Category Archives: College Football

Mapping the love

This is pretty cool (h/t).

You can see why Mike Slive was considered such a marketing genius, can’t you?  With those demographics, any of my kids could have engineered a better TV deal than the first one Slive cut.


Filed under College Football

So far, they’re still geniuses.

Nobody’s gone broke overestimating the passion of college football fans, SEC fans in particular.

Viewership is up across the board. The SEC set an all-time record across all conferences with 7,784,376 fans in 2015, leading all FBS conferences in average attendance for the 18th consecutive year with 78,630 fans per game.  There were attendance records set at lower levels of CFB, as well.

Of the reams of data to go through at the linked article, here’s one that deserves a lot of attention:

  • For the seventh consecutive year, the “SEC ON CBS” was the highest-rated regular season college football package on any network. CBS Sports’ national coverage of SEC football averaged a national household rating/share of 3.4/8. This marked the 20th season of SEC football on CBS.
  • CBS also scored the season’s highest-rated and most-watched college football game with the SEC Championship between Alabama and Florida on Dec. 5. The game delivered an average national household rating/share of 7.8/17 and averaged 12.76 million viewers.
  • CBS also had the second most-watched game of the season: Alabama’s primetime showdown versus LSU on Nov. 7, which averaged 11.06 million viewers.

I guess free TV still has its upside.  Advantage:  SEC (and to a lesser extent, Notre Dame).  Think they’re dumb enough to give that up?  For the right amount of Mickey’s money, sure.


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football


In Today’s Great Ideas Whose Time Has Come,

Division-I athletic directors want to create strong ties with Congress, state legislatures and other governmental bodies, and perhaps start a political action committee. Those are among the goals listed in the 2016-17 strategic plan for the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association, which is trying to make ADs more relevant in shaping the NCAA’s future.  [Emphasis added.]

Question:  would Greg McGarity tap the reserve fund for this?


Filed under College Football, Political Wankery

More NCAA rules for everybody!

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel hath spoken, people.  Among other things, it’s announced it has:

  • moved to allow the instant replay official to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action occurred and was missed by on-field officials.
  • approved the use of electronic devices for coaching purposes in the press box and locker room during the game. However, that equipment will still be prohibited on the sidelines, in the team areas and on the field. Additionally, the home institution is responsible for ensuring identical television capability and identical video and Internet connectivity in the coaches’ booths of both teams.
  • directed that the Football Rules Committee will instruct officials to stringently enforce the 3-yard limit regarding ineligible receivers downfield and adjust officiating mechanics to better officiate plays.

I’ll believe that last one when I see it.

The targeting change will probably make the on-field officials even more skittish about those calls.

As far as electronic devices, that opens up a whole new frontier for Nick Saban to challenge.


Filed under College Football, The NCAA

If only American society could change as easily as college football.

Hey, everybody!  The war is over and culture won.

I guess all those Title IX folks can quit their jobs and go home now.


UPDATE:  Some of the media covering Tennessee football don’t appear to have gotten the memo on culture change.


Filed under College Football, It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant

“College football is finally catching up with technology.”

Well, as long as it doesn’t cost anything.

The problem with the helpful tools for coaches? The NCAA doesn’t quite know how to level the playing field and make sure every team has equal access to the coaching tools, from the Power 5 conferences to the FCS programs already struggling financially.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel will discuss Tuesday whether to approve significant changes allowing tablets and computers in the coaches’ booth and inside locker rooms at halftime on game days. The NCAA football rules committee forwarded the proposal it approved in February.

The complex issue involving logistics, money, equal access and much more, however, has some believing the proposal could stall and be placed on the shelf for another year, according to NCAA sources.

“It’s inevitable that somewhere down the line we will move to allow technology, even on the sideline,” said Steve Shaw, the SEC’s director of officials. “It’s inevitable. It’s part of everything we do now, but whether it is ready now, I just don’t know.”

The main issue is consistency across all conferences. Simply put, it’s yet another Pandora’s Box of compliance issues the NCAA could crack open next fall.

The NFL began using tablet technology on its sidelines — a move that could still be several years down the road in the NCAA — in 2013 thanks to a five-year, $400 million deal it signed with Microsoft. Microsoft, along with NFL officials, developed a universal system that guides all 32 teams, which have the same equipment and capabilities. On the college level, such a system could prove impossible, leading to yet another Wild West of insecurity and big moneymakers getting the upperhand.

When you start talking “Wild West” in the context of college football, you know this isn’t going to end well.

Maybe the P5 schools could start throwing in a shipment of iPads along with the million-dollar guarantee fees they offer when they schedule cupcake games.  Used ones, even.  Heck, you know Auburn will be getting the latest upgrade every time one comes out.


Filed under College Football, Science Marches Onward, Strategery And Mechanics

“At this stage in their careers, these guys know how to hit and take a hit.”

The Ivy League is about to take the unprecedented step of eliminating all full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season.  The really interesting thing here is that the decision to do so isn’t being imposed from on high by school presidents.

Instead, the eight Ivy League coaches unanimously approved the measure last week.

It’ll be interesting to see if this is the start of a larger trend.


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple