After a few chuckles, that chart got me to thinking. I mean, here’s Auburn not showing up at a bowl game for the second time in the last three years, giving some program an over-inflated sense of worth. Not good, Bob, but, going forward, what can be done to prevent schools from half-assing another meaningless bowl game?
I’m glad you asked.
We all know that money rules in today’s college football world. Make me god-king of the NCAA for a day, and I’ll make every athletic director, coach and player care about every bowl game the way somebody who took minus-22.5 in a bowl game featuring a mid-major sweats out a drive in garbage time that would cut the final margin to 20 cares. Three easy steps to giving a damn:
- A school only gets its share of conference bowl money if it wins its bowl game.
- A coach only gets a bowl game bonus if his team wins the game.
- Players receive a share of conference bowl money, but only if they suit up for the bowl game.
I realize the third proposition is the most controversial, but, really, how many kids staying out to protect a shot at the NFL are going to turn down, say, a $20,000 check? I’m guessing not many.
Hey, if you’ve got a better suggestion, I’m all ears.