Category Archives: College Football

“The pros and cons of a spring game”

Really, it’s a coaches vs. fans kind of debate, isn’t it?  (We know where ESPN stands.)

But even the coaches know a spring game brings its own kind of juice.

“The cons [to not having a spring game] are for the fans and a certain piece of recruiting, because my first two spring games here, it’s been electric,” Stoops said. “We’ve had great crowds, very energetic and it was a nice way to break the end of spring ball and gear up for the fall and just to get out and spend some time with the fans, plus the recruiting piece.”

Sumlin’s second spring practice at Texas A&M, which included famed quarterback Johnny Manziel coming off a Heisman Trophy, drew an estimated 45,000 fans to Kyle Field.

“We had 45,000 people and ESPN; the exposure is a big deal,” Sumlin said. “I think our guys, from an energy standpoint, enjoy the spring game.”

So why not take the next step and go with what coaches like Swinney, O’Leary and Freeze have suggested:  go live.

“I would love to see us be able to scrimmage another team,” he said. “That way you can go ones on ones, twos on twos, threes on threes — really get something out of it. Maybe even adopt a charity. Maybe it’s [an FCS] opponent that you don’t play in the regular season. I think there would be a lot of interest in something like that. I wish we could do something like that.”

I know it sounds radical.  But I can’t help but wonder… Ohio State had almost 100,000 folks at its spring game, and charged them $5 apiece for the privilege.  What could schools like Georgia and Clemson collect from football-starved fans to show up for a game between the two on a nice April day?


Filed under College Football

Wednesday morning buffet

Another day full of buffet goodness:

  • Art Briles says Baylor’s non-conference schedule had “zero impact” on his team not making the CFP last season.  He’s right, in that had Baylor not lost to West Virginia, it would have been in.  He’s wrong in that the non-conference schedule left Baylor with zero margin for error.
  • What do you get when some economics professors rank the intensity of college football rivalries?  This“Within a conference, the most intense two-way rivalry was between Central Michigan and Western Michigan…”  You might want to think about tweaking your measurements, fellas.
  • If Natrez Patrick stays at inside linebacker, at ten or so pounds heavier than Alec Ogletree, he’d be the biggest player ever to suit up at the position under Richt.
  • Nick Saban wants to be clear about satellite camps.  He’s agin’ ’em.  And you don’t want to offend Alabama on the recruiting front, people.
  • So, there was an inside guy on the Winston crab legs heist?  Steve Spurrier’s gonna have to come up with a new nickname for FSU, methinks.
  • It’s only April and the 2015 watch lists for awards march has started.  Wake me when it’s over.
  • It looks like Georgia Tech has landed its B-back for this season.
  • Year2 discusses the case for Nick Chubb’s Heisman possibilities.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big 12 Football, College Football, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting

Saturday morning buffet

A few odds and ends to get your weekend going:


Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Crime and Punishment, Fall and Rise of Bobby Petrino, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Nick Saban Rules

“We get kind of scared.”

College athletic directors know it’s stupid to schedule games 12 and 15 years out.  They know they shouldn’t do it. They don’t even like doing it. And yet they can’t help themselves.

That’s not exactly Einstein’s definition of insanity, but it’s close.


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The real amateurism problem

You just had your big ticket item, NCAA, your billion-dollar jewel, close out the season with this takeaway:

All that money, and you can’t be bothered coming up with competent officiating for your organization’s annual biggest night on the stage?  What, you didn’t know it was coming?

It’s not just the NCAA, of course.  The P5 conferences won’t make the effort to professionalize their football officials either.

Maybe they all think the fans like crappy refs.


Filed under College Football, The NCAA

If you build it, they will watch.

From the department of the more, the merrier: Four new bowls apply for 2015-16 certifications, potentially bringing total to 43.


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“Football is our common currency.”

If there’s anything that puzzles me about our infrequent, yet oft-heated debates over politics here at the blog, it’s that some of you confess that your awareness of the political leanings of other folks colors your perception of them as football fans.

Honestly, that’s weird to me.  I have close friends who run the gamut of the political spectrum.  We may differ; we may argue.  But our friendships are never affected by that.  And I look at all the commenters here the same way.  Nobody is coming to GTP for our insightful political commentary.  We’re here because we love college football.  And that’s how I take everyone, no matter the political insults thrown my way.

That’s why I recommend you take a couple of minutes to read this essay that appears in the current issue of Garden and Gun about what it means to be a football fan in the South.  And maybe take it to heart the next time you go back and forth with somebody of a different political persuasion in a comment thread here.  ‘Cause that’s really why I’m here.


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