Does anyone know how much Al Borges used the screen pass at San Diego State? As I watch the films from the Lloyd Carr years on MGoVideo, I find that not only did we waggle all day, we used the screen pass to great effect. Given Denard's unique skill set, using more screens could help buy him more time to throw deep down the field. Does anyone have any insight on this?
Here's a CNBC article from yesterday discussing the economics of LHN. My understanding is that BTN revenues were up over 20% again this year and that the network paid out $8.9 million per school. According to the CNBC report, LHN will pay UT approximately $11 million in the first year with a 3% escalator each year thereafter. That means BTN is on track to pass the LHN in revenues per school by 2013. It also has much broader distribution nationally. I found that interesting considering all the hype LHN has received.
Let's start with the Longhorn Network, which launches Friday, but has no carriers. Texas will receive $10.98 million a year and receive guaranteed three percent bumps through the life of the contract.
But Texas will only receive the truly big bucks — equal to 70 percent of the net revenue — after ESPN nets $295 million on the project. That might never happen. Carriers will surely come, but at what price will they accept a deal? And how many Longhorn fans will push their local carriers to get something done with one football game and eight men's basketball games? ESPN officials did not immediately respond to comment.
Then there's the issue with ticket prices. Texas is charging $70 for the Rice game, $75 for Kansas and Kansas State, $85 Oklahoma State & BYU and $95 for Texas Tech. Coming off a horrible 5-7 year, it appears like there's a glut in the marketplace for the non-marquee games and fans easily see that now that StubHub is the official secondary ticketing site of the Longhorns.
The design for Boise State's Nike Pro Combat uniforms to be worn against Georgia in their season opener have been released:
Two thoughts: 1) They are not nearly as obnoxious as some of the NPC unis of the past; and 2) Even if they were over the top, BSU is not exactly known for being understated. I kind of like them - at least for BSU.
I'm sure we'll get a full report later, but the Wolverine reported that Borges said that we'll use more shotgun than he ever has b/c of Denard. That's good news.
wonder where he got the money to buy 49 pairs of shoes? if those shoes were all around $80, which isn't unreasonable to think, then he spent close to $4000 on shoes. and its probably safe to assume he has a fair amount of dress shoes (maybe, not sure if there is any place to wear dress shoes in baton rouge) i doubt the NCAA will read this and look into it though.
edit: here is the link, they are looking for evidence of the fight he was in
Aug. 25, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan football program will open the 2014 season with a match-up against Appalachian State University on Aug. 30 at Michigan Stadium. This will be the second meeting between the Wolverines and Mountaineers at Michigan Stadium.
"We look forward to facing Appalachian State again," said U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon.
The only previous game in the series between Michigan and Appalachian State came in the 2007 season opener. The defending FCS champion Mountaineers stunned the Wolverines, 34-32, as ASU blocked a field goal attempt that could have won the game for Michigan at the end of regulation. It was the first-ever game broadcast by the Big Ten Network.
U-M has two remaining open dates on its schedule.