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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.

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Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:07 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

No need for NU to pay anyone that kind of money to come to Nebraska but if they were, it would'nt be to Boise. I think BS doesn't get the respect they deserve but at the same time, they need to get real about putting together an out of conference schedule.

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:02 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Rumors of this $1M demand to play opposing teams on the road had surfaced a year ago, just with no links to it to confirm or deny.  Really, I don't think it's the money as much as the entitlement that irks people.  Most of the power schools who play creampuffs pay them between $600K-$900K for a blowout anyway, so the Ohio State's and Texas's and Florida's and Alabama's certainly can afford to pay that much for a game, but for a team who needs the game to gain legitimacy in EVERYONE'S eyes (some feel they already have it) it seems that they feel that they deserve the buyout as well as a chance to prove themselves.  Can't have it both ways, fellas.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:57 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I can't judge until I know how much money it costs to fly to Lincoln and keep an entire football team in a hotel minus whatever percentage of the gate Boise St. stands to make from the game. If Nebraska gets to keep the entire gate, a $1 million dollar fee sounds very reasonable. The devil is in the details.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:56 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Considering this came out from a Nebraska newspaper, I'm not necessarily buying it.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:42 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I remember reports of BSU pleading to get real games.  $1 million.  Now idk what other schools charge in instances like this but BSU should not be demanding anything.  They need to play real teams to gain legitimacy because the rest of their schedule is like playing hs teams. 

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:40 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Same crap with their Ole Miss scheduling. Taking in right at a million dollars for that game too. Boise State is a good team but as long as they want to act like nobody will play them and complain about the BCS, then do something about it and quit this idiocy. They don't realize that quality teams like Nebraska are doing Boise State a favor just by playing them, and then they expect to get paid a million dollars for it? ...right

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