Monday, March 27, 2017

Rutgers willing to lose money to play BC instead of Miami

I don't know if coaches use scheduling information as bulletin board material, but BC now has an interesting bit of motivation when playing Rutgers. The Big Ten school willingly cancelled their series with Miami (the buyout was $100,000) to play BC instead. There is no way to justify this for Rutgers other than they view the BC series as winnable and didn't have the same confidence in their ability to beat Miami.

Aside from the cancellation penalty, Rutgers might be losing a bit more. Because Miami and BC are both in the ACC, we know the TV money is equal. Miami doesn't sell out many games but their attendance was much better than BC's this year. Their ticket revenue has to be better, so that is less money in Rutgers' pocket. Plus Rutgers has focused on recruiting south Florida. One less appearance there doesn't help their Florida recruiting. Even with the potential higher charter flight costs, it doesn't make sense for Rutgers to pay to get out of its Miami series.

I guess it is only fair to be cynical about this sort of scheduling since BC did everything it could to pick the least intimidating Power 5 teams around. In my opinion both schools are being short sighted. There is a way to schedule smart but there are football and financial reasons to challenge yourself. Rutgers clearly doesn't think that way.

12 comments:

eagletix said...

Wouldn't one obvious reason you didn't mention is as part of a recruiting tool? Rutgers I'm sure hasn't abondoned the greater NJ market in favor of South Florida, and if they establish dominance over BC on the field, it has to help out recruit BC.

mod34b said...

who knows the real reasons, but now that Miami and Coach Richt have an open spot in 2018, they may be able to schedule a Georgia v Miami game. That would be a big ratings game. It may be ESPN seeking a better rating game that drives this move....

JBQ said...

Is this an indictment or what? Rutgers feels that BC is a patsy and that Miami is a challenge that is too great for them to handle. This is a "slap in the face" and the Dazzler will just continue to cash his checks for 2.6 while the administration goes through the motions of making BC competitive. -----------John Fish is the CEO of Suffolk Construction which is on the Forbes list for the top 200. Father Leahy has a successful track record. This can't be malfeasance. So, what is it? Could the Patriot League be in the offing? There is surely (Don't call me Shirley) something evil and politically correct going on behind the scenes. ----------It reminds me of what happened at DePaul after Joey Meyer was canned and actually rightfully so. His dad Ray took DePaul with Mark Aquirre to the Final Four in 1979. They played Indiana State and Larry Bird. -----------The powers that be wanted Bird vs. Magic and DePaul was cheated against Indiana State (76-74). Bird was then clobbered by Magic. DePaul could have won.-------In the aftermath, Ray retired and Joey took his spot. The powers that be at DePaul wanted him gone and they had hired a woman A.D. who wanted to improve women's basketball. She sabotaged the men's program and got her husband a high paying job running facilities. They have been terrible ever since. However, the women have had spurts where they have been great.----------You can smell it. There is something really evil going on with the football program. The three year extension was approved by two individuals (Fish, Leahy) who are economically astute. The program is sliding into irrelevancy.-------This act by Rutgers is just one more sign.

Georgia Eagle said...

JBQ, my dear. I don't know if I can buy into your conspiracy theory. More likely we are just dealing with gross incompetence.

Bravesbill said...

JBQ, weren't you just advocating for Fish to become the new BC AD?

Guido said...

Sorry for bringing in a new subject , but the best player on the women's basketball program appears to be leaving the team. BCI said that more details would be forthcoming , but she is not listed on the roster for next year according to the website. It is probably due to the losing seasons 15-16 and this year 9-21. Mariella Fasoula will be a huge loss to a struggling program according to BCI.

JBQ said...

@Georgia Eagle: I was hoping that it wasn't incompetence because the situation is so dire.

JBQ said...

@Bravesbill: From news on this site, Fish is leaving as Chair of the Board. It's becoming like the early days of the New York Mets. Casey Stengel once remarked "Can't anybody play this game"? It appears that Marvelous Marv Throneberry, first baseman, is now coaching football at BC.

JBQ said...

@Guido: Good point. It looks like the cancer is spreading. If it wasn't for the Duke of York, who can imagine how bad it could get?

Bravesbill said...

JBQ--That's good news. But how do you square the fact that he was one of the individuals who screwed the pooch and approved these extensions with the fact that you were pushing to have him named the new AD?

CT said...

I think Christian Suntrup should be AD when Bates is out at the dentist and Jill What's Her Name is in charge fixing Final Four games with players the NBA just knew would transform the league.

John said...

Too funny, CT.