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Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:10 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's pretty well-known that Boise State has historically struggled to fill its schedule with enough legitimate teams to beef the season's strength of schedule to the point of respectability. Sure, there's Oregon last year, Virginia Tech last weekend, but by and large, it's slim pickings. But if the report from the Omaha World-Herald today is true, it sure sounds like Boise's not really putting in a good-faith effort:


Nebraska called. Nebraska tried.

In the past year, NU tried to put together a series with BSU; two-for-one, home-and-home, one-way trip to Lincoln. Whatever. It ended up fizzling out. Why?

Because, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, Boise wanted a minimum $1 million to play in Lincoln.

This, of course, is insanity. Nebraska has zero incentive to agree to a deal like that; while the athletic program would still make money off of the game even after handing over seven figures to their esteemed guests, they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs instead. Moreover, for BCS teams, non-conference strength of schedule doesn't really matter. Or, if you demand more nuance, SOS does matter, but not nearly to the extent that it would offset the negative effect of taking a loss should Nebraska lose that game (easily possible).

But if that's the way Boise wants to play it, by all means, let them. Just keep stories like these in mind the next time a BSU fan complains about the consequences of the cupcake schedule they face every year.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:15 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

$600-$900k???? Google it. You'll see that teams typically get 150k-450k tops. I'm sure that somewhere there is an outlying exception, but the standard amount is still less than a half million. That's still a lot, but not nearly as much as 600-900. I agree though completely about them not having it both ways. Last I checked, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, etc, would not request seven figures to play Florda State, Michigan, Oklahoma, etc.
But never the less, Boise State Public Relations team should be hired by Team Obama. They are getting a lot of people to buy in to a lot of craziness!

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:13 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

One more time. The Nebraska AD (Dr. Tom) is on record stating the reason Nebraska would not do o one-and-done was because Nebraska's 2011 schedule (Washington, Fresno State, and Wyoming) was already tough. It had nothing to do with money. The Nebraska AD is also on record stating that Nebraska had offered Boise State a 2 for 1 deal starting in 2015. Interesting thing about that offer, is it contradicts the reason given for not scheduling a 2011 game given the 2015-17 schedule:

2015: @ Miami(FL) and S. Miss.
2016: Fresno State, Tennesse, and Wyoming
2017: Tennessee

A couple more points:

Nebraska is ranked 4th the Fobes 20 most valuable college football programs with a $49M profit last year. I find it ludicrous that anyone, especially an assistant AD at Nebraska to imply that a deal didn't get done over what amounts to a couple hundred grand at most.

Boise State has since filled that date with Ole Miss and will recieve $900K, Nebraska is still looking

One last thing, you see the ratings from BSU/VT game? Well that could of been Nebraska next year...........

Nebraska blew off 7,252,000 households for $200K

Big mistake............................


Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:12 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Gee, I guess Boise State officials should formally change their message to "no one will agree to play us in a mutually beneficial and agreeable manner". If Nebraska wanted to play an outstanding program like Boise State at home, which, let's face it, they don't, why not pay them $1 million? They are certainly willing to fork out about half of that for the easy win against NE Whatever A&T.
If Nebraska would agree to a home and home, which they wouldn't, that would be a different story. The big boys want it their way. They either want a game against a good smaller conference team at their home, at a neutral site, or on a 2 for 1 basis, and even that is rarely offered.
As the original story indicated, Nebraska doesn't need this game, which is precisely the problem with college football in the first place. There is no incentive to play anyone but 4 patsies in the non-conference slate, and then play your conference games. As the big conferences are determined to not let anyone crash their party, this effectively leaves Boise State, or any other legitimate small conference team, out of the mix.
Play a 16 game tourney boys, and see who WINS a National Championship.
People who understand competition realize that college football only awards mythical Championships because you don't win something by coach or sportswriter votes, you win by taking on all comers and walking off the winner, just like EVERY other NCAA sport.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 8:07 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

If Boise State played at Lincoln that would be a huge nationally televised game similar to recent Va Tech game and Nebraska would make a fortune off the game.  It is bush league for Nebraska's AD to disclose that BSU wanted 1 million to the media.  Of course they are entitled to at least 1 million considering the windfall of cash that Nebraska would make off this matchup.  Boise State would also beat Nebraska this year by the way.  Boise State has the best QB in college. 

Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:40 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I would want $1 Million to go back to that sh!t hole too!!! The AD for Nebraska was just scared to sign the deal, plain and simple. No one in Lincolon wanted anything to do with Boisie St.. That includes fans, coaches, or players. Why do you think Nebraska only plays one decent non-confrence game every few years? I lived in Nebraska for three years and the only good team they played out of confrence was V.T. and they lost. They just need to stick to playing the likes of S.D. St, Florida Atlantic and Ark. St so they can have a winning record every year.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:12 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Are you serious!  All you have shown me is 6 teams that Nebraska will lose to.  They haven't been relevent since Osbourne left.
As far as who is Boise playing.  They just beat every top 10 team they play!

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 6:54 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I hope I'm right in assuming that everyone who isn't busy sucking BCS schlong isn't taking this at face value.

Yes, Boise did indeed ask for 1mil to play @Nebraska.  But there was a reason why.

Nebraska wanted a 2-for-1 with both games @Nebraska first.  Which would normally be fine and at that point they probably could have reached a slightly less ludicrous figure although I really don't think 1mil is all that unreasonable seeing as the profit would still well outweigh that.

Nebraska wanted to add a clause that allowed them to buyout the third game @Boise for some fairly high sum.  But Boise isn't really in this for the money, they want a fair series that proves their legitimacy.  Boise refused to allow Nebraska to add that buyout, so Nebraska asked what it would take.

And Boise said, A la Dr. Evil,


Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 6:52 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 6:11 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

LOL, enjoy playing your little high school boy schedule the rest of the way.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:40 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I didn't read through all the comments but the reality is $1 million would be about right for a game simply because that game would sell out even faster than the rest of the home dates and you know that that game is 100% guaranteed to be on ESPN.  I tell you what, I bet that game along with any Boise game against any big time BCS teams would get such high TV ratings and that fact alone would make it worth it for both schools to do it.  So, on either side, just get this game done, I would love to see it and I know many other real fans out there and on these boards would be watching that game.

I do want to say kudos to teams that actually schedule them such as Oregon St., Oregon, Virginia Tech, etc...

Though these are not big name programs in the eyes of most homers, these are still high quality teams that are very good year in and year out and I am glad they got over the name on the front of the jersey and have realized that teams like Boise, TCU, Utah, etc, are really good and there is much to be gained by playing one of them.  Now only if the rest of the country's fans would stop being trapped in the 90's and realize that it is okay for teams that were not a household name prior to 2000 to be good now, it is okay really, it happens, teams rise and teams fall and these programs have clearly risen so no, these teams don't suck and they aren't overrated like many homers would like to believe and the respect they get is warranted.

I guess my message is to those who don't seem to realize the landscape of sports changes all the time, these programs at this point are better than most of the "name" programs, that's the reality, deal with it and grow up and accept change.

I'll say it one more time though, I would love to see these two go at it or TCU playing someone like Wisconsin or Utah playing Florida State, I would just love to see different matchups, I think you can tell that much about me and that I am a fan of the game in general.


Though they are not what they were long ago I am looking forward to the Utah-Notre Dame game later in the year.  The Pitt-Utah game was great, as was the TCU-OSU game and the Boise-Va Tech game was even better, college football needs more out of conference games like these early in the season.

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