It takes money to make money
Next season, Charley Molnar and UMass are scheduled to travel to Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin in their first season as a member of the Mid American Conference.
Their game against the Buckeyes puts them in line for $1 million payday, and the game at the Big House will earn the Minutemen $650,000.
The payday for their game against Wisconsin has not been formally announced, but we can guess that payday will be pretty hefty as well.
The athletic department also recently announced a $33 million fundraising campaign, which will aim to enhance capital, fundraising, endowments and sport specific goals over the next six years.
Update on renovations to Kyle Field
Texas A&M President, R. Bowen Loftin recently met with a local radio station to talk about some renovations and possible expansions to to Kyle Field.
Loftin said that they are currently looking to renovate the 90 year old lower decks of the stadium, and are also considering the concession and rest room areas. Loftin said that they will take input from all areas of campus including faculty, students, and alumni on the possible changes.
"Many college fans want more amenities than they once had," Loftin said. "We're going to look at a large variety of options from a selected vendor, well known in the sports venue field."
Loftin expanded by saying that they will not use any state or tuition dollars for the renovations, and stressed to the students that any construction will not effect availability for student tickets "Typically you'll find 6-8-10 thousand student tickets available, usually in the corner or end zone for students to utilize but that's not how it works here." The Aggie students take up approximately 30,000 of the 85,000 seats at Kyle Field.
Signing Day NAIA Style
Signing day at Southern Oregon isn't all that different from what some of our guys have been through at some smaller D1 programs. Clearly, this program is on the rise!
Well done video by quarterbacks coach Matt Adkins.
The most interesting man in college football
Honestly, we go back and forth...is it Les or is it Leach? For this one day, we believe we have the answer...
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote up a very interesting interview with Mike Leach. You should really read the whole thing...but a couple of quick ones...
Leach is starting to settle into the environment up in Pullman, even though he has yet to see the house that his wife picked out for them. "I've heard it's nice." Leach said.
Bohls asked Leach when they would be ready to beat the Oregon and USC and win the Pac 12, to which Leach responded "It depends, during the season, if you ask me on a Sunday how we're going to do, I'd say I don't know if we can beat Pullman High. By Friday, I'm pretty sure we can beat the Giants."
Possibly the most "Leach" thing in the article is a brief note that Leach rode his bike 3 miles to his first interview with Washington State AD Bill Moos. On this day, we proclaim Mike Leach the most interesting man in college football.
The ball is now in your court Les!
Missouri seniors carry on conditioning tradition
Bright and early yesterday Mizzou players began the winter conditioning program, and all of the past seasons seniors showed up in a show of support...and some to rub it in a little bit.
It has become a tradition for seniors who have played their last down at Missouri to show up for the first day of conditioning as a show of support and reflection (the coffee and the breakfast in the video below were just to rub it in).
NCAA proposing rule changes
The NCAA is recommending a few rule changes for the upcoming season.
The proposed changes include:
All rules change recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which meets via conference call Feb. 21. The proposals will first be sent to the NCAA membership for comment.
These changes are all being proposed for immediate implementation for the 2012 season.
Arizona proposing beer sales at games
The state of Arizona looks to be taking a page out of the book of West Virginia as three state representatives are proposing selling beer at Arizona and Arizona State football games.
The proposed bill would provide a "pilot program to test the issue under the watch of the Arizona Board of Regents and in consultation with the department of liquor licenses and control." Proceeds would go to the athletic departments, all of which are exploring new revenue streams.
According to the Des Moines Register, twenty major universities sold beer to the general public during games this past season. That's twice the amount than the 2010 season.
Interestingly, West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck said that alcohol related incidents actually decreased 25-35 percent with the new beer sales at home games this season. Luck said that they profited about $750,000 from alcohol sales in their seven home contests.
Hell Week at Miss State
Matt Balis met with members of the media recently to talk about off season training and their version of the Navy Seals Hell Week.
Balis said that Hell Week isn't something that they implement in their first week, because there is no way that the athletes bodies would be prepared. Their version took place in week 3, after two weeks of off season conditioning.
One reporter even asked Balis to estimate how many gallons of vomit accumulated during Hell Week...Balis responded by saying that it was more about the mental challenges throughout the week than it was the physical aspect. Numerous team building activities, competitive cardio routines, and early morning wake ups (on top of their regular daily schedules) made the mental preparation just as important to the strength staff.
Balis says that they assign a strength coach to the early enrollees to help them get them get acclimated to their techniques and expectations early on in the process.