Category Archives: It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

Trolling a troller

In case you didn’t know, Tulane, a founding member of the SEC, is playing The Laner’s team this week.  Here’s one way they’ve chosen to honor the moment.

It’s a nicely snarky response to Junior’s somewhat patronizing comment.


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“The joke was thinking UAB ever had a chance at all.”

It’s a steep fall from here to here.

The difference between a good Group of 5 team and one of the so-called Super Teams of college football is like the difference between a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich and one of the Top 5 meals you’ve ever had in your life.

There is no comparison, in other words. It’s OK to like both peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a meal that might be worthy of your last, but it’s not fair to stand them side by side.


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Respect the depth

This is a nice piece about Saturday’s opponent.  I’ve always had something of a soft spot for UAB, considering the political shenanigans the football program has had to tolerate over the years.  And Bill Clark is a helluva coach.

Anyway, you should read the entire piece, if only to discover this nugget:

UAB’s defensive line was so deep entering this season that a backup transferred to Auburn in the hopes of more playing time.

Now, that’s beautiful.


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Those cupcake games ain’t gonna pay for themselves.

Talk about your high cost of living:

More than $171 million is scheduled to exchange hands this season for Football Bowl Subdivision non-conference games, according to a USA TODAY Sports analysis. Because these contests are not governed by conference scheduling, these so-called “guarantee” games are set up under contracts negotiated between individual schools. Deals for non-conference games almost always include an appearance payment to the visiting team.

USA TODAY Sports used public-records requests to obtain the contracts for 291 of 325 non-conference games scheduled by FBS teams this season. The school bringing in the most money is Kent State, with guarantees worth $5.2 million. In addition to Kent State, 45 schools are set to make over $1 million off guarantees in 2021.

Those dollar signs are going up almost as fast as coaches’ salaries.  Even so, the math last season was pretty brutal.

Louisiana-Monroe’s two largest game contracts for last season were with Georgia and Arkansas, which guaranteed $1.75 million and $1.5 million, respectively. A year later, ULM athletics director Scott McDonald said conversations with both schools regarding settlements are ongoing.

“In my discussions with both Georgia and Arkansas, and others going forward, I didn’t feel like anybody was trying to take advantage of anybody else,” McDonald said. “I think we all felt like we got thrown in this boat and what can we do to try to figure out something that was completely unfathomable.”

ULM lost more than 21% of its $15 million projected revenue for the 2020-21 fiscal year when those two games were cancelled.

“We did as much as we could to tighten our belt and try to survive,” McDonald said. “We had to take that into the next years and look at how we recover from those losses and how it impacts future years. It’s not like we can just forget about it and not go back and try to reclaim some of those losses.”

While smaller FBS schools rely on guaranteed money, Power Five programs still felt the impact of cancelled games. Even McDonald acknowledges that, while Louisiana-Monroe lost out on more than $3 million in guaranteed money, Power Five schools lost tens of millions of dollars because of attendance restrictions and lost gate revenue.

I still can’t help but wonder how long a conference like the SEC goes without expanding its conference schedule, especially if the risk is still there from COVID.  TV doesn’t doesn’t face an infection risk like fans do and more product for Mickey means more money from Mickey.


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TFW you don’t care if you win the press conference

Is it just me, or does Tater Tot seem to have lost a few miles off his fastball?



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12, inevitable

One more thing about spiting Greg Sankey and the plan to expand the CFP to twelve:  the mid-majors are going to fight that.

He also praised the College Football Playoff board recommended the playoff expand to 12 teams. With the AAC sending UCF, Memphis and Cincinnati to New Year’s Six bowl games in the past four seasons, Aresco said expansion is “a meritocratic approach” that gives more teams a chance to compete for a national championship.

“It will also energize college football, I believe, as so many more teams will become relevant and I think it’s going to likely lead to higher ratings,” Aresco said. “I’m all for the process moving ahead if, in fact, there is strong support for it.”

Of course he is.  So is Notre Dame.  So is (even if they won’t admit it out loud right now) the Pac-12.  There are too many vested interests that want playoff expansion to prevent it from happening, hurt fee fees or not.

The only question is whether they have the patience to wait until the current contract with Mickey runs out, in order to have the opportunity to bid it out on the open market.  My bet is that’s a 50/50 proposition, at best.  We’ll see.


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Thursday morning buffet

Sample the wares, peeps.

  • Graham is reporting that College Gameday will head to Charlotte for Georgia’s opener.  Really, it would have been a surprise had it been announced it was going elsewhere.
  • I’m old enough to remember when UCF said they’d play a 2-for-1 with Florida over their dead body.
  • The best play in football is(h/t Josh)
  • Brent Venables is making serious bank.
  • Georgia is sending two players to next week’s SEC Media Days, JT Daniels and Jordan Davis.  What’s the over/under on the number of times Daniels gets asked why he didn’t start sooner last season?
  • Is it now or never for Georgia?”  Narrative, if you’ve lost Mr. Conventional Wisdom…
  • Take this for what it’s worth, a post from someone attending a luncheon yesterday at which Coach Smart spoke about the team.
  • Geoff Collins, the college football director of player personnel pioneer.


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Delusions of grandeur

C’mon, Gus.  Have you really thought this through?

I’m not sure “fun” means what he thinks it means.


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The cool kids are going to UCF.

If you’re Central Florida, it’s not cringy enough to claim a faux natty.  Nah, it’s on to new worlds to conquer.

Are we supposed to tweet at them during games?  And if that’s not cringy enough for you, check out the “how do you do, fellow kids” vibe of Gus explaining this.

Ugh.  That’s awkward enough for somebody to make ’em give back their national championship rings.


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The spirit of Danny White lives on.

I’m laughing so hard over this.

Cheeky bastids, ain’t they?


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