Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:12 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Earlier this week we wrote about the $1.8 million that UConn lost with its trip to the Fiesta Bowl. The largest portion of UConn's loss came from the number of tickets the school wasn't able to sell. Of course, UConn only lost money because it's a smaller school without a great football tradition, and just didn't have the same number of fans available to buy up tickets. Surely a larger school wouldn't have such a problem with the BCS system, right?
Wrong. Not even Auburn and Oregon, the two teams playing for a national championship, could escape their postseason trips with a profit.
According to the Birmingham News, Auburn returned home from Glendale short over $600,000, while Oregon lost $261,132. Combined, the two schools ended up paying $875,238, with the biggest culprit once again being ticket sales. Auburn had to eat $781,825 in tickets, while Oregon took a $555,575 hit.
Granted, I'm pretty sure if you told Auburn it could win a national championship every year for $600,000 -- insert Cam Newton joke here -- it would take the deal in a heartbeat. Besides, the odds are that Auburn will make that money back through the sale of merchandise related to its BCS title. That being said, the fact that even the teams playing in the biggest college football game of the year are losing money to do so tells you an awful lot about the BCS system.
Sure, the BCS is around to help both the schools and the student-athletes. Just as long as you replace "schools and student-athletes" with "BCS" anyway.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 1:38 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well, I guess since the Offseason Arrest Train was already in Pullman, it decided to make a quick journey over to Seattle to catch its latest college football player.
According to KIRO TV in Seattle, Washington running back Johri Fogerson was arrested overnight and is currently in Snohomish County Jail.
Huskies tailback Johri Fogerson is jailed on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana after a pursuit that ended overnight in Mill Creek.
The details of the pursuit aren't known yet, but according to police radio traffic, a driver fleeing police jumped out of a car near 164th Street in Mill Creek just before midnight and ran. Police found the man and arrested him.
Fogerson is being held at the Snohomish County Jail, according to the jail roster. The roster lists "resisting arrest from the WSP" and "drug charge (less than 40 grams of marijuana)" as the alleged offenses.Seriously, if I'm Steve Sarkisian, I'm not sure what upsets me more. The fact that my running back was arrested, or the fact that my running back couldn't outrun the police. I mean, if you can't get away from a police officer, then you've got no chance of outrunning an Oregon linebacker.
The school has not yet commented on Fogerson's arrest, or what kind of punishment he'll receive. Still, I can't help but think that getting arrested for marijuana possession and trying to evade police could do anything but help his rap career.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:11 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It doesn't really matter which college football conference you consider yourself a fan of, just about every college football fan has one thing in common: they think the officiating in their conference is terrible. Talk to an SEC fan, he'll tell you the SEC has terrible officials. The same for the Big Ten fan in your life, or the Big 12 fan. Still, if I had to crown one conference as the home of the worst officials in college football,based on all the games I've seen -- and I've seen plenty -- I'd have to name the Pac-10 as the worst in the sport.
It seems the Pac-10, and commissioner Larry Scott in particular, realized this as well, and it's hoping to ditch this reputation as it becomes the Pac-12. It was announced on Wednesday that the conference was replacing 11 officials with 16 new ones for the first season of Pac-12 play. Mike Pereira, the former head of officiating in the NFL and current on-air rules analyst for the NFL on Fox, was brought on as the conference's interim coordinator of football officiating, and he talked to the Seattle Times about the decision.
"I certainly did not think that for a geographic area like the West Coast that can draw from a lot of officials, I certainly didn't think it was at the level that it could be," said Pereira. "I'm not saying it was horrible, but it was not at the level that it deserved to be and that this conference deserves to have."
"We felt like these 16 were better than the 11 that did not have their contracts renewed."
This brings the Pac-12's number of officials to 49, which will be broken up into seven teams of seven officials for each game. Pereira also said that the conference will be hiring seven supervisors -- six of which come from the NFL -- to oversee each position on the field (one for the Line Judge, the umpire etc) and another for the replay booth.
They'll all be based out of a command center that will be located in Walnut Creek, California which will monitor every Pac-12 game.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:46 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The offseason arrest train keeps on rolling, this time deciding to make a stop in Pullman, Washington where Washington State linebacker Louis Bland was arrested early Saturday morning. According to Pullman police, officers first showed up at Bland's apartment around 3 AM on Saturday morning, where they were told that Bland and his girlfriend were in an argument about a cell phone. At the time, police saw no reason to arrest anybody, and warned both Bland and his girlfriend before leaving.
Thirty minutes later, police were called back when a woman could be heard screaming.
Upon their return, Bland's girlfriend told police that he'd thrown her to the ground, elbowed her in the back, hit her in the head and choked her. The police said that there was enough physical evidence to indicate "at least some of that did happen." Bland said he was assaulted as well, and there was also evidence to support his claim, but nothing on the same level as to what he'd allegedly done to his girlfriend.
So police arrested Bland and booked him into Whitman County Jail on a class B felony, that could put Bland in prison for 10 years.
Washington State has not made a statement on the arrest yet, but with spring practice scheduled to begin Monday, I'd say the odds are good that Bland will not be there.
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 5:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
It seems that Arizona head coach Mike Stoops has finally had enough of wide receiver Bug Wright, as the news came down on Wednesday afternoon that Wright had been dismissed from the team.
“Just a violation of team policies and rules,” coach Mike Stoops said Wednesday morning. “It’s been a chronic problem that hasn’t rectified itself.”
Stoops said he didn’t know what Wright would do next. Wright, who has used his redshirt season, would have to transfer to a lower-division school to continue playing because he wouldn’t have to sit out a year.Wright had originally been suspended by Stoops back in November, but was allowed to return in time to play against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. He muffed the first punt in that game, which led to an early Oklahoma State lead. One the Cowboys would never relent.
Wright caught 25 passes for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2010, and had 52 receptions for 581 yards and 3 touchdowns during his three year career.
Posted on: March 2, 2011 11:49 am
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Oregon State already knew it would be down one Rodgers when star tailback Jacquizz Rodgers took his 3,877 career rushing yards and 46 touchdowns to the NFL a year early. But Mike Riley and the Beavers still expected to be able to rely on receiver/returner extroadinaire (and Jacquizz brother) James Rodgers, the preseason All-American who was lost for 2010 with a Week 5 knee injury against Arizona. Despite playing in a higher percentage of the season's games than typically allowed for a medical waiver, Rodgers was granted a fifth year of eligibility in January thanks to having not taken a redshirt year.
But will Rodgers even be able to use it? The answer is in doubt after the Oregonian reported that Rodgers has undergone a second surgery on the knee:
Rodgers' mother, Tasha Williams, said by phone Tuesday that as far as she knew, the surgery went well ...We obviously wish Rodgers the best of luck in his recovery efforts, but certainly not as hard as Riley's wishing; without James (and with Rodgers nursing his own injuries), the Beaver offense cratered down the 2010 stretch run, scoring 20 or fewer points in four of their last five games. With neither brother on hand, Riley (who the Oregonian notes has already made comments that might indicate he's not planning on having James available) could have a hard time finding enough playmakers to keep the heat off of quarterback Ryan Katz.
It's not a stretch to say the difference between a return to the Beavers' typical form under riley and a second straight bowlless disappointment might be how well Rodgers' knee recovers this offseason.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:34 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's clear now that 2011 will be the off-season of the trick shot video in college football, with outstanding submissions by quarterbacks Johnny McEntee of UConn and Alex Tanney of Monmouth. But throwing the ball overhand like that? So played out. So February.
The logical next step, then, is long-snapping, and Zach Enyeart of Washington State is here to school the masses on how to do that properly. It's now time to watch four minutes of long-snapping tricks, because why not? It's the off-season!
There's an endearing goofiness to it, like a PG-rated Jackass episode -- for crying out loud, there's a target hanging between a guy's legs -- but with tricks instead of human misery (the denouement aside, of course). Also, the golf course sequence was particularly inspired, and we'd like to believe that his "putt" was on the first take so it's a legit par. Odds aren't great on that, but this is a trick shot video on YouTube; the end product is what matters, not the process.
One must wonder, though, that if we're already in the long snap portion of this fad and it's been less than a month, where will it go by June or July? Athletic trainer stunts? Check out this person putting an air cast on a shattered tibia in under 30 seconds! Watch as the trainer throws balls of tape into a garbage can from 30 rows up at the stadium! Who can stay in the cold tub the longest without developing life-threatening hypothermia???
Actually, now that I think of it, I really want to watch an athletic trainer trick shot video. Get at it already, Internet!
Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:59 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Every Monday, our weekly Recruiting Review recaps the past week's top headlines from our sister blog, Bryan Fischer's Eye on Recruiting . Enjoy:
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