no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
Over on Dr. Saturday he runs down some of the expenses for just the bands and it is ridiculous. The current system is broken and it seems few make some cash while the rest just get the "priveledge" of playing in the games at a cost.
• I guess it really is the "Million Dollar Band." Speaking of the current format: Alabama and LSU are expected to spend close to $1 million between them just to get their marching bands to the BCS Championship Game, a significant chunk of it due to colossal ticket prices. For its band, LSU is ponying up $185,150 to buy 529 tickets for $350 apiece — the highest face-value cost for a BCS ticket, due to the primo location near the field. Alabama's band will need approximately ten more seats, bringing its tab for tickets alone to $188,650.
"We want the band there, but they take up 500 tickets. We have to buy those tickets, and tickets for this game are unbelievably expensive," said LSU athletic director Joe Alleva, who told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the university has budgeted a little over $2 million to cover all expenses related to the game. "If we spend more [than their share of the payout from the SEC], it's our fault. If we spend less, we make money. But in a lot of bowl games, it's a losing deal."
• See also… Clemson, which expects to lose $185,000 on its trip to the Orange Bowl. The two major expenses? Tickets ($390,070) and lodging ($576,696), both purchased at face value as part of the university's contract with the bowl game, whether it's able to sell them or not. (Hint: It's not.) As of late last week, Clemson had sold roughly half of its 17,500 tickets from the Orange Bowl, and will have to pick up the tab for the rest.
"There is a perception problem; it's not a windfall," said athletic director Terry Don Phillips after Clemson cleared a whopping $26,986 from last year's trip to the Meineke Car Care Bwol. "You just want to be able to break even. Sometimes you don't even break even. But there are significant benefits. You get some extra practice time. And anytime you can get on national television, it continues exposure for your program, which is very significant value."
Judging by fast ticket sales for Michigan and slow ticket sales for VT I'd guess 50,000 Michigan fans.
Neat article about the "academic index", used by the Ivy League schools to ensure some kind of fairness across schools. The basic idea is simple: compute a formula based on GPA and SAT scores, and ensure each school has about the same average across their athletes.
Should the Big Ten, SEC, etc., be forced to do something like this too? (it certainly would be interesting to know the AIs of various schools)
The Big 10 always seems to get negative press about their record in Bowl games the last few years compared with the SEC but no one ever comments about the level of competition they play. Once again all 5 Big 10 ranked teams are playing someone ranked ahead of them.
It would be interesting to see how the level of competition among ranked teams works out between the Big 10 and the SEC the last few years. I think if the Big10 office was smarter than they are they would arrange the bowl schedule so that their teams plays competition inferior (or at least more equal) to themselves a little more often.
It would certainly help with the perception that SEC football is far superior to Big 10.
Collegefootballnews.com has ranked the first year Head Coaches in D1 and our very own Brady Hoke went to #1 with a bullet. CFN noted that Brady has been named coach of the year now in three different conferences and correctly observes he has "attracted all the right assistants" and "imagines how well he will do "once he gets a few recruiting classes on campus".
Merry Christmas everyone! The future's so bright we gotta wear shades.
It was four years ago tonight that Elliott Mealer was in a tragic automobile accident on the way to Christmas Eve Worship. His father David, and girlfriend Hollis, were killed instantly. Brock was paralyzed, and Elliott tore his rotater cuff. Sometimes I wonder if that injury affected his playing time at Michigan. We'll never know. Regardless, keep Elliott, Brock, their mom Shelly and brother Blake in your prayers. I suspect that Christmas Eve will always be a bittersweet day for them, in light of their loss.