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How much of a difference would it be if we didn't have *any* rankings at all (AP/Coaches/BCS) until the4th or 5th week of the year? Just block them off completely until a nice collection of football has been played. Would that change the conversation enough?
2 days ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes
A note to the editors here.. I 'd love to hear your take not just on what games are chosen by CBS or ESPN for the Tier 1 / Tier 2 / Tier 3 but also more about how EPSN distributes their games across game times and ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU. You've proven to readers inside and outside the SEC that you have a lot of knowledge to share through the conference realignment changes and this could be one way to do it.
For example, I'm a Michigan State fan and I was intrigued about ESPN's decision to delay setting the kickoff time for this week's game against Nebraska until after the Mich/Nebraska game last Saturday. For another interesting thought, take a look at ESPN's coverage maps for Iowa/Wisconsin and Virginia Tech/Boston College a few weeks back. Everything made sense except for the NYC market, who saw the Big Ten game. I know those are outside your footprint, but both could give some insight into the business of college football at any given time. And, I bet you'll find some interesting things to talk about in Texas markets as the Big-12 and SEC fight for coverage there. Sure, SEC games aren't on ABC, but maybe ESP moves to given time slots to better serve those markets.
Just a thought.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on SEC Odds And Television Listings – 11/11/13
A quick note about cell coverage in stadiums. You haven't done it here, but kids are made fun of for needing cell coverage in some places. That's the wrong view. Those kids who want to text, post to Facebook, and tweet are walking/talking/breathing marketing machines. Schools should be looking to expand that cell coverage not just to get kids into the seats but to harness the raw marketing power of tweets and posts of pictures and even video of gameday. Talk about great advertising!
2 months, 1 week ago on Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football
I don't see much of a difference between 5 football divisions and 3 DI subdivisions in addition to DII and DIII. I think we all knew the highest level teams would never ever restrict themselves from playing teams from conferences like the MAC, American, and Mountain West. As long as they are still able to do some sort of payment in the 2-5K range without those conferences standing in the way, there isn't a huge difference. I'm also guessing we'll see a bit more flexibility for schools to guarantee scholarships for kids who don't make the team or have career-limiting injuries.
2 months, 1 week ago on Report: New Themes Emerge During NCAA, Athletic Directors Meeting
I'd still prefer a stipend based payment based on the values that come along with academic scholarships, but your view is the closest thing to reasonable that any of the full-payment views have ever come.
2 months, 1 week ago on MrSEC.com Says Go Ahead And Give College Players Cash (And All That Goes With It)
@BAMANOLE26 The idea of only giving it to them when they graduate is intriguing! I have to say I think it will never happen, but still, intriguing.
Have you ever written anything that would tell us where agents could play a positive role with players who have not yet decided to go to the NFL? Is it just as simple as getting more info to players who are considering going early?
2 months, 1 week ago on Mike Slive: NCAA Needs To Change Agent Rules
Do you imagine schools being able to schedule games against opponents in other divisions? I see too much value in scheduling at least a few of the D1 vs D2 games (using your division names). Maybe allow schools to schedule one step outside of their division.
And I presume your Division 2 conferences are involved in the bowl system as well, correct?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on With Talk Of A Super-Division Booming, Here’s How We’d Re-Work College Football From Top To Bottom
@KyleTaft I'm not sure about the other mid-level leagues, but I'd be really surprised if there were any changes to the MAC at all. Eastern plays a critical role of connecting a lot of MAC grads in the Detroit area to other MAC schools, so I doubt they'd be shown the door.
Other than the musical chair in the #12 spot, that's been a very stable league for a reason. I don't know the politics of the schools, but maybe Youngstown fills that spot permanently at some point.
Any word on how the SEC conference office will choose who goes where? Will it be like the Big Ten's tiered system? Or are they going to create a documented ranking/tiebreaker system ahead of time?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Bowl LineUp Coming Into Focus; Be Ready For Griping
I'd love to hear your take on how they'll handle the Title IX part of this. Maybe they'll limit the number of players receiving money and then open up a few women's sports to make things even? Open up money for *all* sports? Will that disparity be solved at the NCAA or solved per conference?
Lot's of questions, obviously.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on ACC Commish Talks “Need-Based” Funding Increases For Athletes
@AM a Carolina fan That's the piece that has changed over the years. We have so many more options for buying tickets than before. It used to be your first call for bowl tickets was your school. Now, it's stubhub.
As a Big Ten fan who is used to playing games out of region, I hope there is some effort to group fans of the same team together to some extent. It is always fun to sit in a far-away place like that with fans of your own team.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Florida’s Bowl Costs Show Why Major Conferences Are Changing The System
Something in Dubai would be great if a service academy had a tie-in and plenty of troops serving near-by could be afforded some leave and short-distance travel to see it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Bowl Games In Dublin And Dubai? There Must Be Plenty Of Cash On The Table
Is this a short-term concern that will happen every time a school changes leagues where non-conf timing is different?
5 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Schedule Czar Templeton Reveals Domino Effect That Has Impacted SEC Slates
What's really needed is some sort of variation on RPI for football. Is there a reason they can't just duplicate the formula? Is it because there are fewer games?
6 months, 1 week ago on Source: “I Guarantee The (Selection) Committee Will Do Everything It Can To Keep The SEC At One Team”
I'd use this same logic in looking at non-conference scheduling. Teams are looking to schedule opponents often a number of years in advance and have to guess just how good that team is going to be. This is one of the reasons that scheduling arrangements are so appealing to me. If there is some room to adjust opponents here and there during the summer, there's a better chance that lopsided games can be avoided.
6 months, 1 week ago on Schedule Debate: Even Recent History Shows You Can’t Predict Schools’ Future Success
You've said for a while that the Big Ten and SEC would slowly pull away from the Big 12 in terms of revenue in the coming years. How does this year fit into that larger picture? Is this a one-time instance where they are ahead?
6 months, 1 week ago on Big XII Meetings Begin With Big Cash, Scheduling Alliances On The Agenda
That article makes it sound like Raycom is the *key* roadblock holding the channel back. Or, at least it is the first roadblock. The article says there is no rush and that it could happen a few years after the SEC Network (if then), but it doens't say what would be if Raycom wasn't standing in the way. (That's at least a little reassuring in that our logic saying they would create one wasn't totally off-base.)
So, how crazy would it be for ESPN to buy Raycom Sports from Raycom? They have all of the resources that ESPN is going to need to build the two networks and they are located in Charlotte with a heavy focus on the southeast.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on That ACC Network Thing? Uh, Don’t Hold Your Breath
@John at MrSEC @DanHogan @viciousdawg I stand corrected!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Ten Leaders Continue To Say All The Right Things About Scheduling; Is the SEC Listening?
@viciousdawg @DanHogan Yes, exactly, that was John's article at the time. He wants to (or, at least wanted to) expand that arrangement to include all 14 teams on both sides. I see it as a way of *not* adding the 9th conference game and still lets everyone schedule one more tough BSC squad if they want. And I assume other challenge games wouldn't have to be the last game of the year and could be defined by the conferences or even the ESPN.