Posts Tagged 'college football'

TCU Horned Frogs not receiving support they deserve

TCU has three more games to win.

Three wins and it will be playing in a BCS bowl game. This is an exciting time around Fort Worth.

But here’s a question: Why don’t more fans come to the games? I’m not talking about the die-hard Frogs fans who show up for every game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. I see those folks every time I walk the sidelines. Or a Frogs alum like my friend, Bob, who works in Chicago but flew in to catch a home game this year.

Considering how big the Metroplex is, it’s amazing that TCU is only averaging 29,901 fans through five games. That’s still 14,000 empty seats. The players deserve better. Head coach Gary Patterson and his coaching staff want to see a full house.

“I can’t control the fans,” Patterson told me this year when asked about why fans don’t fill up the stadium.

It’s not like the Frogs are a one-year wonder. They have the seventh-best record in the nation over the last four seasons. When it comes to private schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only Pete Carroll’s USC Trojans have a better record since 2005.

The university has done its part. They have marketed the Frogs’ football program in newspapers, they put up billboards, they made player trading cards and placed posters all around town.

The game-day atmosphere inside and outside the stadium is first class. TCU has tried to play most of its games in the late afternoon or at night so families can conduct their Saturday activities and enjoy college football afterward.

On a Thursday night against then-ninth-ranked BYU in mid-October, 36,180 fans showed up. But the next week, only 30,103 attended for homecoming against Wyoming. TCU radio color analyst John Denton was pleading at halftime for Frogs fans hanging in the parking lot to come into the stadium and cheer on the team.

Don’t think officials from the Sugar Bowl who attended the game didn’t notice the size of the crowd in supposed “football crazy” Texas.

Patterson previously turned down head coaching offers at Iowa State and Minnesota. The next offer might lure him out of Fort Worth. There are coaching openings at Washington and Clemson with more surely to follow after the season. Patterson will be a hot candidate again. He has good reasons to remain at TCU, but attendance isn’t one of them. TCU plays in Las Vegas tonight against UNLV and then faces No. 10 Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday.

When Nov. 22 rolls around for the last home game against Air Force, fans need to fill up the stadium and show the head coach and his team that their efforts as a top team matter and are appreciated.

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Clemson Players Say Bowden Deserved Firing

Yep, you read the post right.  Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper said head coach Tommy Bowden deserved his pink slip, “It’s what he deserved,” Harper said.

The Tigers started off the season ranked 8th in the nation but got spanked by unranked Alabama in Atlanta by 24 points.

Bowden has been at Clemson ten years.  This season was supposed to produce at ACC title.  He didn’t and now he is gone, but had a few words to say.

Bottom line, he never won the ACC.  Wake Forest and Maryland went from league dogs to the ACC title while Bowden was at Clemson.  He never won a big game  say those who cover the team.

The Tigers are 3-3.  Bowden is just another coach who didn’t bring what Danny Ford did, a national tite.

Tide Is Rolling Again

St. Nick Saban is worth every penny.  Every last nickel.

Break out the Golden Flake potato chips because the Alabama Crimson Tide is legit.  I’m talking national championship legit after they went to Georgia and laid it on the 3rd ranked Bulldogs. 

 41-30 was the final score but it was 31-0 Bama at the half.   Bama is now 5-0.

The Birmingham News is getting on the St. Nick sled,

It wasn’t a funeral. Quite the opposite.

It was a rebirth.

Alabama welcomed thoughts of a national championship back into its world, as a once storied powerhouse took a monster step toward reclaiming a position among football’s elite.

The Most Overpaid Coach In College Football Is….

Kirk Ferentz of Iowa.

Sorry dude, Fobes Magazine did this to you.  Not me.

Charlie “The Fake Tuna” of Notre Dame was third on the list.

Forbes chopped up Ferentz pretty good:

The most overpaid coach is Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, who made $3.4 million last year despite lackluster results on the field, for a score of 71. Just how lopsided is Ferentz’s deal? During the last three years he’s pocketed $10 million, including a record $4.7 million in 2006, but has led the Hawkeyes to just a 19-18 record.

A coach’s base pay is usually just a small piece of his overall compensation package. Our salary figures include income guaranteed by their institutions from media and apparel deals, speaking fees and football camps. Since our pay totals are specific to last year, we include bonuses obtained during the 2007 season for reaching bowl games and attaining high national rankings.

And the most underpaid coach is Jim Tressel at Ohio State.  Mike Riley at Oregon State is second and Jim Grobe at Wake Forest comes in the third on that list.

The Big 12 Is QB Heaven

Great piece by one of the best in the business, Ivan Maisel, of ESPN.com on the signal callers in the Big 12.

Chase Daniel of Mizzou is a Heisman Trophy candidate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam Bradford of Oklahoma or Graham Harrell of Texas Tech ended up as the first team Big 12 quarterback. 

That means I’m leaving off Colt McCoy of Texas and Todd Reesing who lead Kansas to and Orange Bowl victory.

Good read.

Gene Stallings Son Passes At 46

Longtime Dallas Cowboys assistant coach and the last man to lead Alabama to a national title in college football, Gene Stallings,  has lost his son John Mark.  He was 46.

You may remember him from United Way spots as a young man.  John Mark had Down syndrome.

I feel so sad for Coach Stallings, a man should never have to bury his child.

Somebody Thinks Michigan Football Hired A Skunk

Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press thinks Michigan hired a man with no class, honor, or integrity in Rich Rodriguez.

After all, Richie Rod never met a job opening he didn’t like.

Once you read this column you may agree.