Bates signs future deal with Ohio State
A week and a half ago I wrote BC should schedule Ohio State. On Wednesday BC's new AD Brad Bates announced that he signed a deal with Ohio State. As much as I would like to say I knew something was in the works or that I had sent out vibes like some "The Secret" devotee, it is really just coincidence that it worked out. In fact, the driver of my earlier post was BC's hole in the 2013 schedule (which Bates still needs to address). But this is exciting and positive news for BC Football. Although the the home and home series won't begin until 2020, there are multiple benefits to signing and announcing the deal now.
Considering he's only been on the job two weeks, this is a pretty bold statement from our new AD. The game is a long way off, but the deal still sends a message that Bates wants BC to be relevant on a national scene and understands that our fanbase needs some excitement. It also shows that he's planning around future years where we won't play Notre Dame annually. Because of the ACC-Notre Dame rotation, BC will only face the Irish six out of ten years. It makes sense to use the non-Notre Dame years as a chance to schedule other traditional powers.
But there is a huge benefit to the program by signing this distant deal. It allows BC coaches for the next seven years to sell BC-Ohio State to Ohio kids. Even for the recruits who will graduate before we even step into the Horse Shoe, this will be a selling point. A new coach can say our AD is committed to big plans and big ideas and point to this game.
Odds say that our next BC Head Coach, won't be the Head Coach in 2020. But I hope he leaves BC in a place that we are ready for the Buckeyes. I also hope that this is just a small sign of Bates big thinking.