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I like Tim Tebow. He is everything we used to admire in athletes (with just cause). A tribute to UF, his family and a guy who is a great example of what you can do with a little bit of fame....... built and funds 7 different charities, does a lot of community service projects, just an all round good guy.
Actually, until our stupid BOR changed our seal last year, our school symbol was the block T. The Aggie band still uses that as it's signature.
LSU has the right idea about night games. Every game (up until the end of November) should be played at night......
Neyland was an Aggie (before he went to West Point), so have at..... although he was at AMC before that tradition started, go no problem if you guys want to borrow it. UT fans in Aggieland last year were about as good a bunch of visitors as we have ever had, so be happy to share that one.
Not sure how much "substance" is in this article. Its well written, but does not provide much information other than "cable is dead," and predictions on scheduling (well thought out) and that teams will most likely lose money (not so well thought out).I will agree there is a definite threat to the existing cash cow (cable and satellite network centric broadcasting). I agree there is a possibility (not a PROBABILITY) that means trouble for long term college team payouts. I think the most important take from the article is in the "if you have to pay, quality is more important than anything" rationale (viewing habits of the new generation of fans, come late, leave early, etc).What will be interesting is how effective streaming or whatever technology will be the answer, in alleviating the major problem college ball has with viewership.... the commercials make the games too damn long.... by an hour or an hour and a half. If no cable helps solve that problem, then I'm in. I rarely watch an entire game now, sitting on my rear for 15 minutes of football crammed into a 5 hour sitting is just too damn little per minute of my life.One thing is for sure, SEC teams will be able to charge a premium for the games, and the SEC will probably control that. If done correctly, SEC teams could end up with more money, not less. That is the possibility not covered. Could be less, but I think you can make an argument that there could be more.
1. His buyout drops to 10 mil after this season. 2. Woodard was too new an AD last year to pull that trigger. 3. No real replacement last year. Fire him and then who was available? Pretty slim pickings last year. 4. Sumlin was hired because he had a rep as a great developer of QBs. His handling of Manziel, Allen and Murrey led to a team leadership deficit that was disastrous. Mond was his big recruit (again) at QB, but has been underwhelming in spring practice. The great QB developer has shown for the third time he cannot keep that position filled. Monds lackluster performance just highlighted the fact Sumlin does not have any plan for the most important position on the field. 3. Woodard now has to prove he can get Sumlin to fight harder for wind he should close the deal on. It's a not Sumlin who will be on the hot seat if the Ags self destruct at home again, it will be Woodard.
Think LSU is close to getting there. LSU does not have to open it up much, so I'm not one who thinks the Tigers need a super QB, a good field general with a short to mid high percentage passing game to the outside to open the middle will get LSU to 9 games.
I dunno, if LSU spreads it out a bit, I think a talent like DG will light up the field. Not bad mouthing anybody here, but from what I have seen, he's a bit more versatile than Fournette, he cuts better and I think he reads the field a bit better. He would be my pre season pick.
Well, in the current media contract environment, he is correct, OU and or Texas are not going to get enough support from current members in the SEC to join. The numbers just do not add up right now. Not to say in a future media contract environment it might not make sense, but the Big 12 grant of rights makes any move until 2015 highly unlikely.On Sumlin, he's right also. Said it before, Ags are tired of losing most conference games at home. He could win 8 games and stay if he won at home. Not holding my breath.
Pretty sure the limiting factor on Kirk will be A&M's ability to put a decent passer on the field. Not sure there is one on the squad right now. Its the one skilled position Sumlin has not been able to recruit, train and retain. Too bad, he is one hellava receiver.
Actually, that says a whole lot of good things about both men. Hannah got it right though, Payton comes from one incredible set of parents.
"The Big 12, on the other hand, is a different story. It doesn’t have a network — no, the Longhorn Network doesn’t count — or any plans for one at this point, which means less money being poured into those 10 programs."Sigh. Another sports writer who just cannot do math. First, no TV network for the Big 12 DOES NOT MEAN LESS MONEY BEING POURED INTO THOSE 10 PROGRAMS, it means a massive amount of money being poured into ONE Big 12 program (guess who) and less money into the other nine.Texas is the richest college football program in the country, and the Longhorn Network makes it a guaranteed $15,000,000 more per year, every year for the length of the ESPN contract, than any other program in the Big 12. The Aggies left the Big 12 because of that disparity. You want to know who destabilized the Big 12? ESPN, which has been losing its shirt over the LHN, barely breaking even last year after losing tens of millions over the previous years. All to the benefit of Texas.Other issues Ags had with the Big 12 added to the happiness of leaving (one is moving to a very, very good conference), and you can quibble about the fact A&M took in more money than the Horns last year (mostly due to a massive increase in donations, not gate, TV revenues or merchandising), but the fact remains, the Horns are not a good fit into anybody's conference until the disparity caused by the LHN is eliminated.Until Texas feels some sort of economic pain (not likely until the LHN contract expires), their administration will not care about what conference they are in. Money talks in college ball, and however unhappy their fan base might be about their conference affiliation, their suits are happy as pigs in the proverbial. All this talk about where Texas ends up is moot until their revenue stream starts to wane.
"Well, this could be a way to put the “student” back in student-athlete." What? First flaw is graduation rates at most SEC schools pretty high (South Carolina was at over 90%, Vanderbilt was over 80%, and even Sumlin's picks are at over 70%).So, where is this gap in graduation rates that would require this rather substantial investment? You mention scholarship athletes who do not graduate, but how many scholarship athletes in the SEC don't (number is pretty small)? Begs the question, if you are on scholarship and blow a $100K education by not graduating, do you really deserve much sympathy, and warrant another $100K to keep you interested in a degree? That does not seem like a lot of return on $200K, a guy who just really did not give much of a damn about a degree in the first place. I know you said this guy falling through the cracks does not interest you, but your whole idea is to get him interested (again) with another $100K.The intriguing part of this is for the non scholarship player. The guy who shows up every day, made the roster without special admittance standards, has paid his way the whole way (or part of the way) is a true student and an athlete. I would not have a problem with this guy getting a payback for sticking it out and getting a degree.Now, since most players at most schools get to graduation already, paying this guy effectively makes between 60 and 95% of the players in the SEC pros, because you are paying him extra for playing a sport AND doing something he is already going to do, which is graduate. Letting any one school pay more for this perk than others simply makes college athletics mirror the early days of the NFL, where there were no salary caps.It also creates a corps of student athletes who can be enticed to bounce from one school to the next trying to make the roster for a team so they can get the more or better payment being offered. That is a pro athlete, not a student athlete, because you are now paying him for football, statistically he was going to get the degree anyway.So John, what you are really advocating is creating an barely regulated semi pro league. What happens next is walk on players, who are the student athlete who gets no special admission support, become less of a student athlete and more of a professional athlete who can get admitted to college without support leveraging their professional skills. You are advocating a system that bids for their athletic service John, that is pro ball.
Think you are correct. The NCAA just did away with the division rule (I think) when the Big 12 went to 10 schools and they petitioned for a playoff game. Interesting point about the conference title being between the two best teams.
We can eliminate the idiot part of the equation, I'd just go with copout.
So, you are throwing stones at a whole fan base.... which is what you are accusing me of doing? Interesting bit of hypocricy there therarereasonabletgr. Can't remember bad mouthing LSU's fan base, or Bama's, or Arkansas's, or ...... any other member of the SEC. If you check my posts, I have called out more than one Ag on this site for acting holier than thou.
Way to go Coach Canales. That's the way real men do things.
Lubbock is one of the few cities / towns A&M prohibits its mascot from going. Think about it, a town so full of hateful and dangerous behavior by fans toward visitors you cannot safely take a dog to.
Sees you may be acquainted with the school from Austin we used to know......
You obviously have not hung around Lubbock or Tech fans. They are among the worst behaved fans in college football. They throw things at visiting fans. Their favorite missile used to be batteries. No way A&M would vote for their admittance.
Great comment. My only change would be: 1) Sooners and 2) nobody else. Never happen though. Sooners, unlike the Ags, would not sacrifice playing the steers. The school from Austin is not going to leave the longhorn network for anybody's conference, so.....
A bold prediction would have been Sumlin as coach of the year....... These are all just plausible predictions.
First, Finebaum sometimes talks out of his rear. He is waaaaay off on the money side of things. OU makes less than what the average SEC school makes, but not by much. While OU is a good school, has a top tier football program (solid in most sports), a move does not make sense.1) they signed a contract, which for a ton of money they could get out of, that gives ALL their television rights to the Big 12 until 2025. That would cost them tens of millions for a move now. It would take them more than a decade to make up the difference in penalties for leaving. Not gonna happen.2) the SEC took A&M because it gave them incredible leverage with ESPN for the SECN, because Texas was a TV market with 21 million TV sets. While "cord cutting" has changed that dynamic, the reality is in whatever market that comes after cord cutting, the number of viewers is going to determine your market pull. OU is from a small border state, and it is not likely they will bring in enough extra revenue with say OkSU (would have to be split 17 ways in a 16 team SEC) to make it worth the other SEC teams effort.While most of the fans at OU and that school in Austin would like out of the Big 12, the individual schools are doing just fine in revenue. Could OU do better? Sure, but where? The SEC is not really looking for another school in this region. It already has two (Arkansas and A&M). If you are going to expand, money says you do it along the middle of the eastern seaboard (Virginia, North Carolina). OU may want to jump, but there just is no place to go right now, and its too expensive.
Can't speak for Auburn's feelings about Coach M, but for me, Sumlin's problem is not just the overall record. The single biggest problem for Sumlin, after late season collapses, is his record at home.This year he has what should be two easy wins to start off the home slate (he's gone if he loses either of those two and doesn't light up every body else. Not a likely scenario). He then has South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn. He has to clinch two of those or the drums will start to pound..... loudly.
There are different lists, with very different results. The problem is separating pure sports program revenue from 1) donations, 2) merchandising, 3) adjustments made through money management (tax breaks through depreciation, etc), and 4) profit after expenses (coaches salaries, insurance, mortgage costs on facilities, ad infinitum). The key to this list is the word, "revenue," which is not the same as "most profitable," "richest", yada, yada, and the phrase "They may include all or only part of" is really ambiguous. So this list is dependent on how each individual school lists revenue. That skews the numbers because of the really complex accounting laws that affect athletic programs at colleges and universities.Bottom line, most major college programs are very well off. Total revenue for each school will be very different than this list (Texas A&M took in over $193 million last year, but that does not mean their football revenue tops Tennessee).
If this is the way it went down, pretty sure this case is not going anywhere. Agree with you, and what makes this more suspicious is there is nothing in Oher's history I am aware of that shows he has ever instigated a fight. My question is, how much of a dumba$$ do you have to be to get physical with Michael Oher? I mean, there is stupid, starting a war with China stupid, and this kind of stupid.
Cord cutting will continue at a furious clip until cable companies change to a "pay for what you watch" model. Most people I know have cut it or are seriously thinking about it.
Well, as a first generation Ag, and with 24 years on active duty, I don't think you are qualified to make those kinds of distinctions about vets, abled or disabled, and this "third generation Ag" thing is meaningless. Unless you are a third generation Ag who also served, your grandfather's service ain't yours to bring out and waive around on topics that affect those of us who did.It was a bar fight, football players were involved, the local paper wrote something. A few weeks or a few days from now we'll know something more. If the players are innocent, hope this thing gets cleared up fast enough for them to make the season.