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My first thought upon seeing the headline was Chad Kelly at Arkansas, but Moorhead makes sense as well. Obviously, on paper, the MSU job is far better than Rutgers, but coaching at Rutgers is probably a lot better than getting fired at MSU. Both Moorhead and Kelly are going to be on very hot seats unless they turn their seasons around dramatically, so new scenery might be career-saving for either of them.
He never said anything about playing "anybody". No one in the press room was concerned over Alabama playing New Mexico State instead of Georgia Southern, Northwestern State, or Utah State. The alternate to New Mexico State needs to be Notre Dame, Michigan, Southern Cal, etc., to make a difference. The assertion by some that a home-and-home would be easy to schedule is a fantasy. There is a reason that those are scheduled many years in advance in most cases. The number of available dates that are agreeable to both schools is very limited due to conference scheduling, especially the larger conferences become. Many people act like scheduling amounts to calling someone up on the phone and telling them the time of the game, you just be there. It is especially hypocritical of fellow SEC programs (who schedule the same way) being critical when they won't agree to increase the conference schedule beyond 8 games.
The reasons are probably myriad, but at the forefront, the schools mentioned are almost always getting large checks to pay other Power 5 programs. Why people think a check from in-state would be somehow more beneficial than one from Nebraska, Oregon, Kansas, or Florida is hard to fathom. The second reason is even more obvious to anyone who is involved in the subject of recruiting. The exposure of a program (whether it be the Power 5 or the non-Power 5 school) outside of its own state is of far greater value than staying at home. Playing a school like Florida International or Tulane might not seem a lot different from playing Troy or South Alabama, but a week or more of media time in the Sunshine State or The Big Easy is worth a lot more to Alabama that the same in Troy or Mobile. Alabama is getting covered in those cities already.
The reasons are probably myriad, but at the forefront, the schools mentioned are almost always getting large checks to pay other Power 5 programs. Why people think a check from in-state would be somehow more beneficial than one from Nebraska, Oregon, Kansas, or Florida is hard to fathom. The second reason is even more obvious to anyone who is involved in the subject of recruiting. The exposure of a program (whether it be the Power 5 or the non-Power 5 school) outside of its own state is of far greater value than staying at home. Playing a school like Florida International or Tulane might not seem a lot different from playing Troy or South Alabama, but a week or more of media time in the Sunshine State or The Big Easy is worth a lot more to Alabama that the same in Troy or Mobile. Alabama is getting covered in those cities already.
Really? A Georgia fan talking smack about trophies???