Category Archives: College Football

1,504,512 cherries

Just in case you were wondering, Forbes has compiled a list of the top twenty schools with the biggest athletic food budgets.

  1. University of Arkansas: $3.5 million
  2. Ohio State University: $3.1 million
  3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: $2.8 million
  4. University of Iowa: $2.8 million
  5. Texas A&M University, College Station: $2.7 million
  6. University of Texas, Austin: $2.6 million
  7. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: $2.5 million
  8. University of Kansas: $2.2 million
  9. University of Tennessee, Knoxville: $1.9 million
  10. University of Washington, Seattle: $1.9 million
  11. University of Georgia: $1.7 million
  12. University of Oklahoma, Norman: $1.7 million
  13. University of Maryland, College Park: $1.7 million
  14. Auburn University: $1.5 million
  15. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: $1.5 million
  16. Pennsylvania State University: $1.4 million
  17. Virginia Tech: $1.4 million
  18. University of Louisville: $1.4 million
  19. University of Oregon: $1.3 million
  20. Indiana University, Bloomington: $1.3 million

I have to say I’m a little surprised by the relatively low showing from SEC schools there.  Although that Arkansas budget — I can only wonder what Willie Williams might think.

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They thought they could have it all.

So, Finebaum asks a Twitter question.

And gets this in response.

Number four in particular.

I know many of you are convinced that player payment is what’s going to ruin college football, but as far as I’m concerned, the death spiral began when the people running the sport took the knee and accepted Mickey’s coin on the condition that college football lose its regional focus and attractiveness and chase national appeal in its place.

What’s good for Mickey decidedly isn’t for college football.  Too bad it’ll take the geniuses running college athletics at least another decade before that message really sinks in.  Of course, by then it’ll be way too late… for us.

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Now this is how you do fan friendly.

This morning, I’ve got nothing but love for Louisiana-Lafayette.  Check out its new concession prices:

Fan Favorites Concessions Pricing:
–    Hot Dog, $1.00
–    Popcorn, $1.00
–    Fried Potato Chips, $1.00
–    Cheese Quesadilla, $2.00
–    16oz Domestic Can, $2.00
–    20oz Fountain Soda, $2.00
–    20oz Bottled Dasani Water, $2.00
–    Hamburger/Cheeseburger, $3.00
–    Pretzel, $3.00
–    Frito Chili Pie, $3.00
–    ICEE, $3.00
–    Cheese Nachos, $3.00
–    Large Popcorn, $3.00

Premium Concessions Items Pricing 
–    16oz Craft Can, $4.00
–    16oz Craft Draft, $5.00
–    16oz Domestic Draft, $4.00
–    Premium Hot Dog, $4.00
–    Premium Hamburger/Cheeseburger $6.00
–    Smoked Sausage/Hamburger Po’boy, $8.00
–    Boudin Ball (3) w/ Dip, $7.00
–    Shrimp & Grits, $8.00
–    Vegetarian Jambalaya, $6.00
–    Fried Mac & Cheese w/ Dip, $6.00

You can take a family to a football game and not break the bank on concessions.  What a novel concept.  Kudos to the Ragin’ Cajuns.

As an aside (and also as a lead in to the next post), this brings to mind something we discussed here once about how Georgia ought to consider discounting concession prices for cupcake games as a lever for putting asses in the seats for games with less attendance.  You don’t think something like that might motivate more families to come?

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NCAA, when you’ve lost Lou Holtz…

Company man bites dog.

As for the state of college football, Holtz can only shake his head at coaches like Clemson’s Dabo Swinney making more than $9 million a year or coordinators getting multi-million dollar contracts.

“When I went to the University of Notre Dame they told me the policy was the head coach was not allowed to make more than the president,” Holtz said. “And the president was a priest who took the vow of poverty.”

For the record, Holtz said his salary was $95,000.

“The salaries have escalated and gotten out of hand,” he said. “I can understand why players are upset that they’re not getting part of that money. If you can pay a coach seven or eight million dollars …”

Although it wouldn’t surprise me if his real gripe is that he’s not twenty years younger and coaching today.

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Today, in doing it for the kids

I don’t find this either surprising or a good look.

About 19% of college athletic trainers reported in a recent survey that a coach played an athlete who had been deemed “medically out of participation,” according to results released Tuesday by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association that reveal concerns about college coaches having too much influence in medical decision-making.

NATA president Tory Lindley said such actions put athletes at a “major risk.”

“To think that we’re in 2019 and that would still happen is really concerning,” he said. “It should be concerning for everyone involved in that institution. It should certainly be concerning to the parents, and certainly concerning to the athlete.”

No shit.

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Clear and obvious

I’ve read this three times now, wondering if replay can really be that sensibly applied.

That’s why Thursday’s statement by Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie was so refreshing. Read it in full below.

With the 2019 CFL regular season about to kick off, we want to be as clear as possible on the role of the Command Centre, the standard on which it will conduct video reviews and the philosophy behind that standard. The Command Centre will focus on only overturning calls or non-calls made on the field where a clear and obvious mistake has been made.  In other words, we do not want the game officiated from the Command Centre. The officials on the field have the best sense of the game and usually have a superior vantage point compared to a camera on the sidelines or in the stands.

The Command Centre is just a “back up” to correct clear and obvious mistakes – what are sometimes called egregious errors. Anyone who has played the game, or cheered for a team, knows how one views any play can be somewhat subjective. So how do we, as objectively as possible, define clear and obvious?  Clear refers to the visibility of the issue in question. Can you see, for example, the ball clearly on the replay? Or the foot on the sideline? Is the camera angle straight down the line? Or is it off to the side? Obvious refers to an indisputable reference point, such as a yard line, a sideline, or a knee down. Can you easily see, for example, that the contact on a receiver was early? Or do you have to resort to looking at it in slow motion?

Simply put, you shouldn’t have to watch something several times, or watch at different speeds, if it is clear and obvious. Why is clear and obvious our standard? Why not strive to get every single call right, even if the error was less than clear and obvious?  We want to keep the length of Command Centre reviews reasonable. We do not want video review to slow the pace or flow of the game. We especially do not want it to adversely affect our fans’ enjoyment of the game.

Watching players stand around while the Command Centre looks at a play for a long time is simply not fun. We also want to reduce the total number of challenges by making sure our coaches know they should not use a challenge to simply seek a second opinion; they should only use it to challenge clear and obvious mistakes.

I’m having a hard time arguing it can’t.  What do you guys think?  Is common sense a bitch, or not?

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Wide open

This is what passes for competitive balance these days.

And that’s with a bigger playoff field now.  Gosh, one can only imagine what’ll happen if they start paying players.

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