Category Archives: Big East Football

Sometimes, being the last conference standing can pay off.

If this story is accurate, that’s a knee to the nuts of Pitt and Syracuse, ain’t it?

Who’da thunk the only other conference besides the SEC with a national broadcast contract would be… the Big East?


Filed under Big East Football, It's Just Bidness

Wednesday morning buffet

Chow down, people.


Filed under Arkansas Is Kind Of A Big Deal, Big East Football, Georgia Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The NCAA

AQ, Shmay cue

The Conference USA commissioner looks at the sweeping away of AQ and non-AQ designations for conferences and sees a glass half full.

“The old system, with the AQ and non-AQ, was very difficult for us,” said Banowsky. “To be honest, it was just a negative branding for our universities.

“There was no reason for it. It was a branding that labeled some schools worthy and other schools unworthy. That label as unworthy was very damaging.”

But here’s the thing about that.  What he’s most excited about – “We now have the possibility of a team from our league being in the national championship conversation.”  – never had anything to do with whether his conference was an AQ.  That designation only had to do with admission to the BCS games that weren’t hosting the title game.

It’s true that conferences like C-USA won’t be automatically locked out from having more than a certain number of their schools play in the upper tier bowls.  But that doesn’t mean they still won’t be facing an uphill struggle to do so.  Meet the new perception:

It will take a school in the perceived smaller football conferences playing a difficult nonconference schedule and then sweeping through its schedule without a loss.

“The schools in our league understand that,” said Banowsky. “Schools in our league have done that.

“I think you can look at Tulsa. They played Oklahoma last year.”

Now he’s discussing that in the context of the four-team playoff, but it’s applicable to the other games as well.  After all, the selection committee is going to be ranking more than four teams at season’s end.

Bottom line?  It’ll be interesting to see if he’s as optimistic about the new regime in, say, 2018 or 2019.

Meanwhile, Joe Bailey, the Big East’s new commissioner, looks at that same glass and can’t help staring at the half empty part.  He knows that the Big East losing its AQ status and not having a contractual tie in with a top-tier bowl puts his conference in a tougher spot than before.  He just can’t put it that baldly.

“… This relationship with the bowls that other conferences have, they’ve always had them. We’ve always felt that at the end of the day, even though there was AQ status, you wanted to play well and earn your way into a bowl and not necessarily be anointed.

“Based on the meritocracy, we feel pretty good that quite a number of teams based on our historical performance level will mean the conference will be absolutely fine.”

That’s the thought of a man who goes home at night praying that the Boise State love doesn’t end any time soon.  Because talk of historical meritocracy doesn’t go very far when it’s about a conference that’s been blown up and reassembled with parts from mid-major conferences scattered across the continent.  And that’s why instead of talking specifics, Joe Bailey winds up sounding like Chance the gardener.

“The best way to say this is that most schools and then most conferences have peaks and valleys,” Bailey said. “Sometimes you perform well over a period of time, and other times you go down a little bit.”

Expect to hear more talk like this from Big East folks if the ACC continues in its present mediocrity.  It’ll be small consolation for not having an Orange Bowl contract.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big East Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

Friday morning buffet

Congrats, you made it!  Now have some football.

  • Quayvon Hicks thinks Zander Ogletree is a “great man”… just not a big man.  (Seeing as Hicks just won a state title in the discus throw, I’m not gonna argue with him.)
  • North Carolina’s ACC peers aren’t very happy with its Butch Davis-era NCAA violations.
  • Michael Elkon confirms that I made a good decision not to listen to the absurd Buzz Bissinger debate (using the term loosely) about banning college football.
  • But I sure as hell would have tuned in for thisLeach said, “I would have massacred those people. I would have loved to been part of that debate.”
  • Mark Richt has some thoughtful observations about concussion safety and where football might be headed as a result.
  • Boise State may be having second thoughts about joining the Big East, in part because the TV money may not be there.
  • Years after the demise of the Blue-Gray Game, it looks like Montgomery will be hosting a new “College Football All Star Game”.
  • Derek Dooley, Roy Adams and Adolf Hitler.  Who says Tennessee football isn’t fun?


Filed under ACC Football, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big East Football, College Football, General Idiocy, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Mike Leach. Yar!, The Body Is A Temple

Tuesday morning buffet

Here are a few tasty tidbits to nibble on:

  • Stewart Mandel argues that the canning of the Big East commissioner is proof that school presidents have too much say… over a guy they hire.  No, I’m not kidding.
  • I don’t care which side of the playoff debate you fall, this piece by Bill Connelly about college football’s historical tap dance with a playoff is a must read.
  • Welcome to the SEC, Missouri and TAMU fans.
  • Speaking of fans, I’m always a sucker for posts categorizing a school’s fan base.  Here’s one from Shakin the Southland.
  • For those of you who think Georgia may go into the 2012 season with the best depth at running back in the SEC, Paul Myerberg makes a case for Texas A&M’s depth.
  • If you want to know what the conference commissioners who are opposed to a conference champs-only playoff format are arguing, Tony Barnhart’s “memo” is there for you.
  • Jarvis Jones has made the Lott Trophy watch list.
  • One more way that SOD is special“At a meeting of the University of Tennessee Athletics Board on the morning of the Vols’ spring game, it was announced that season ticket sales were down for the third straight year…”


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big East Football, Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

You’ve got to spend money to lose money.

Man, Rutgers athletics are expensive (h/t Brad Wolverton).

… Rutgers funneled $28.5 million from the university budget and student fees into sports, the most among 54 U.S. public universities in the biggest football conferences, based on data compiled by Bloomberg for the fiscal year ended last June. It was at least the second straight year at the top of the list for the state university of New Jersey, despite cost-cutting after lawmakers and faculty protested that academics were losing out.

That basically happened as a result of the football program’s slide last season.

Fiscal 2011 included the first losing football season in six years. Ticket sales for all sports, led by football, plunged by $3.1 million; contributions fell $1.5 million; and income from royalties and licensing declined $477,558. The lost revenue more than offset the spending reductions Pernetti was making.

Revenue Shortfall

Pernetti squeezed athletic administration salaries 12 percent by negotiating lower pay for new employees and shifting responsibilities of people who left or retired to remaining workers. He reduced travel costs 21 percent. And he lowered fundraising, marketing and promotion expenses 24 percent by using more e-mail.

Pernetti still needed $9 million from student athletics fees and $19.4 million from the Rutgers general budget, according to the school’s report. The total worked out to $969 a student, more than three times the average among the 54 universities.

You want to know what’s sad?  Coach Schiano’s departure to the NFL turned out to be a cost-saving boon, as the school chose to promote an assistant who will make more than $1 million/year less.  You know what’s even sadder?  That Rutgers’ AD thinks the next Big East TV contract is going to “at least” double in revenue.  Oy.

If you’re interested, there’s an interactive chart here where you can see how Georgia stacks up against other public schools in raising funds outside of the athletic department.


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“… we have that available to us with two programs that also have football.”

Man, the Big East is turning itself into one shitty football conference.

… The Big East will also be adding Central Florida, Houston, SMU, Navy, San Diego State and Boise State in the coming years, and soon will lose West Virginia to the Big 12 and Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Big East’s plan has been to get to 12 football teams and eventually have a conference championship game. Memphis, plus incumbent schools Cincinnati, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida, could get the conference to that point by 2015.

No geography and diminished quality (here’s a statistical snapshot of Memphis’ last football season.  Ugh.) make for a helluva combination.  Boise State’s gotta be pinching itself today over its good fortune.  It looks like the Broncos have fallen into the best of both worlds:  a BCS conference which they stand a good chance of dominating.

Rick Pitino’s happy, though.  That must count for something.


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Tuesday morning buffet

Some tasty morsels have been set out for you this morning:


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big East Football, Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Thanks for your support.

In the space of two weeks, West Virginia goes from voting in favor of doubling the fee to exit the Big East to suing the conference to leave early.  That’s one helluva spin move, fellas.


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