in town for free camps
"This man knows... RT @caplannfl Bill O'Brien will stay at Penn St. No more interviews, source confirmed. There you go."
Great for PSU. Without him, they were going to plummet. Maybe now they will be able to ride their punishment out.
I realize the basketball game is on right now too, but I can't wait to watch this game. I wish these teams hadn't lost and this was the national championship.
I have to root for Bill Snyder and the Wildcats. Guy is a hell of a coach and 12 wins would be a school record.
Details are paywalled...but we sure could use talented wide receivers. We courted him early but he chose USC last fall. He decomitted yesterday and has expressed interest in us again. He is at the Under Armour Game this week.
My Auburn friends are telling me this will put Derrick Green over the top and choose Auburn. We'll see.
As you may have noticed from watching all the New Year's Day games, a plethora of tickets were still available at the bowl games, particularly the Gator Bowl.
For the Outback Bowl, the addition of Michigan did help increase attendance (54,527 vs 49,429) somewhat but it was still far from a sellout. In terms of TV, the rating dropped quite a bit, from a 5.0 (MSU/Georgia) to a 4.3 (UM/SC).
It's obvious Georgia is a bigger TV draw than SC, but I'm a little surprised Michigan didn't help keep that number closer for 2013. Pairing this with the poor showing of last year's Sugar Bowl (3rd lowest BCS game of all-time), it seems to confirm that while we're a big TV draw (compared to 95% of programs), we're not quite big enough by ourselves to draw a huge numbers of viewers.***
(Note on link: while the ratings are as solid as TV ratings get, take the attendance figures with a grain of salt; there is simply no way there were 70,000+ at the Orange Bowl -- on TV it looked like a typical U of Miami game.)
***Update: as 'Murph' pointed out below, the Outback bowl was on ABC last year, not ESPN. Since ESPN is in 87% of TV household (essentially 5/6), this means the "normalized" number for last year's Outback would be 4.2 -- thus the TV rating was essentially unchanged from 2012/2013..
Naturally, Michigan fans are born with a disdain for Notre Dame. Recent years, however, have given us a more than sufficient dislike of any and all things SEC. That being said, who will you be rooting for in the NC game?
For me, my hatred of the SEC will win out here and I'll be rooting for the Irish.