Man, I wonder if anyone has suggested this to Steve Shaw yet.
Talk about a whole new revenue stream…
Here’s something you wouldn’t have heard ten years ago.
New Belgium Brewing has given the school $4.3 million towards the construction of an on-campus football stadium. Both New Belgium and Colorado State are located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“We’re delighted to expand our partnership with New Belgium Brewing – and to honor the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our community by highlighting a tremendously successful, home-grown brand at the new stadium,” CSU president Tony Frank said in a statement.
As part of the gift, New Belgium gets north end zone hospitality naming rights.
A school “in partnership” with a brewery… what’s the world coming to?
And think of the naming possibilities at Georgia. Greg McGarity’s mouth is probably watering just thinking about it: “Marjorie, get Don Leebern on the phone for me, please.”
If Mark Emmert should ever part ways with the NCAA, this looks like the perfect career opportunity for him.
Amateurism is the best.
The next time I find myself sitting through one of those interminable dead stretches when they’re pitching Buicks and shitty cell phone service on CBS or ESPN while I’m sitting in the hot sun twiddling my thumbs, this will probably be going through my head:
“One thing is experience,” Kaaya said. “You don’t really know how the rhythm of the game goes. One thing that really shocked me at first was all the TV timeouts. It seemed like every time my freshman year when we’re about to go out on the field, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling warmed up and there’s a TV timeout right before I’m about to go out and we have to wait five minutes.”
Five minutes? Seems longer than that, sometimes. But I can definitely sympathize, brother.
And it takes a once frugal Athletic Director to okay a spending spree on an enlarged support staff.
Georgia’s spending on its football support staff has jumped more than 33 percent in the past year as new coach Kirby Smart has added to what already was an increased off-the-field presence in the program.
That’s something Smart grew accustomed to when he was on staff at Alabama.
“Oh, man, we get a tremendous amount of help,” Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. “If you’re overweight and need to lose weight, we have people for that. If you’re going through family issues, there’s someone for that. Academic, there’s someone for that. There’s no excuse for why you shouldn’t be on top of your game at Alabama. They give you everything you need to be successful and that’s why I feel like we’ve had so much success.”
Smart was with the Crimson Tide for nine seasons under coach Nick Saban, the last eight as defensive coordinator. Smart said in January that Alabama had the “largest staff of any capacity I’ve ever seen,” but said he didn’t think “you need every one of those roles.”
Georgia is spending $2,893,550 on support staff positions, up from $2,171,393 a year ago, according to data received in an open records request by OnlineAthens.com. The numbers are also impacted by a three percent merit increase for athletics staff for the fiscal year that just started.
Is that a lot? Well, yeah.
Alabama reported spending $2.7 million on football support staff in 2013-14 in its NCAA financial report, according to CBSSports.com.
Mark Richt can only shake his head in admiration. This is a perfect example of why I’ve left that Quote of the Day up for three months.
It’s what “all in” looks like, observers of the Georgia Way. Best get used to it.
Plantation talk at the University of Colorado:
After learning through a campus climate survey that some African-American students said they didn’t feel valued and supported on the Boulder campus, the chancellor began meeting regularly with students and staff to try to better understand the problem.
“(The staff member) said that even though the black football players and men’s basketball players are getting a free education and a free ride, everything they do pays for the young white female playing tennis or on the golf team or track and field,” DiStefano said. “He said they talk about being part of ‘The Plantation,’ that their sweat and tears are really for other people, not for them.”
He said he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about that story since he heard it.
“It’s one of the reasons our black athletes don’t come back to campus,” DiStefano said.
It’s what you get when you live in a world where money matters above all else.
The point here isn’t to rail about the unfairness of amateurism, believe it or not. It’s to point out that if the schools are serious about protecting that protocol, they need to do a better job of making sure their black student-athletes don’t feel so alienated. That probably means offering a little more than “you’ve got a scholarship, so shut the hell up and play”.