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It was about 10 years ago A&M hired Dennis Franchione while he was still the Alabama head coach. Of course, he probably wouldn't have considered it if Alabama wasn't under sanctions at the time.
But that does indicate that all these jobs with money & large fanbases have potential, and which one is viewed as the best is mostly about who's been the head coach recently. A&M dropped in prestige in large part because of Franchione's failed reign, and it has taken half a decade to regain most of it. Alabama was thought of as a good job, but not as good as it is now that Nick Saban has been coach. LSU, similarly, wasn't thought of nearly as highly before Saban (though everyone saw the potential).
1 week, 3 days ago on Would Sumlin Leave A&M For USC? National Writer Says The Jobs Aren’t Even Close
Reminds me of Mizzou last year.
All those injuries allowed underclassmen to play before their time. Even though they were often over their head, it gave them experience and depth to have a strong team this year. It'll be interesting how Florida does next year.
1 month ago on Report: Florida Loses Starting O-Lineman To Scooter Accident, Broken Arm
Manziel played less than 1 half vs. Rice and less than 3 quarters vs. Sam Houston State & SMU. Of course, he was taken out of several blowout games last year (including several conference games), but he'll likely get more playing time over the final 8 games. There's a good chance those per game stats go up even as the defenses get harder, simply because he'll have more passing attempts and more rushing attempts.
2 months, 1 week ago on What’s Changed In A Year? We Go Inside The Numbers With Alabama, Manziel
The pace of the game has something to do with the differences.
Playing with (or against) a no-huddle offense can mean significantly more plays per game. If two teams are each called for a penalty once every 8 plays, the team that has the most plays will get called for more total penalties.
Dividing the number of penalties by the number of plays would be better for comparison purposes.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on 5 Years Of Penalties: How The Flags Fly In Each SEC Stadium
I'm hoping for an SEC-Pac 12 bowl: perhaps the 2nd highest ranking SEC team remaining after the 6 'playoff bowls'' vs. the highest remaining Pac 12 team. The Alamo Bowl would be a nice place to hold it.
It would be nice to have just one Pac-12 game to balance what will certainly be many Big Ten/Big 12/ACC match-ups.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on New Playoff, New Era Give SEC A New “Mess” Of Bowl Possibilities
The ACC said they would remain at 8 games a season after Notre Dame agreed to schedule 5 schools a year. The schools that play Notre Dame in any given year will have 9 games scheduled by the conference anyway.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Schedule Debate: What Does “Strength Of Schedule” Mean?
Actually, Kingsbury has publicly stated he'd like to play A&M after Manziel leaves.
As to A&M playing Tech...in most sports Tech isn't all that good, and A&M can find better opponents in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, or even Waco. Those cities are all closer for travel purposes & home to more A&M fans than distant Lubbock. I wouldn't be opposed to playing Tech in most sports, but I'd want something a little better than a straight home/home deal...maybe 3 games in College State for 2 games in Lubbock.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on New Texas Tech Coach Kingsbury “Was Never An Aggie”
With 2 more home games this year, season tickets are actually cheaper on a per game basis.
9 months, 1 week ago on Ticket Prices On The Rise At A&M
I don't think Arkansas took too many recruits from Texas A&M in the past...A&M's success will hurt Texas and Oklahoma more than Arkansas.A&M in the SEC is getting the conference more coverage from the media in the state, which should help Arkansas. They should be trying to displace Oklahoma as the biggest out-of-state destination for athletes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Commitment Comparator – 1/25/13
Greater TV revenue from scheduling better will offset any lost revenue from a home game lost every other year.
I'd be OK with 9 conference games, but I would rather see our league stick with 8 conference games but our TV negotiations require:
1) no FCS schools be scheduled
2) every school schedule 2 'AQ' teams per year (so they get 1 TV home game each year), with at least one not being from the Big East
Any school that didn't meet these requirements would forfeit some of their TV revenue back to the networks.
This would require most current schools to drop their worst annual 'buy' game and replace that with an interesting match-up. Georgia has a series in the future scheduled with Clemson to go with their Georgia Tech series. Florida could play Miami in a addition to FSU or it could schedule someone from out of state. MSU could schedule a Washington State or Minnesota in addition to a Memphis (a soon-to-be Big East team), so they can't argue their schedule would be impossibly hard.
Replacing the 14 games that have little TV value with 7 games with high TV value would be good for the SEC's TV package. And if we really are the best conference we'll win most of those games and continue to stay well positioned in the new playoff/bowl system.
1 year, 2 months ago on ACC Sticking With 8-Game Football Schedule As Rumors Of 9-Game SEC Slate Heat Up
If this isn't meant to hurt the ACC, then I'm guessing the SEC and Big Ten will both be calling the ACC to setup a permanent bowl matching up the ACC champion against the #2 team from their conference, probably in Florida.
Several months ago when talking about bowl structures, I told someone the SEC's dream would probably be to have the Big 12 champ tied to the Sugar Bowl and the ACC champ in the Orange Bowl, with the SEC champ going to the higher ranked opponent and SEC #2 going to the other. This wouldn't quite be that, but it would be nice.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC And Big 12 Agree To New Bowl, But What Else Does It Mean? And For Whom?
I don't see the point in having the 1 'rotating' home and away school. You'll play that school an extra 1 time every 9 years! Might as well just have 5 permanent opponents.
My preference- give every team 3 'primary rivals' and 4 'secondary rivals'. In a given year play all 3 primary rivals home and home and 2 of the 4 secondary rivals home and home. The remaining schools (including the 2 other secondary rivals) would be played once. In 2 years you'd play your primary rivals 4 times, your secondary rivals 3 times, and everyone else twice.
This lets schools keep a number of regional rivals; kind of like giving each school their own 'division' in the conference.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Needs To Be Smart In Hammering Out Its Basketball Schedule, Too
The whole basis of the lawsuit that Baylor was threatening the SEC with when A&M was moving was the claim that the SEC approached A&M and enticed them to break the media contract. The SEC's defense (and A&M's claim) was that it was A&M that approached the SEC and started the conversation. If Baylor had any case at all, the ACC schools now have a much stronger case.
This whole process is widely entertaining, as Big 12 supporters bash A&M for leaving and tell FSU they should follow A&M's example, sometimes in the same post!
1 year, 6 months ago on Ex-Player, Trustee Brooks Says He Thinks Big 12 Approached FSU (And He Mentions “SEC Talk” Too))
Thanks for giving us our buttons!
If he wants to be exact, the 'official' Aggie Maroon is precisely specified on http://brandguide.tamu.edu/print/aggieMaroon.html as Hex: 500000, RGB: 80,0,0.
Of course, you're absolutely correct it will come out differently depending on the computer system used.
1 year, 7 months ago on New Tabs And Pages For Missouri And Texas A&M Are Up
Referring to them as TU was not originally an insult. You can read early stories about the football team from the Austin press, and "Texas University" was used interchangeably with "University of Texas". I also believe "TU" was used nationally as the abreviation to prevent confusion with the older Tennessee, (like Missouri used "MU" to prevent confusion with Michigan).
At some point the Longhorns decided that, Tennessee be damned, they wanted to be referred to as UT, and that it was an 'insult' to refer to them as TU. This is all rather silly. Somehow schools like Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma don't think it's an insult to referr to them by an abreviation that distinguishes them from older schools.
Now, Aggies write "tu" in lowercase as a small insult to Longhorn fans, but calling them "TU" isn't really an insult. Longhorn fans are just being petty when they get annoyed by that.
1 year, 7 months ago on A&M Might Build A New Stadium Due To SEC Move
The move to the SEC has actually delayed any action on the stadium a year or two. A&M has been overhauling all of its sports facilities over the last decade or so (just did the baseball park), and the football stadium is one of the last to be done.
From what I understand, the magnitude of bringing everything up to modern codes, along with adding luxury boxes, revamping concessions, bathrooms, and everything else, means that building a new stadium might be cheaper than the overhaul that is necessary. Even without changing the number of seats, this would still be a major project.
While the move to the SEC will increase demand for tickets, more seating would probably have been necessary anyway. A&M has had a down decade, but with a strong season 2 years ago and competitive (if frustrating) season this past year, the school has had much more demand for tickets than it has supply. At the 2010 game against Nebraska, they added all sorts of temporary seating and somehow squeezed over 90,000 people in the stadium, before deciding that was a bad idea and limiting seating to around 87,000 last year.
I think they should probably go to around 93,000, but build in a way they can easily add 3,000-7,000 more seats later if demand continues to increase.
"As for Dallas, see: Kansas City. Houston? Well, we’d be okay with the league tossing the Aggies a bone and allowing a single tourney to be played there, but no more."
Houston is definitely easier for fans in Southern Lousiana, but for most of the SEC, it is at least as difficult to reach as Dallas. According to google maps, birmingham is 10h 46 minutes from Houston and 10h39 minutes from Dallas. Memphis is 2 and 1/2 hours closer to Dallas than Houston.
I think the tournament should probably be in those central locations 4 years out of 5, spending every 5th year in a place like Houston, Dallas, Orlando, or KC.
1 year, 9 months ago on Slive Sees Future SEC Tourneys In Atlanta, Nashville, And...
The conference is overflowing with spite and immaturity. Kansas is refusing to play Missouri in any sport, while Texas is doing the same for A&M.
Even if you accept their arguments that it is financially bad for them to play in football and men's basketball, they're hurting their other programs by not playing in other sports. Their traditional rivals would sell more tickets and get more media attention than any other non-conference teams they could schedule, all the while keeping travel easy on their student athletes and cheap for their budgets. It would be good for them competition-wise as well. Missouri is better than Kansas in just about everything that isn't basketball; A&M is competitive with Texas in all sports and better than them in many.
If the LHN ever gets on basic cable in Texas they'll want ratings; having tennis matches or softball games versus A&M will get better ratings and more interest across the state than tennis matches or softball games against even the #1 team in those sports.
They're happy to hurt their own schools if they think it will also hurt A&M or Missouri.
1 year, 9 months ago on Bitter Much? Big 12 Coaches Snub Media Coach Of The Year Haith At Mizzou
A quick example of what a schedule with the SEC playing every ACC and Big 12 team might look like:
Florida: FSU, (national);
Georgia: GT, WVU;
SC: Clemson, NC State;
Tennessee: UNC, (national);
Vanderbilt: Wake Forest, Syracuse;
Kentucky: Virginia, (Louisville);
Missouri:Kansas, Oklahoma State
Auburn: VT, Pitt;
Alabama: Miami, (national);
MSU: KSU, Duke;
Ole Miss: Baylor, Boston College;
Arkansas: TCU, ISU;
LSU: Oklahoma, Maryland;
A&M: Texas, TT
Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama would be required to schedule a quality team from Notre Dame, BYU, or the Big Ten and Pac 12 conferences. Kentucky would continue to schedule Louisville (who might join the Big 12 anyway).
Some of these matchups could certainly rotate after awhile, but I think this is a pretty solid menu for the SEC's TV contract (the SEC would get TV rights to whichever team was home, while the other conference would get the rights to the school that is away).
Missouri gets 2 Big 8 rivals; Arkie gets an old SWC rival; USC gets 2 old ACC rivals; A&M gets 2 in-state rivals.
1 year, 9 months ago on USC Prez Talks Schedules Again; SEC Says Presidents Already Involved In Process; Looks Like 8-Games With Yearly Rotations
*If they're staying at 8 games for the long term, then each team will play 3 home, 3 away in their division, and 1 home, 1 away against the other division. All the West teams will have to host their permanent rivals and travel to their rotating rivals 1 year, then flip with the East the next. Otherwise they won't be able to have a true rotation.
So in 2013, expect some permanent rivalries to be played on the same campus for a 2nd consecutive year in order to align everyone to the same home/away basis.
*As I said last week, I would still prefer the SEC mandate 2 quality non-conference games instead of adding a 9th SEC game, working with CBS/ESPN and penalizing a school with a cut in TV money if they fail to comply. This adds 1 quality non-conference game to most schools' schedules, getting the TV benefits of a 9th conference game while allowing us to beat other conferences instead of each other.
We could try and get both the ACC and Big 12 to have each of their schools play an SEC school annually (with some East schools doubling up on ACC schools, and some West schools double up on Big 12 schools). It would benefit the TV packages of all 3 conferences (4 SEC schools would still need to add a quality non-conference game to get to 2).