“Now I can’t even come close.”

The ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots, in one paragraph:

Texas has a larger athletic budget — No. 1 nationally at $179 million — than the entire Mountain West combined. Nick Saban makes more per year than the lower-resource Mid-America Conference gets in network media rights. Two of the MAC’s head coaches have left their jobs in the last two years to become coordinators at major-conference schools.

You’d think that’s a big problem for the mid-majors.  But, no, my friends, the real pending crisis faces the wealthy.

“One has to wonder what’s the world going to look like 10 years from now?” said one Power Five athletic director who did not want to be identified. “That’s a fascinating conversation. If we don’t care [about the smaller schools], we might be needing to prepare to play each other.”

Oh.  My.  Gawd.  That would be awful.


UPDATE:  Turns out there’s nothing to worry about here.

Emmert said having a one-size fits all structure is challenging when athletic budgets range from $10 million at one school to the $106 million South Carolina projects this school year.

 “But everybody’s recognizing that’s that is just the reality of the world like so many things in life,” Emmert said. “They’re all trying to adjust to it.”

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  1. No Country 4 Old Dawgs

    Dear Mark Emmert,
    PS That raise we talked about, Done & DUN