B1G, if true
I don't know about this approach.
I never liked watching other kids get beatup on the playground just because of their ridiculous duds, so for that reason I'll probably be cheering for the Seminoles in this game.
I'm sure that most of us who have been out of college for a little while have some amount of money saved for retirement--or you're blowing it on hard drugs. Seriously though, anyone with stock in Fed Ex may want to reconsider.
I'm all for random super rich dudes blowing their cash, but this article is talking about using 10 million a year from Fed Ex to sponsor Memphis's inclusion in a BCS AQ conference. I'd be beyond livid if I were a shareholder. It's one thing to pay for a company name on the Orange Bowl, but I don't know that any team is worth 10 million a year to a company that doesn't make sporting goods. To contrast, Michigan signed their Adidas contract for about 7.5 million.
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.