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Don't forget when they renovated Thompson Bowling Arena, UT also took out a large chunk of seats (about 10%) to add a whole bank of suites to one side of the stadium. I do agree with you, how long until you see a school take a huge plunge. I know GT reduced the size of their stadium, but that was 20 years ago. The first SEC school I see doing it would be Vandy. They have the money fans, and would be able to add suites and amenities without losing overall capacity. TN already has two huge bank of suites on both sides of the field. I don't see them making any major changes unless for some reason finances dictate more suites. Which I don't see anytime in the future.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Future Of Football Stadiums Is Here; How Long Before An SEC School Follows Suit?
@John at MrSEC John, I would have loved more news coverage of the event. After he collapsed on the field and NBC reported it I wanted more information, as I am sure most viewers did. However I would not want to sit and watch three reporters with no medical back ground sit around and speculate without facts. Even you have called out reporters and websites for jumping on rumors and reporting them as facts. For most of the third and fourth quarters I was left wondering if the NFL and/or the Texans were putting up a smoke screen about the severity of the situation to prevent disruption on the field. It is clear, in hindsight, that NBC did not have any facts to report and was not obtaining any new information to report from the NFL and the Texans. So instead of speculating and reporting on rumors, they stuck to the facts and reported the event correctly. We might not have liked the flow of information, but I will take slow factual reporting over fast speculation any day - especially when it is a life and death situation. Thank you for providing a great website that tries to stay above speculation and rumor.
1 month ago on NBC’s Coverage Of Kubiak Collapse Should Cause SEC Broadcasters To Ask, “What If?”
@John at MrSEC @HoustonVol I am a Texan fan. I will agree that I was frustrated with the lack of reporting that NBC devoted to the issue. I even questioned why they went to the New York studio. However as the event unfolded it was clear that the lack of coverage was due to the lack of information being provided by the Texans. There is only so many times you can report and replay a video. I don't know what else NBC could have done on this issue. Everyone in the organization was either devoting themselves to the game and halftime or Kubiak, either way they were not talking to the press. You are correct; Tafoya, Michaels and Costas are talented enough vamp on what is happening. However the last time I checked, they are not trained medical personnel. They would have only been able to speculate what they saw on the tape, which they did. Interview fans in the stadium? Many of the fans at the game did not know what happened (that it was Kubiak) until well into the 3rd and 4th quarter as the news traveled around the stadium. One of my co-workers did not find out until she was on her way home after the game and heard it on the radio. What about heading to the hospital? Which hospital? The stadium is located in the Texas Medical Center, where there are more than 12 world class hospitals within two miles of the stadium. Because of the number of celebrities and world figures that utilize these facilities, you will not see a leak of information "off the record". That is the fastest way to get fired and black-balled in the TMC. In hindsight, I preferred hearing a scripted halftime show from New York instead of having to watch three talented reporters recycle the same information every minute. Or worse, interview fans that did not know what was going on.
John, I don't fully share your opinion on this matter. I watched the game last night. I felt NBC did all that they could on the matter. The team was not releasing any information, and still hasn't. How many times do you expect them to replay the same videos of him collapsing and being carted off the field and then saying "we will pass along information when we have it". Even this morning, the local TV stations with much more information had the same basic information. "He did not have a heart attack, and is still under evaluation. We will let you know when we have more information". I can promise you that the local channels have much better contacts inside the hospitals and Texans than NBC corp does. If they were not able to expand the story with hours to work on it, then the on air staff could not have done any better. The San Fran earthquake is totally different. It was an ongoing news story with constant updated information coming into the studio, fires, collapsed bridges, after shocks, lives being effected, etc. This was one man, a coach, collapsing and after he was taken to the hospital NBC received nothing in terms of information from the Texans other than he is ok and under evaluation.
The TAMU/Manziel issue will blow up right after Manziel signs his NFL contract this spring. At that point, JFF and his family will have no reason to remain silent. They have openly called out the school, Athletic Department and coaching staff. There is no love loss between the parties. I fully expect TAMU to be thrown under the bus and backed over a few times by the Manziel family by this time next year.
It would also not surprise me that part of this spin put out from the school is tied the OBannon case. If you are faced with losing a lawsuit that could cost you millions, would you not start spinning the story that you only made a few thousands of dollars vs. millions of dollars to decrease the expected payout? Especially against someone that has the millions of dollars to launch a large lawsuit against the school and conference.
1 month ago on A&M Downplays The Value Of Manziel’s Heisman, But The School Sure Has A Lot Of Heisman Gear For Sale
Those ranking pull in the end of Fulmer and Kiffin's two classes. Most of Kiffin's classes are not on campus so toss out those records. Dooley recruited well, but his stars have not panned out either. So the question is if TN can put together another great game like they did against UGA and USCe. Or will TN have a Bama hangover after feeling excited to play, just to have Bama remind them of how far they have to go. I think the offense will be more productive with Dobbs. As long as he does not panic like Peterson did at Florida, he should be fine. He did fine at Bama, and Mizzou is less intimating. So we will see. It would be great to catch a pair of Tigers over the coming two weeks.
1 month, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/1/13
I have never fully understood the excuse yourself and leave the room rule. It is one item in basketball where the committee has about 2 dozen people on it and they are picking from the 50-60th team in the country. This is picking from the basically 4 teams from the top 4-8 teams in the country. Plus you have people like Willingham that has direct ties to 6-7 schools and several conferences. Rice grew up a major Alabama fan, and that is her first love football wise. Where do you draw the line? I say let them all in the room. If they do not have the integrity to openly and factually discuss all teams fairly, then they should not be on the panel. If you want to keep people calm, then record the sessions and make them available after the announcements.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?
Each coaching change has different expectation. TAMU did not surprise me. The reason why Sherman was fired was because he had the talent to contend for a national championship, and went 6-6. So it was not surprising to see a coach come in and have immediate success because there was and is excellent talent already in place. Tennessee does not have that option. We know the talent is not there. This season and next, I will enjoy every win and hope that there are some upsets. In season three, this big recruiting class will have one year under their belt, and Butch's first class will have had two. It is not unreasonable to see progress at that point, but I also don't expect miracles. 8-4 is a good expectation. Look at the progress Freeze has done in Ole Miss with just one class. It takes time and steps, but it does happen and will happen.
2 months, 1 week ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
Of course TN's numbers are shifted due to Oregon. It will be interesting what the numbers will look like by the end of the year. I expect TN's for 2013 to be better than 2012, but only because 2012's numbers were historically bad so anything will be an improvement.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Defense Rests: Has The SEC’s DNA Changed?
Jones will get the same as any new coach. 3 years to show improvement. Now improvement will mean an 8-4 record and pushing the conference leaders for four quarters. This season and next season are "hope we make a bowl" seasons. Year four and five should be pushing for a conference championship. However it is good to see Rocky Top becoming solid again. Fulmer was tight with a lot of high school coaches through out the south, which we lost that support with Kiffin and Dooley. One of the major reasons recruiting was flat for Dooley.
Chavis had his chances at TN to become a HC. He has commented on this many times. When he was interested in being a HC, the only opprotunities were hopeless cases that had a greater chance of failing than being successful. So he waited for the right place to come open. While he was waiting he saw all of the "poop" that HC had to deal with and decided he liked the view from where he was and that he was to old to deal with the poop of a head coach. Which is why he is not a head coach. Bud Foster is different. He has interviewed several times. Like Chavis, he does not want to step into a dire situation. Unlike Chavis, he will succeed Beamer at VT. Beamer probably has just a season or two left before he steps aside. When he does, Foster will be promoted to Head Coach.
2 months, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/27/20
The second note is the time of the games. This is hurting a lot of schools that are not in/near major markets. Early and late games end up requiring an overnight stay for people that live more than a couple of hours away. This weeks game is at noon. If you live in Nashville or Atlanta, you would have to leave at 5am in order to drive, park, walk to make the game on time. If it is a night game, you would have to stay overnight and drive back the next day. I am sure other programs have this same issue. This adds $100's to the cost of attending the game when you factor in hotel and meals. This cost is on top of the actual cost of attending the game. Wonder why people are not driving in to watch USA/UT? Thankfully CBS gave up their lock on the mid-afternoon games with the new TV contracts, and hopefully this will help with some fans.
2 months, 1 week ago on Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football
I know that there are many issues with TN filling Neyland. First - they started charging students for tickets. When I attended, we got sports tickets for free (well included as part of the student activity fee). Football and Men's basketball you had to get tickets in advance, Woman's BB we just had to show up. I loved the student section, and did not miss a game my four years in school. Now they charge $10 a student. $70 most seasons. Which is more than season tickets to Houston or Rice, just FYI. The renovation of TBA, where they removed 4k seats has been a huge success. It is now one of the best BB arenas in the nation. Plus the last renovation of Neyland actually removed a couple of thousands of seats. A good team that you want to root for helps, but even Bama, UF, OSU, Texas, etc. are having issues filling the stadium for every game. If I was a coach, AD, etc. I would rather have 20k students getting rowdy in the endzone making the stadium active instead of a bunch of wine and cheese boosters. It looks better on TV, and for recruits. When you have 100k seats, you can appeal to both.
I am in favor of the sponsorship route run through the Athletic Department. Not a flat pay for play because it does not solve the imbalance of media worth to scholarship ratio that is being called into question. Just the past week TAMU announced that the University's donations last year was over $700 million dollars, $300 million larger than Texas. You think the TV deals are huge, check out donations and academic funding. They credit the huge jump due to the move to the SEC and JM and his heisman win. Oh Oh - TAMU just put a value on Manziel of 100's of millions of dollars, and he is getting an instate scholarship and no money from endorsements, sponsorships, jersey sales, etc. His he worth more than the back up QB? Yep, and if they are all paid the same cost of scholarship stipend, the issue would not change. So set up a system where the athletes (regardless of sport/gender) can sign sponsorship deals through the ADept. If you are caught violating your sponsorship/likeness contract with the school, you are now responsible and can be sued in court.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Says Go Ahead And Give College Players Cash (And All That Goes With It)
This is part of the issue - There is no issue with Coach K showing up and buying $100's of dollars of pizza for the students waiting in line to get tickets for a game. However if he buys one taco for one of his players - NCAA Violation. If there were non-athletic students in the room, is it still a violation? The coach provided a benefit (Tacos) for athletes and regular students just the same. This is what will bring down the system. It is trying to catch to much and stop everything. Which is impossible. There is just to much money to be made to keep the system amateur. I personally favor a sponsership style system that is run through the athletic department rather than paying the players. Allow them to make money off of their likeness. Will it be fair that the star QB gets 100's of thousands of dollars while the lineman get basically nothing, nope. But the NFL is the same, that is business. There is nothing stopping the QB from buying dinner for the O-line.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Tennessee Running Back Arian Foster: “My Senior Year, I Was Getting Money On The Side”
I cannot see how TN fans are calling for Butch Jones' job over the Oregon game. TN took a go-kart and entered a NASCAR race and was blown away. I saw a team that did not quit, get snippy, or start taking cheap shots - even once the wheels came off. I can live with that, for now. That shows that these young men have respect for themselves, the program, and the coaching staff. Something we have not seen in a while.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/16/13 (“Why The SEC Is Down” Edition)
I cannot remember being that large of a dog either. I know that usually when we have been double digit dogs on the road, we surprise people. I think we cover the spread and make Oregon sweat, but don't see a win without another visit from the turnover fairy.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/13/13
I wonder if the schools would have grounds to sue the players and agents in civil court for damages? Could you see the fall out if Bama has vacate two titles? What monetary damage would that cause the university and sports programs. Maybe it is about time the schools start sending a message and dragging these former players to court when it impacts the bottom line of the school and athletic department.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Morning After: SEC Players Implicated, SEC Fans Fret
As fast as this was turned over to the Davidson county police, not campus police, I doubt that Franklin would have had much success keeping his nose clean if he tried to cover it up. The school administration and local police department drove the investigation, it was not handled internally by campus police. So until some further proof from the Tennessean or local TV station is released, I am not going to worry about a cover up at Vandy.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Franklin Denies Trying To Help Cover Up Vandy Rape Case
Spurrier might have also just been referencing taking the UGA job at that point in time. Spurrier knew that UGA was not willing and/or able to invest in the football program that was needed to compete for championships. 10 years later, that feeling changed.
You are right, programs can be undone by their expectations. TN is victim to that. We because spoiled by success. When double digit win seasons became scare, we panicked. We went from a average football team to some of the worse teams in school history. Now with hopefully hitting rock bottom, we are climbing back up. Every program has to go through that cycle occasionally. Texas appears to be starting that cycle, and USC brought one on themselves with NCAA sanctions.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Spurrier Warned Richt Not To Take The Georgia Job