SB Nation surveyed schools about how much they pay for outside police security and discovered that Alabama doesn’t pay one red cent. No doubt Greg McGarity is jealous. But, pity the poor schools, man:
“[Alabama’s athletic department] is in the event management business,” athletic director Bill Battle said Wednesday at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York City. “We participate in about 400 events a year. We host about 200. Sometimes we have 150,000 people come to Tuscaloosa for a football game to sit in 101,000 seats. That’s a challenge in a lot of different ways, but that’s a great thing.
“But even when you have a successful football program, our [football] business generates about 80 percent of what our mission is,” with that mission defined as being “to develop and graduate student-athletes into good people.”
“If we want to truly accomplish our mission for all 500 of our student-athletes, it takes a lot of money to do that,” Battle said. “Nobody is pocketing a lot of money. Not many [schools] are making ends meet.”
The ones that do are doing so with a vengeance, though.
I’d like to be a fly on the wall in this office.
If Alabama doesn’t win the national championship next month, I wonder if Gene Stallings has provided the template for Tide regret with this:
“If I were Alabama, as long as they have (Alabama head coach Nick) Saban, defensively, they are going to be fine,” Stallings told The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 in Mobile, Alabama. “I’d let Kirby go. He works to get a head coaching job. He’s got it. He can be there physically, but mentally, he’s putting his (Georgia) staff together. He’s recruiting. … You might as well let him go.”
Stallings said his 1996 Alabama team was in a similar situation. Stallings announced his retirement after a 24-23 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
“It happened to me when I was at Alabama,” Stallings explained. It’s not a matter of leaving but when they announced it. Mike DuBose, who was on my staff, was going to replace me. I asked the president not announce it until after the championship game. He announced it on like Monday or Tuesday. … Well, Mike was excited about getting the position. He was concerned about putting his staff together and what he was going to do, so I don’t think we did a very good job, defensively, in that particular game.”
The Crimson Tide lost to then-No. 4 Florida 45-30.
Damned if you go; damned if you stay.
Harvey Updyke’s not doing too well with those restitution payments to Auburn.
Alabama Football Inc.
What do I mean by that?
In the last decade, enrollment has increased by more than 55 percent, to a record 37,100 students this fall, and more than half of the students now are from out of state, another seismic shift. The acceptance rate in the last decade fell to 54 percent, from 72 percent. This year, 2,261 freshmen are enrolled in its Honors College, two and half times the number 10 years ago. Its 174 National Merit and National Achievement finalists rank Alabama among the top five public universities.
“Just like Nick Saban has recruited five-star athletes, the university is going after the best and brightest students,” said Calvin Brown, Alabama’s director of alumni affairs. “We understand that there are young people out there who first view us, or any other institution, through the window of athletics.”
I’m not defending it, but if you think that’s an attitude that’s ever going to permeate Athens, Georgia, I’ve still got some lovely oceanfront property in Hahira I can let you have at a good price.
Here’s a good argument for not getting married in the fall.
Nothin’ says Alabama football wedding like a boot-wearin’ bride. And maid of honor.
Or a wedding guest wearing a Speedo.
Nice. And they’ll have these memories to share for the rest of their lives.
Any way you want to shake this, it’s a pretty impressive consistency.
Again, it’s stuff like this that makes me chuckle over the “You know Saban’s gonna play the underdog card to motivate his team” talk. He’s got bigger issues to focus on than what Vegas thinks.