And Mark Schlabach wins the Intertubes today with this gem.
Although it’ll be on ABC instead of ESPN.
The ABC and ESPN studios will also see changes for 2015. John Saunders will continue to anchor Saturday’s ABC studio coverage, along with second-year analyst Mack Brown and 10-year ESPN analyst Mark May, who will make the switch from ESPN’s studio.
Enjoy that, Mack.
Meanwhile it looks like ESPN’s already groomed its next Mark May.
ESPN’s new studio trio features host Adnan Virk with analysts Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell, who will handle pre-game, halftime and post-game reporting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the season.
Oh, goody. I look forward to another season of SEC trolling/bashing by Kanell. Well, I would if I actually watched ESPN in the studio.
For some reason, the Coaches Poll makes its 2015 appearance next week.
And just a reminder about the one unquestioned achievement of the CFP:
The Coaches Poll used to count for one-third of the formula that was used to determine the BCS standings and national championship participants, but is not part of the determination of the College Football Playoff, which uses a selection committee to determine participating teams.
That’s almost enough by itself to make me stomach a sixteen-team playoff field. Almost.
At the New York Times, you’ll find a nice summary of where things stand with just a couple of days to go before the expiration of Judge Wilken’s delay in the order going into effect.
One thing worth reiterating is this:
After the three-week trial last summer in Oakland, Calif., Wilken found that the N.C.A.A.’s rules were illegal. This does not mean universities must share licensing money with players, only that the N.C.A.A. cannot prevent them from doing so.
If the appeals court doesn’t grant the stay the NCAA seeks, I figure Auburn will be out of the gate on this before the weekend is over.
As noted before, Georgia’s raised its COA figure to middle of the pack by SEC standards. And Seth Emerson reports it’s a fluid situation.
McGarity said UGA, especially Morehead, will be keeping an eye on COA figures around the SEC and the nation, in the hopes it levels out. If not, they’ll revisit Georgia’s next year.
“Our president has been very involved in the whole issue of cost-of-attendance,” McGarity said. “He has been very vocal in his concern about an uneven playing field, about the consequences that has now become evident, even in our conference, about the vast differences.”
It’s not that they’re scared of what they’re paying players. It’s that they’re scared of what everyone else is paying them.
Mike Leach, I love ‘ya, but no…