Sally Lehr, your problem is that what you see as a bug, Steve Patterson sees as a feature.
I fear for the rebranding.
The new president of the University of Texas comes out in favor of beer sales at football games, even though “he rarely drinks beer”.
Steve Patterson, ladies and gentlemen… Steve Patterson.
Plenty of nibbles this morning:
- Big 12, this “One True Champion” stuff isn’t nearly as hard as you’re making it.
- Steve Patterson continues the rebranding: “Forty-five years ago China and the U.S. were at war. What opened the door? Ping pong? The same people that are going what the heck are you doing in Dubai were the same people who said why are you playing ping pong in China?”
- NCAA to coaches: sure, we’ll get you notice so you can’t complain about that, but input? Naaaah.
- Jerry Hinnen’s SEC East post-spring wrap up is here.
- And here’s the one for the SEC West.
- Athlon’s SEC head coach rankings list is, well… a little different.
- So how good a job did Dan Mullen do with his 2011 recruiting class? This writer wonders if it was the most underrated class ever.
- Along those lines, check out this post at Team Speed Kills about program rebuilding.
The Texas AD doesn’t see the need to schedule a game with Texas A&M, but sending a group to Dubai “on a football-related trip meant to explore future possibilities for Texas athletics”? No problemo.
And isn’t it convenient that Steve’s wife speaks Arabic?
He’s something else.
I’ve got the chafing dishes fired up for you…
- Carvell asks a bunch of coaches if early signees should be let out of their NLIs if the head coach is gone from the program before the February signing day. Most said yes. (Although Stoops has a point when he says, “No, because I believe you sign with the school – with the school and with the program. I believe that’s why you sign. You sign to go to school at that university. If that’s not what you’re doing, then you don’t need to sign early.”)
- Athlon ranks the SEC football coaching jobs. Georgia is third.
- Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin want their schools to play each other. (“Can you imagine Florida not playing Florida State or South Carolina not playing Clemson?” Strong said.) Good thing Steve Patterson is there to maintain the status quo!
- The NCAA claims that some members of its Committee on Infractions received “violent threats” after the materials in the McNair litigation were released, although it remains mum on the details.
- And here’s a power ranking of the SEC’s cross-divisional games in 2015. Georgia is, understandably, tops in the East, but check out what the author has to say about LSU’s supposedly tough draw. “The Tigers have won four of the last five vs. the Gators, but again, Florida is one of the most dangerous teams in the country” sounds like something straight out of Joe Alleva’s mouth.
- Barrett Sallee is really impressed with Georgia’s linebacking corps – imagine what he’d think if he’d remembered to include Davin Bellamy in his analysis.
- In case you missed it, Ohio State made sure that Urban Meyer will be paid more than Jim Harbaugh (but not as much as Nick Saban). Though as we all know, things could change down the road.
On the surface, this doesn’t sound unusual.
Getting the best seats for University of Texas sporting events will be based on a new loyalty points system tied to how much a fan donates or spends on tickets.
“Big deal”, you say. “What’s so new about that?”
The devil’s in the details.
How is the Loyalty Points program different from the previous priority system?
Previously, priority was based on your current year’s annual giving and the sport specific program (i.e., season tickets in football, basketball, baseball). Loyalty Points looks at cumulative giving, as well as your current annual contribution.
In other words, you want the perks with your football season tickets? Then you’d best be prepared to pony up in some other sports, too. ‘Cause those perks aren’t insignificant.
How will Loyalty Points be applied to parking, AT&T Red River Showdown tickets, post-season tickets, etc.?
Loyalty Point rank will determine the order in which season ticket members select or are assigned locations for parking, AT&T Red River Showdown tickets, post-season tickets, etc
I’ve got the feeling this is an experiment that will be watched by plenty of other ADs at football oriented schools to see if it encourages the fan base to dig a little deeper into their wallets. These days, it’s all about the loyalty, y’all.