Groupon fallout and other links
BC released a ticket offering through Groupon and it set off the blogosphere and twitterverse. While there are multiple factors in the slow ticket sales, I still hold to my theory that the main issues are secondary ticket markets and a malaise around the program. But I am torn on the Groupon model as a solution. Other schools have done it, so imagine there is decent redemption rates. However, I also think it hurts BC in the long run because you are conditioning the market to wait on purchasing and conditioning the market to buy at a discount. I asked former Patriots Marketing VP and current BC professor Lou Imbriano his take and he made the point that it all depends on the end goal. I think the end goal is filling seats until the team improves, so Groupon makes sense for now. The Groupon stuff also sparked more BC to the Big East posts and tweets. Brian took that argument apart. Let me make this point clear, the Big East will not attract any current BCS teams to their conference. Legally and financially it will always make sense for the Big East football schools to leave the Big East and join another conference. That way they can split from the basketball schools cleanly. Even some ACC-Big East hybrid conference would carry the ACC's legacy and heritage just to avoid the Big East basketball schools.
Nate Richman thinks he will be ready by the Northwestern game.
Here is Chase Rettig talking to Heather Dinich. What I find interesting is that all the offensive players are saying the same things about Rogers: "disguising plays," "teaching players" and "being less predictable." These are things we'll all noticed long ago, yet it took two seasons to make a change.
Thomas Claiborne is hoping to make Tampa's roster.