Want to buy Kentucky season tickets in 2015 and beyond? It'll cost you
Kentucky is renovating Commonwealth Stadium into a major-league football venue, and along with that comes major-league ticket prices.
The Wildcats will charge at least $320 for season tickets beginning in 2015, an eight-game home schedule according to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal. That's par for the course. If you want a suite, though, it'll cost at least $75,000. Suites along the new south end zone will come at a price tag of $60,000, with a $15,000 donation due at reservation. That's up from $50,000 and $10,000, respectively, for Commonwealth Stadium's current suites.
Kentucky is also installing a loge area that will seat 300 fans, divided into boxes holding four-to-six people. Those can be had for the low, low price of $10,000 per season (plus ticket price) and a $2,500 donation, err "capital gift", due at signing. If you want to upgrade to a six-person loge, the price escalates to $15,000 and $3,750 apiece.
Another 1,800 seats will be built at the mezzanine and field levels. Mezzanine seats can be had for $1,500 a seat plus ticket price, and field level seats go for $1,250 a pop plus ticket price.
It'll be up to Mark Stoops to field a team worthy of major-league prices playing in its major-league stadium.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon: 'I'm a man! I'm 60!'
The Tampa Bay Rays needed to find a way to sell season tickets - as all baseball teams are trying to do in this time of year - and they wanted to wish manager Joe Maddon a happy 60th birthday. Somehow, they managed to do both in the same video... by impersonating Mike Gundy.
Maddon doesn't even attempt to approach Gundy's decibel level from the rant (no link necessary, you know which rant I'm talking about), which is par for the course. Maddon is the Phil Jackson Zen master of Major League Baseball.
it's a testament to the impact Gundy made on that day way back in September 2007 that MLB franchises are cashing in on the cultural capital of a college football press conference from seven years ago.
The MAC has (sort of) released its 2014 schedule
The 2014 college football season kicks off 198 days from today, and the Mid-American Conference does not yet have its 2014 schedule.
The slate will be released sometime between today and August 28, but that day is not today. However, the MAC has released its set of home/away opponents for each of its 13 members. As a reminder, Bowling Green defeated Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship, while Ball State, Buffalo and Ohio all made bowl appearances. Eastern Michigan (Chris Creighton), Bowling Green (Dino Babers), Massachusetts (Mark Whipple) and Miami, Ohio (Chuck Martin) will all break in new head coaches.
Listed below are the 2014 opponents for each MAC school (*crossover opponent):
Home: Bowling Green, Miami (OH), UMass, Eastern Michigan*
Away: Buffalo, Kent State, Ohio, Ball State*
Home: Buffalo, Kent State, Ball State*, Western Michigan*
Away: Akron, Ohio, UMass, Toledo*
Home: Akron, Kent State, Miami (OH), Central Michigan*
Away: Bowling Green, Ohio, UMass, Eastern Michigan*
Home: Akron, Ohio, UMass, Toledo*
Away: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois*
Home: Kent State, Ohio, UMass, Western Michigan*
Away: Akron, Buffalo, Central Michigan*, Northern Illinois*
Home: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Northern Illinois*
Away: Kent State, Miami (OH), *Central Michigan, Western Michigan*
Home: Bowling Green, Buffalo, Ball State*, Eastern Michigan*
Away: Akron, Kent State, Miami (OH), Toledo*
Home: Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Akron*
Away: Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green*, UMass*
Home: Ball State, Western Michigan, Miami (OH)*, Ohio*
Away: Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Buffalo*
Home: Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Buffalo*
Away: Ball State, Western Michigan, Akron*, UMass*
Home: Central Michigan, Toledo, Kent State*, Miami (OH)*
Away: Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio*
Home: Ball State, Central Michigan, Bowling Green*, UMass*
Away: Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Kent State*
Home: Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ohio*
Away: Ball State, Central Michigan, Bowling Green*, Miami (OH)*
Video: Tennessee's signing day was a celebration
Fittingly, Tennessee's look behind the scenes of signing day seems more like a celebration than an all access look. That's what you get when you sign a class ranked in the top ten by nearly every major recruiting site.
Also, in case you missed it during signing day coverage, the staff took their "Brick by Brick" motto to the next level with actual bricks in the staff room to represent each signed letter that came in, and even the printer was dressed up in the equivalent a suit for the big day.
Seems like a very exciting time to be in Knoxville, so this is definitely a very fitting way to celebrate the staff's hard work over the last year and half.
Miami takes a definitive look at Al Golden's first three years at The U
Al Golden's tenure as Miami's head coach started under a black cloud, figuratively. So it's only fitting that "Raising Canes: An Unprecedented Journey" - The U's blow-by-blow account of Golden's first three seasons coached simultaneously through the darkest period of NCAA-related uncertainty in the program's history - starts with a black cloud.
The now-infamous Nevin Shapiro story hit before Golden coached his first game at Miami. Golden says he remembers vividly being asked in August 2011 whether he thought there would even be a Hurricanes football team in 2012. The benefit of hindsight allows us to smirk at that question today, but at the time that fear was as legitimate as raincloud on a summer afternoon.
According to Golden, the turning point, or rather the turning point before the turning point, was receiving commitments from key 2012 South Florida recruits Duke Johnson and Tracy Howard. Johnson and Howard signing with Miami signaled to other Miami-area prospects that it was okay for them to sign with the Hurricanes, and a sign to Miami's coaches that the program was not going to crater.
The first high point comes in October of last fall, when athletics director Blake James informed the team that, after two years of empty Decembers, they would indeed be eligible for the ACC Championship and a postseason bowl game. Miami finished the season 9-4 with an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the program's first since 2010.
The second high point was just last week, when Miami signed its first sanction-free class in the Golden era. By now, Miami is ready to move on from Hurricane Shapiro, and no one in green and orange is more excited about that than Golden and his staff.
"We're entering a phase where we can go thrive and we can go recruit," Golden said, "and I can't tell you how refreshing it's been to go out and talk about what a great place the University of Miami is."
Video: This has to be some of Illinois' best recruiting material
Heading into the 2013 season USC (40), LSU (39), and Miami (38) were the most represented college programs with players in the NFL, according to an SI piece. Ohio State was the only Big Ten team in the top ten with 27 former players in the league.
Today, Illinois released this video boasting that 26 of their former players are currently on NFL rosters. Going by 2013's numbers (which have undoubtedly changed significantly) 26 would put Illinois tied for 12th with Florida, right behind Ohio State, and Oregon. With Beckman and his staff in the thick of the rebuilding process for the Illini, that has to be particularly impressive to young recruits who are considering taking their talents to Champaign.
Here's a look at those 26 players during their heyday wearing the orange and blue.
John Garrett will be the new offensive coordinator at Oregon State
John Garrett will be the new offensive coordinator at Oregon State, multiple sources told FootballScoop on Tuesday. Garrett replaces Danny Langsdorf, who spent nine seasons in Corvallis before accepting the quarterbacks job with the New York Giants.
Two things immediately jump off the page about Garrett. First, the bloodlines. He's the older brother of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the brother of Dallas Cowboys director of pro scouting Judd Garrett, and the son of longtime NFL assistant and former Columbia head coach Jim Garrett. Second, it's his inexperience as a coordinator. John Garrett has nearly 20 years of coaching experience, almost none of it in college football and none of it as an offensive coordinator.
Garrett broke into coaching as a player personnel assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. He spent seven years with the Cincinnati Bengals, six with the Cowboys, two with the Arizona Cardinals and coached wide receivers for the Bucs in 2013. Amongst that, he spent a four-year sabbatical from the NFL under Al Groh at Virginia, coaching wide receivers from 2004-07 and earning a promotion to assistant head coach for offense his final year in Charlottesville.
Though Garrett himself may be lacking coordinator experience, his offense does return a wealth of experience at a key position: quarterback. Sean Mannion is college football's leading returning passer after connecting on 400-of-603 (66.3 percent) throws for 4,662 yards (7.7 yards per attempt) with 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions (146.55 rating) in the Beavers' 7-6 season.
Oregon State started the year 6-1, averaging 44.1 points per game in the process, but then dropped five straight - all against Pac-12 bowl teams - games while seeing its scoring output more than cut in half to 21 points per game. The Beavers recovered to close the year with a 38-23 win over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
Garrett has missed out on recruiting the 2014 class, but he still has one major personnel matter left hanging in the balance:
If I’m John Garrett, I’m trying to get in touch with Mike Cavanaugh to convince him to stay at Oregon State. Oklahoma State meeting w him— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) February 11, 2014
Dave Clawson explains a recruiting lesson he learned the hard way
If you take a close look at Dave Clawson's first class at Wake Forest, you'll notice a trend. Clawson told ESPN in an interview this morning that his objective was to "sign an entire football team", meaning one player at every position.
After looking at his staff's haul, you could say they did just that. All in all they signed four defensive lineman, three linebackers, and four secondary players (two corners and two safeties). On the offensive side of things they signed five offensive lineman, three receivers, a tight end, and two quarterbacks and tailbacks because of the anticipated need in the next few years.
There's a reason that Clawson planned to attack his first season recruiting at Wake in that manner, and it's because of a lesson he learned while starting off at Bowling Green.
I’ve made the mistake before, when I got to Bowling Green, the coaches on the staff said, ‘Hey, we just recruited a great offensive line class. We’re all set there, we’ve got good depth, you don’t need to sign that position.’ We didn’t sign that position, and of those five players, only one of them was even decent." Clawson explained.
"Now we really had two years without the position which killed us. Having not been through a spring practice, having not been through a season with these guys, we basically just wanted to recruit a football team so we have one-deep at every position in the freshman class."
For programs with limited scholarships, that may be a good lesson to keep in mind. Clawson made the mistake, and then adjusted his recruiting philosophy accordingly, so it will be interesting to see what he does in year two and three at Wake and how that philosophy continues to evolve.