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You are LOUISIANA TECH. Just take the bid....and the $1.1 million payout.
Louisiana Tech will not play in a bowl game this season after finishing 9-3 and turning down an invitation to play in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, a source told ESPN.
Maybe they think they have too much money or something... and I can't blame them for not caring to say "Hey, we're going to the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl!". Terrible name, pointless bowl.
Well, now they get nothing.
You get nothing, you lose, good day sir!
Well, it's not a big loss. There are way too many bowls anyway, we need to lose about 15 of them.
Agreed. I was just admiring the dumbassery at La Tech.
A million bucks is a million bucks, Id take it. More importantly though, as we all know, the extra practice and the swag bags are a nice reward for the kids. Dumb move LaTech
Oh, don't get me wrong, they should've accepted the invite, take the money and get the additional month of practice (or couple weeks, whatever it would've been).
Maybe they thought it was below them since they played the SEC tough this year......
I totally agree, but on the flip side, if they eliminate some of these bowl games, and have only lets say 32 teams make the bowl games, do you think this will hurt scheduling???? Thinking most of these smaller schools or mid-tier schools will stop scheduling tougher opponents so they can have that 7-5 or 8-4 season. Don't you think it will trickle down like how Seck does it - "we don't need to schedule tough OOC games, because we play in the toughest conference". Same with these other schools, play 1-2 Div 1 AA teams, plus another crappy team, and add maybe 1 bottom feeder BCS team. That's almost guarantee 4 wins already, plus squeak out 3 wins in the conference and you are 7-5. Is that bowl game material?????
What should be the cut off to a bowl game????
I say forget about all the bowl game ties with the conferences and match teams up by rankings. Now having 6 top bowl games (former BCS bowls) that's 12 teams. 4 will be playing in playoff, the 8 have to qualify. So if you win your conference, you are locked in, but not neccessarily slotted into the major bowl games. Depending on your ranking. Ex: Wisky - NR won the B1G qualifies for the B1G champ but doesn't mean they have to go to the Rose bowl.
La Tech played musical chairs one note too long. They got greedy and the college football money grab came back to bite them in the ass. They're the girl who has been asked to the prom but puts the boy on hold hoping for a better offer; once she discovers it isn't coming, it's too late--the first boy's moved on and asked someone else and she's got nothing. She ends up spending the night at home with her parents playing Parcheesi.
I agree there are too many bowls, while the smaller schools really need them. ULL, ULM, Ohio, Ball State, etc. depend on these smaller bowls and their schools use the money from them. These are ways to get these schools recruiting better, improve their facilities, coaching, and put money into the other sports that do not make much money. Remember it is all about the $$$$, to include these bowls are making it or they would not be having them. I agree the match-ups are getting worse but I do not expect them to go away until the money does. I went to the Music City Bowl in Nashville one year due to free tickets. Stadium was not even half full, but it is still going on so even at that attendance they made money. Business in Nashville was up that night, so all in all a plus for schools and cities they are being held. I think too many people are too concerned about what each individual wants to see, while if you are a fan of ULL or ULM, you are more than happy to watch the game.....even if it is what I refer to as the many toilet bowls!
Makes you wonder if the AD was getting some feedback from other bowls that made them believe they had a shot at a better bowl. Really unfortunate for the players.
I agree the smaller schools need bowls. They need them as incentives for recruiting. I don't know, though, that after they cover their expenses anyone's making a money. It's a reward that comes with winning but no one's going to be overjoyed about playing in Detroit or Boise. But that doesn't mean they're aren't too many of them. Just don't know how you legislate them down, especially when you have corporate sponsors willing to pay money to slap their name on it and a city willing to host it.
Gildan, which hosts the "Gildan New Mexico Bowl," is a shirt manufacturer. Look at the labels of the shirts hanging in you closet. Odds are one has the Gildan name sewn into it.
Then there's the "Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman." Now there's a not-too-subtle way an aircraft manufacturer can show its "appreciation" of our armed services, not to mention a boondoggle it gets to host to entertain all kinds of government luminaries.
La Tech's AD, Bruce Van De Velde, was the AD at Iowa State from 2000 until he resigned in 2005. His watch covered one of the darkest chapters in ISU sports history that included the Larry Eustachy scandal plus cutting baseball and a handful of other sports even though he'd increased athletic department revenue. He's always been a day late and a dollar short.
I am a Louisiana Tech alumni. and this is definitely a dark day for them. They worked so hard to get where they were with a 9-3 record and to have it all pissed away really angers most people in Ruston Louisiana. BVDV is not a real good AD by any stretch of the imagination. We had a lot of things going on. Tech had just played Texas A&M in Shreveport earlier this year. I don't have a problem with looking at options at other places to go bowling. But the Liberty Bowl had Tech pegged to come there and then pulled the plug and went with Iowa State because of wanting to be in good graces with the Big 12. So they are the ones that really left Tech outside looking in, in my opinion. My daughter is a senior at Tech. All she wanted for Christmas was bowl tickets. Guess Santa will have to find something else for her since the Bucks and Bulldogs will be watching this year's bowl games. I hate it for the 31 seniors on the Tech team. They deserved better than what they got. We have a lame duck president who is retiring in June and a new president coming in. A coach that is looking to interview for any job that will invite him to and an AD that needs to go to Michigan and help them run their athletic program. Just a lot to handle here right now.
Actually, schools routinely LOSE money by going to bowl games. Do an internet search on 'bowl teams lose money' and you'll find article after article about this subject. I picked out a few that I found. One is from a few years back, but it's mostly about how future Big Ten member Rutgers lost money going to the St. Petersberg Bowl. And I found another from this year talking about how current Big Ten member Minnesota might have gotten more money from the conference by staying home last year than they will for playing in a bowl this year. As the first article says, bowls aren't about making money. They're about getting exposure for the teams and their conferences and using them as a recruiting tool.
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I realize sometimes money is lost, while if not for these bowls, where would Northern Illinois be? Bet the money from those little bowls helped to some degree. Like you said recruiting and the team members get free stuff so wins all around. Generally I think they break even and sometimes might lose money. I do not think this is generally the case unless you are traveling a good distance (requiring flights for all), which is generally the case if you are in Minnesota.
What I meant about the money is those holding the bowls are making it, or why would they continue to do it? Advertising for the sponsor, hotels for the city it is held, etc. Maybe the schools are breaking even, while even at breaking even they are winning with recruiting, etc. I do not like Northern Illinois going to a BCS game but how much money will they make because they were able to out recruit Ohio, Kent State, etc? It has to start somewhere and this is why I do not want to lose the little bowls. I am not a big fan of thembut feel they help programs build better football. Now if Minnesota, Indiana, and Purdue would start the process it would help the B1G.
hmmmm, I just had a flashback of Gene Smith and his "wisdom" concerning our penalties.
Brady Hoke licked the pizza boy's taint to get the scUM job.
Louisiana Tech. Isn't that an oxymoron?
"Show me a gracious loser, and I'll show you a bus boy."—Woody Hayes
They needed more than 1.1 mil. to replace all of the washboards and spoons that were being stolen from the music department's band instrument room.
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