I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
As part of the State of Texas Tier One Initiative to increase the number of tier one research institutes in the state, the University of Texas - San Antonio is likely to be one of the schools that gets the boost. With that, the expanded their athletic department to include a football team, acting as an independent in the FCS. They hope to be a full fledged FBS team by 2014.
That said, the Roadrunners will be playing a home and home series with the University of Houston, another of the schools (this one all but guaranteed to be part of the Tier One Initiative) in the 2013-2014 season. This, to my knowledge, is the first time a FBS team will play "at" a FCS team's stadium (2013 is in San Antonio). The reason for the "at" is that the Roadrunners have been playing at the Alamodome, which could easily be filled with Cougars fans.
The Roadrunners also have home-and-homes set up with Arizona, Arizona State, and Baylor already lined up after their jump to the FBS. Which, like damn. A new team with that schedule set up at home already? Crazy.
Just finished watching CFL with Kirk Herbstreit and the boys. The only mention for M was the fact that the "Notable Returnees" are:
Tate Forcier and Stevie Brown
Unbelievable attention to detail. How could a major college football television broadcast research and post this?
Or, maybe they know something I don't??
This is a rabbit hole that we might not want to see the other side of...a Memphis high school Junior is skipping his senior season to play for the Memphis Tigers.
Apparently, he's a solid student with enough credits to graduate, so good for him--but letting kids do this will may lead to some unintended, negative results.
Ed: this is different from the early enroll option that I'm a fan of simply because the idea of EE is to allow qualified kids to get a semester in prior to a football season. This basically pushes kids directly into the season a year early. I see two major issues here:
1. Athletically gifted kids are very identifiable early, but they may not be physically ready to withstand college football played against 5th year Seniors that are 22-23 years old. I doubt the players are getting that info from experts.
2. It seems like a great way for C-USA (or other lower tier league) coaches to sweet talk kids out of school early "to get to the league." Almost all of them probably wouldn't be ready to even be a true freshman physically, which probably means a redshirt--leaving them in the same position as if they played another year of high school.
It may be right for some kids, like those in really bad home situations, but I see a lot of potential pitfalls here.
Doc Saturday's take on the potential pitfalls of ESPN taking over the BCS broadcasts as it relates to those of us hoping for a playoff is below.
It's interesting, because ESPN is very much a focused, on message broadcaster. Will they be inclined to bite the hand that feeds it? Will the BCS itself be able to shape the WWL's message? Obviously, we can't know that now, but it will be interesting if Herbie is OK with a controversial BCS pairing this year--or perhaps even lauding it for making the right choice.
This is decently old news, but Adam Rittenberg just posted something about it today. The newest ballot for the College Fotball Hall of Fame has 19 Big Ten players on it. This includes three Michigan players: Jumbo Elliott, Robert Lytle, and Desmond Howard. Some other key inductees are Eddie George, Deion Sanders, and Tedy Bruschi. Looking at the list, it seems like Eddie George and Desmond have a good shot to make it this year. Not sure if this was posted before, but I couldn't find anything in the search. Thoughts on who makes it?
EDIT: Forgot links
Ballot Info: http://www.footballfoundation.org/news.php?id=2169
Lane Kiffin for prettiest girl alive. Vote early and vote often. The internet demands this. It's like Macadangdang vs Mingo, but so much better.
Ed: This is a quasi-"serious" poll done by Esquire, not the Marchifornication at BHGP. Kiffin is the only man in a 64 person bracket. This is the kind of gold given by the internet only a few times a year--do not miss your opportunity.