, no? – but it seems that only Georgia will suffer negative consequences in the take from a controlled scrimmage.
It’s never that way for, say, Missouri. Funny how that works.
If I’m reading this story correctly, Florida could potentially start the 2015 season with only one offensive lineman in its two-deep who’s ever started a collegiate game.
I think I’ve said this before, but if I were in contention to start at quarterback for Florida this season, I don’t know how urgently I’d feel the need for that. Either that, or I’d better have the best peripheral vision on the planet. And some legs.
Michael Carvell asks a bunch of coaches how they feel about the about-to-be early signing period. There’s a bunch of talk about commitment, but most of it’s pretty one-sided, as you might expect. Coaches gonna coach, and all. On that side, it’s pretty much distilled into a paragraph by Bert:
“I love the early signing period just for two reasons. First, it allows the kid who wants to come and be somewhere to go ahead and sign. It can really be a cost-effective measure that you don’t have to keep recruiting him in December and January. You know, (with the way we do it now) you’re just kind of babysitting him, even though you know he’s coming. You’re just worried that somebody else is working him. I think it’s going to save a tremendous amount of time and dollars for coaches. And then the second thing, and it makes the most sense, it clears up the recruiting process for the people who want to get it cleared up. I think there are too many times where there’s so much time in there, some doubt can begin to creep into those minds of kids where they have been 100-percent committed for so long … and it gets a kid in a bad situation, and just leads to confusion. I think that part is real.”
Saving money and not letting doubt into the picture. What else do you need?
The coach who gets it right is Hugh Freeze, who, interestingly enough, opposes the early signing period rule. He’d prefer something I’d like to see – sign and drive.
“You know what I want? I wish that if a kid commits to us, and we’re truly committed to him, I’d like to send him the papers right then. And you will find out who is really committed on both sides. I would say start this in August of his senior year. If a kid is committed to you, you can send them the papers to sign. You will find out really quickly which schools are committed to which kids, and which schools are committed to which kids. We’ll stop all the shenanigans about the lack of commitment, and what commitment really means…”
Keep preaching, brother.
When it comes to satellite camps, Urban Meyer isn’t going to let the other monkeys have all the fun.
Even if he thinks they shouldn’t.
“If our staff, who has much more information than I do because they’re in the trenches, if it helps us, we’ll do it,” Meyer said. “I think we might try one this year. You’ll certainly hear about it if we do.
“There’s a lot of conversation in our recruiting meetings every Wednesday about making a move and trying one. I hope the NCAA (puts an end to those). I think that should be outlawed. We shouldn’t be allowed to do that.
“I think you just recruit on campus, do a good job.”
Nothing stopping the Big Ten from putting the kibosh on that, Corch. The SEC already does that on its own.
You get the feeling this is about to go all Wild West. How many Ohio State satellite camps in Alabama could it take to blow the whole thing up?