Delusions of grandeur

Before there was UCF pretending it belonged with the big boys — as far as I’m concerned, Gus Malzahn should never be forgiven for empowering Danny White’s fantasy — there was Boise State.  (Although to be fair, Boise State has been far more willing to schedule above its pay grade than Central Florida has.)

Anyway, there sits Boise, out there in Idaho with its blue field, surrounded by potatoes and no P5 conference even remotely interested.  What’s a self-important school to do?  Why, browbeat its fellow members in the Mountain West over revenue sharing.

They’ve been receiving a bigger share of TV money than other schools in the conference and now the conference is prepared to turn that spigot off.  The fun part is figuring out what those mysterious options the school cites really are.

Leave the conference?  If there were a P5 group willing to take BSU, they’d have gone a long time ago.  Hell, I’m not sure there’s a Group of Five conference interested in stretching out that way.  A lawsuit would be about as much fun as a conference search.

It all goes to show that it ain’t easy maintaining a rep as king of the dipshits.

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15 responses to “Delusions of grandeur

  1. Cosmic Dawg

    Those ‘dipshits” – and UCF – beat Georgia not too long ago. I don’t think they deserve quite so much disdain as you are dishing out.

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    • UCF (10 years ago) and Boise (8) aren’t really relevant. The bottom line the Senator is making is that if these two schools were worth a share of the Power 5 media rights pie they would have been snapped up long ago by the Pac 12 (Boise) and the ACC or Big 12-2 (UCF). This ain’t about on-the-field performance … it’s purely about eyeballs on TV sets.

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    • Those ‘dipshits” – and UCF – beat Georgia not too long ago. I don’t think they deserve quite so much disdain as you are dishing out.

      Unless you’re saying either deserved an invite to join a P5 conference for beating Georgia, I don’t think you get my point here.

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      • gastr1

        Well, but wins against P5 teams have to be a consideration.

        The bottom line for Boise isn’t the program or the lack of proximity. It’s a) the market and b) the university. If they were in a bigger market and had a more prestigious, better-funded university, they’d have been snapped up long ago by the Pac 12, Big 12, or Big 10. Directional/city-state universities, though, tend to stay relegated.

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        • But they’re not. Also, have any idea how the rest of their sports programs perform?

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          • gastr1

            I’m not sure what part you’re referring to re: “they’re not,” but I undermined my first point in the rest of my post.

            Even more to that, directional state/urban public universities don’t & won’t ever get to P5 conferences: the flagship schools in their states won’t allow it (even if they’re not in a P5 themselves).

            Once a little bro, always a little bro, in this case.

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          • gastr1

            (Regardless how any of their sports teams perform, btw)

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      • Cosmic Dawg

        I was mostly referring to Boise State, suggesting a well-run top 25 program that would beat 40% – 50% of either division in the SEC might deserve more respect than “King of the Dipshits”, regardless of accidents of geography or Power 5 invites.

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  2. duronimo

    Reminds me of the old story of two men sitting in a two-hole outhouse. Upon finishing his arduous task, one got up and as he pulled up his pants a $5 bill shook lose and dropped into the darkness below. Instantly he pulled out a Fifty and dropped that in. Puzzled, the other grunter said, “What did you do that for?” ,,,, Answer …. “You didn’t think I’d go down in there for a 5 did you? Shit happens when money is involved.

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  3. NoAxe

    For what it is worth: they refer to their blue field as “Smurf” turf. For the record.

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  4. 92 Grad

    These mid major schools would lose many millions just to get their athletic department to qualify for a P5 conference. I dont know what they are any more, but moving up to a major conference like the PAC requires all sorts of minimum requirements. It’s like bringing up a private school to meet the accreditation standards in order to qualify to be an accredited institution.

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  5. Mayor

    Gee….when you called this post “Delusions of Grandeur” I thought it was going to be about FU. At least about Mullen. I’m disappointed.

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  6. CB

    Boise beat division and or conference champs from every P5 (then AQ) conference in the country. They would have had a legitimate gripe if left out of a 4 team playoff.

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