I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I was scanning the bowl match ups with the Pac-12 winner, Stanford, obviously going to the Rose this year for a New Year's Day game. That is a distinction that none of the other big names were able to claim. Here are some of the other "big" games with ranked teams and 8-4 Washington
#10 Oregon (10-2): Alamo Bowl Dec 30th
#14 ASU (10-3): Holiday Bowl Dec 30th
#17 UCLA (9-3): Sun Bowl Dec 31st
#25 USC (9-4): Las Vegas Bowl Dec 21st
Washington (8-4): Fight Hunger Bowl Dec 27th
We have 3 NYD games and the Orange Bowl in addition to the other games. Delany owns Larry Scott in this aspect for some reason.
Make no mistake the Copper/BWW Bowl is an absolute MUST win. Unlike Husker fan who was as embarrassed as Michigan to play in an Alamo bowl, a win over a 7-5 Michigan is Mecca for K-Stater.
The unthinkable almost happened in 1998 when K-State was playing in the B12 championship game with an appearance for a National Championship on the line. The voice of purple little Kansas brother was unbearable because unlike Kansas, K-Stater and Mizzou have no idea how to win with dignity. That 1998 K-state team was upset by Texas A & M as Michael Bishop could have overthrown IRAQ that day and they would be further humbled by Drew Brees in the Alamo Bowl.
This is a big game for the locals and although this will be simply a merciful end to the football season for most of you on this board for those of us living in Kansas City this could be the trail of 1,000 tears as we listen to Jeb and Clep compare Bill Snyder to Bo Schembechler through a wad of Skoal.
GOD SAVE OUR SOULS!
Analysis by The Michigan Daily shows that in direct revenues, a player like Gardner can add $5.5 million to the University per year. In free advertising alone, Gardner generating more than $8 million through media exposure over one month.
The current NCAA system, which prohibits monetary compensation to student athletes, makes it impossible to precisely evaluate a player’s market value. But as the debate over player compensation continues, the question is as important as ever.
We've had the "pay the players" topic of conversation here quite a few times, but this article from the Michigan Daily puts some dollar amounts on just how much some of those top tier student athletes really make for the university, and it's staggering. Michigan spends about $275K on each football player every year - but that includes the almost $9M spent on coaches' salaries. I'm all for a stipend, or an Olympic model. Still the best line I read (elsewhere, Bacon?) was how the NCAA spends millions employing people just to make sure that the students don't get a dime.
Via the OSU fanbase at the Big 10 Championship game...
This is not intended to be one of those "slamming the other fan" posts, just good for a laugh!
It seems most posters here are like me and don't know much at all about KSU or Bill Snyder, other than the fact he's been around a long time and he seems every year to win more games than most expect him to. I came across this great article about Snyder, the influence he has had on the game and his coaching tree. It's really quite impressive. Now, perhaps this article gives him more credit than he is due, but it certainly goes a long way to showing why year after year the old guy puts quality teams out on the playing field.
Something I hadn't realized is that he and Rich Rod both developed very similar spread concepts at about the same time, independent of each other.
There's also a link to an SI article with this interesting tidbit (with added bonus of discussion about Jermy Gallon and his High School coach if you click on the SI link) :
While Meyer and Rodriguez would eventually become confidants, Meyer's most direct inspiration for his ground game came from Kansas State, where coach Bill Snyder had made a direct-snap running back out of quarterback Michael Bishop and contended for the 1998 national title. "I went out to visit Kansas State and saw what they were doing with the quarterback, and I came away from there amazed," says Meyer. "That stuff really impacted me."
Since we are headed to the Bdubs Bowl and excitements at a low i thought id post the good old days of every game from the 1997 season. Michigan was at the top of college football. We won the big ten won the rose bowl gained another Heisman Trophy winner. Im sure many believed we would win at least 1 more NC within the next 10 years and a few more Heisman winner. 16 years later and we seem far from these goals. My question, was 97 just a one hit wonder or can Michigan get back to this level of football again and prove they are a national program?? Enjoy the videos.