Tag:Kevin Kolb
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 8:05 pm

NCAA owes it to itself to support NFL owners

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As the days, weeks, and months creep by and the NFL labor situation gets no closer to resolution, diehard NFL fans find themselves in a predicament: what is there to do if there's no pro football? Do they breathe a sigh of relief and count the money they'll end up saving? Do they take up other activities, recommit themselves to family life on weekends, and put sports in general on the back burner? Or do they stare at an upcoming autumn devoid of football, freak out, and find the nearest college team to support until pro ball comes back?

If the NCAA is wise, it'll bank on the last scenario -- that NFL fans are really football fans. Then, it'll throw its full-throated support behind the NFL owners, who are currently fighting tooth-and-nail to protect the lockout they've placed on the players ... and reap the glorious benefits. Let's face it, no business for the NFL is good business for college football, and there are several college programs in particular that stand to benefit immensely from a protracted work stoppage in the pro ranks.

The Miami Hurricanes have a new coach and, um, plenty of seats for displaced NFL fans. Colorado has a new coach and a new conference with new rivals. Minnesota's got a new coach and a two-year-old stadium that makes the Metrodome look like... well, the Metrodome was already terrible, but TCF Bank Stadium is still a major plus for the Gophers. Those are three prime opportunities for athletic departments to encourage new fans to "help us start a new chapter in our future." Think Dolphins, Vikings, and Broncos fans aren't going to notice that opportunity? Especially if college tickets are half as expensive and there are ten times as many gorgeous young women at the tailgates?

The Houston Cougars should have Case Keenum back to finish his quest to break the NCAA passing records. He's just the next step in Houston's tradition of great college quarterbacks (David Klingler, Andre Ware, and to-a-somewhat-lesser-extent-but-he-
was-still-pretty-darned-good Kevin Kolb), and it would be insane for the Cougars not to publicize his assault on the record books on a weekly basis. Besides, no offense to the Texans, but the Cougars are the local team with more football tradition anyway.

Northwestern has billed itself as "Chicago's college football team" recently. That seems a little unfair to the hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans who are alumni of other major universities, but if the Chicago Bears are sitting at home on Sundays, Northwestern turns into the city's ONLY football team. Similarly, the idea of Indiana actually selling out its Memorial Stadium on a regular basis seems like far less of a pipe dream if Lucas Oil Stadium's sitting empty on weekends. Purdue would be happy to accommodate some of those Colts fans too.

The impact of a large influx of fans, if even for a game or two, is not insignificant. 10,000 extra tickets sold for $25 a pop equals a quarter-million dollars in extra ticket revenue alone, to say nothing of concessions, merchandise, and parking fees. That's something some teams can accomplish in one game. And that's just immediate money in. There's also the inroads made with fans, particularly younger ones. Making entreaties to families and younger adults means that the college football program can start cultivating long-lasting fan relationships -- and new donors. The alumni associations can always use the help, after all.

So, athletic directors and college coaches. Line up shoulder-to-shoulder behind the NFL's owners, and stand tall in their support. Then take, take, take from them. College football will be stronger for it.

Posted on: September 13, 2010 5:05 pm

How is Case Keenum day-to-day with a concussion?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As mentioned earlier, Case Keenum suffered what's being called a mild concussion and is, according to Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, "day-to-day" and "improving dramatically." On its face, that's good news for Houston fans, as Keenum is their superstar and a big key to victory this weekend and going forward.

But that all obscures a larger question. If Keenum really did suffer a concussion, how in the world is he just "day-to-day"?

First of all, let's agree to retire the term "mild concussion." There's no such thing. Certainly, there are concussions with fewer visible effects than the crushing hit Tim Tebow took last year that sent him to a hospital, full vomit bag in hand. But even if a player suffers what would usually go down as a "mild concussion," that is still a brain injury, and needs to be treated accordingly. Sure, Keenum's condition has improved dramatically between Friday and today, but that should be a sign of concern, not relief: that means there was dramatic improvement that needed to be made.

Our colleague Eric Freeman wrote a story about the Philadelphia Eagles' own concussion problems yesterday, and in multiple instances, the Eagles sent concussed players (quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley) back onto the field before halftime, leading to this sickening quote from Andy Reid:


Coach Andy Reid said both Kolb and Bradley were initially cleared by the medical staff on the sideline. It was decided at halftime to sit them.

"They were fine," Reid said. "All of the questions they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren't feeling well. So we took them out."

Let's be clear: Bradley and Kolb were not fine. Both visibly struggled to leave the field immediately after their hits. Worse, upon actual examination by team doctors today, both men were sent home after failing concussion tests. So if Reid says the two men were fine on Sunday but not today, then whatever gameday protocol the Eagles followed (to a T!) is recklessly insufficient.

But this isn't about the Eagles. This is about the Houston Cougars, potentially threatening Keenum's mental well-being years down the road in pursuit of, tops, two weeks' worth of stats for the quarterback. With all the news about that has come out recently about the (surprisingly prevalent) deleterious effects of repetitive brain trauma on former football players, it is within a football players' best interests to ease back into play over the span of weeks, not days. Rushing Keenum back--and, let's be honest, calling him "day-to-day" on a Monday means he's playing on Saturday--seems like an insanely reckless decision

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