Friday Night's Alright for Football

By Johnny Ginter on February 28, 2014 at 2:30p
55 Comments

People are resistant to change. I get that. Just because I grew up in the 90s, look pretty nerdy, and will never, ever shut up about the Simpsons being the absolute zenith of cultural satire since Mark Twain, people expect me to be the opposite of the grumbly luddite that I am. No I will not fix your computer, and not because I don't like you, it's because I assume that they all run on a combination of black magic and children's prayers to God.

While I am reluctant to admit it, however, change is often good. I may frown and cross my arms because dammit, I'm used to an oily tomato afterbirth coming from my ketchup bottle before I use it, and any attempts to rectify that will be met with angry letters ending with "I am not a crackpot" (seriously, the Simpsons were so good). But then Heinz implements NASA technology on their bottles, their ketchup is less messy, and I slowly realize that okay yeah, maybe the new bottle cap was a solid move.

I suspect that a smart guy like Jim Delany may feel and react the same way to the idea of Friday night football games in the Big Ten. And about a billion other changes to Big Ten football, but let's start there.

CHICAGO -- Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends.

"Beyond that, I don't think while I'm around here you're going to see Friday night games," he said. "Down the road? Who knows?"

Delany also addressed the ideas of age restrictions in the NFL and player's unions in college football, but since it's Friday we'll stick with the topic du jour.

First, I think part of the reason that there's a decent amount of pushback on Friday games is that in football-heavy states with both big time collegiate and NFL teams like Ohio, Texas, California, and Florida, there's a natural progression during football season that people are reluctant to disrupt. High school on Friday, college ball on Saturday, and NFL on Sunday. It's easy, and gives people a decent idea of when things are going to be on and how to prepare for them.

And I like that! There's nothing wrong with a little consistency in life, as long as there isn't a better alternative. But given the current state of college football attendance (as reported by ESPN), a method that worked in 1958 might need a bit of tweaking in 2014.

Here's another quote from that ESPN article, which is especially fun because it makes Michigan look bad:

This year, the University of Michigan drew the most fans of any school for the 16th year in a row. But 26 percent of students who paid for their tickets didn't show up at an average home game this season. That's an increase from 25 percent last year and 21 percent in 2011.

It's easy (and fun) to imply that this is because Michigan students are apathetic, past husks that shamble around their Ann Arbor campus waiting for someone to tell them to jingle their keys, but unfortunately the truth is probably a little more complicated.

A lack of marquee games, rising ticket prices, bad weather, and a lack of modern facilities can all be part of this equation, and while schools like Ohio State might have the advantage of having fans that feed on hatred and the psychic torment of their opponents both big and small, other Big Ten schools do not necessarily have fans with the same kind of passion.

Eventually Jim Delany and the Big Ten at large is going to have to realize that Friday night games, despite how weird they may initially look, are not an anathema to college football. They enhance it, especially for a younger generation of fans that are more interested in seeing something new than trying to maintain traditions that were established fifty or more years before they were born.

If football, particularly college and high school football, is truly in danger of becoming outmoded and less popular as a live event, then it needs to change. Adding Friday night games is about the smallest possible change that Delany and company could make in that regard, and I hope that they can have the same kind of foresight about something as simple changing the timing of their games as they did about something as complex as creating their own sports channel.

Football is fun. Fridays are fun. I'm not a math guy by any means, but this doesn't seem to be particularly complicated.

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millertime2011's picture

I disagree, respectfully, of course. What we need is more saturday night games. My biggest problem with Friday games isn't that it's not how it's "supposed" to be, but rather that it would be bad for recruiting. Big time high school programs have games Friday nights, for the most part. This means that the recruits won't be able attend these college games. Recruiting-wise, a Saturday game at noon that the recruit can actually go to is better than a friday night game that the recruit won't even be able to see live on TV because of their own game.

+17 HS
Furious George 27's picture

I agree and disagree... I agree most recruits are busy with their games on Fridays to visit. However, the selling point woud be when you are in school you will the only CFB action on in the nation which is good for exposure and if they replace a couple noon games that nobody is watching anyways it couldn't hurt either. Thursday night CFB got so big that the NFL decided to get in on the action full time. Friday night games are not for marquee games, but if you had PU/IU on a Friday night you probably have more people watching than noon Saturday.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
Phoenix824's picture

I agree it could be good for 2nd tier teams in the BIG the Purdue/Indiana match up would be a good one to have when the game could be highlighted.     I would think the BIG would want to put it in a Thursday rather than a Friday but it would be a good way to get national exposure for 2nd tier programs.    OSU or TTUN have no business playing in anything other than a Saturday game unless it is a bowl like neutral field game to start the season.  

Bugsyk's picture

Less about tradition, more about money, recruiting, and the like.  5 star recruits are playing on Friday nights.  Rich Alumni are working on Friday nights.  Saturday prime time is where the money is.  Rutgers and Maryland are merely new markets with deep pockets.

Doc's picture

Like I said in the Buckshot earlier in the week.  The out of town fan can not, will not be able to make it to a Friday night game.  Logistics makes it too difficult.  Saturday night, Great, just not Friday.

"Say my name."

+11 HS
d1145fresh's picture

I too mentioned this in the Buckshot. But on top of this, I live about 5 minutes from Ohio Stadium and think it would be a struggle to get to a 7:30 kickoff. Between leaving work around 5:00, fighting the traffic home then fighting the traffic to the stadium I would be lucky to get to the stadium before 7. So not only would out of town opponents struggle but actually people who live in Columbus would be difficult to get into a game by kickoff.

+5 HS
Furious George 27's picture

As long as teams like OSU play no more than 1 Friday night game, this would be no different than when they played Marshall on a Thursday night several years ago. As long as scedules are known in advance the logistics will work itself out

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
d1145fresh's picture

While I somewhat agree that weekday games work themselves out in certain circumstances, there is a big difference between Thursday and Friday. Thursday you are not going to have a lot of other activities going on as you will on Friday (i.e. other high school games) that normal football fans are going to be participating in. I simply think smaller conferences should use Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday for games to help boost their programs; Friday should be kept for high school; Saturday for college and Sunday for NFL. To each their own I suppose but as I am about to leave my office in Columbus I already know I have about a 30 minute commute and that is without 100,000 people driving into my neighborhood.

+3 HS
Furious George 27's picture

I am not disagreeing with you, but not every HS outside of Ohio plays on Friday nights and there are more than enough OSU fans not invested in HS football to fill the shoe.  Big picture wise, Friday night games would be good for the bottom teams in the B1G that need some sort of exposure. All I ask is that OSU is only tied into playing 1 Friday game being the non-conf cupcake. I can trade 1 Friday night if that means it boosts recruiting for the likes of IU, MD and Rutgers, we don't need the help they do.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-2 HS
OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Im not such a fan of Friday college games, I always wished that the B1G would play some November games at night...like bring LSU or Texas...whoever up here in the 10 degree temps with 15 MPH winds gusting to 30 at times with a light snow going on.

Thats real football, not sunny and 75 every game

UFM_Renewal

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NW Buckeye's picture

Sorry, Johnny.  Friday night games are just a bad idea.  Right now, Friday night games belong to HS football.  And, HS football needs to be successful for college football to survive.  Not only does it provide the players for the college teams, it more importantly creates passionate football fans as they patronize their local HS teams. 

Add to that the recruiting benefits of not interfering with HS games and anyone with basic math skills can see that encroaching on their night to shine is just a bad idea.  To begin with, as posted above, HS athletes are not going to be able to get away to attend a Friday night game, let alone be able to watch it live on TV.  FNGs are a bad idea for the prospects.  And, all the college coaches are free right now to go and scout Friday night HS games.  Heck, Urban is a frequent spectator at Friday night lights.  And that makes a huge impact on whomever he is scouting.  FNGs are a bad idea for the coaches.  

Change can have a positive impact on many things, but change just for the sake of change can be a terrible idea.  There are many things that can be done to enhance the college football experience - playing college games on Friday night is not one of them. 

+6 HS
VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

I'm not looking for more Friday night games, I would just like the Thursday night match-ups to improve.  I thought last season, they were lacking for exciting, high energy games.  I'm not saying they were all bad, but just seemed to lack the excitement, at least from my view-point, this season.

+1 HS
Nutinpa's picture

I agree with this.  Thursday night has been pretty much relegated to watching BYU and Boise State....games most CF fans really have had their fill of in the past couple of seasons. I'd rather watch a good MAC vs. B1G match up than a Mountain West game.  And turnabout is fair play. People in other geographies will want to watch their teams on a Thursday night   A little bit of variety would be nice.  Last year's Thursday night games were awful.

BoFuquel's picture

I'm for anything that gets more games at night. Nooners must be outlawed forever. if your game isn't in prime time you are irrelevant. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

route4buckeye's picture

So we were irrelevant 8/14 games?

+2 HS
N8thegr8's picture

Wholeheartedly disagree. No more to be said! 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

+2 HS
nburns18's picture

High school football is too big in Ohio to be having friday night games. Lets just add more saturday night games. I feel like Conference USA and MAC schools play on friday because thats the only time theyll get on tv

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

+3 HS
Meaty19's picture

Many of the fans from my community are out every Friday night supporting their local community. I am all for more evening and night games on Saturday though!

+1 HS
sonofsarek's picture

1) the average fan doesn't care about high school football.  

2) if you get off work at 5 and the game starts at 8, you should be able to make the game unless you live in Ashtabula. 

3) what percent of fans travel from outside the CMH area?  15%?   It is not a huge number.  

 

 

-1 HS
Whoa Nellie's picture

Have to disagree on this.

1.  HS football is well-attended.  It is well-attended by parents and families of future college players, including Buckeyes.  It is played by future college players, including Buckeyes.  If you take away the opportunity for these people to see the Buckeyes play, because they can't be in their HS stadium and watching the Bucks, you are hurting some of the most important elements of Buckeye football, past, present and future.  Think also about the effect this would have on many local economies that need those Friday night dollars.

2.  Given traffic on Friday evening, making arrangements for the kids, the need to have a meal, and the desire of many fans to enjoy pregame festivities, you're talking about half a day.  And, while we're on the subject of kids, adult Bucks' fans/parents may think twice about leaving their kids to their own devices on Friday nights, while the adults go to the Bucks' games, in person or at a watering hole.

3.  This figure is no doubt known to the university.  I think you'd be surprised at how many fans travel to Columbus from outside Franklin County.  Even if your number is correct, 20,000 seats will put a dent in attendance.

There are a lot of good reasons for maintaining the current schedules.  The only reason being advance for change seems to be it's something new.  Ooh, shiny thing.  IMO, that's not good enough.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

+4 HS
cplunk's picture

HS football kids- the ones we're trying to recruit- attend HS football games. That means they aren't watching any Friday night games.

TMac's picture

Could not DISAGREE more - Friday nights are for HS football, and traditions are a huge part of what makes CFB better than the NFL. More games 3:30 or later on Saturday would be great.  And/or have IU v Purdue and the like on a Wednesday night and give Noon to the MAC. 

 

+3 HS
jenks's picture

As others have said, Friday is for HS.

The converse also bugs me... that is, HS that play on Saturdays. I think this is big in Texas, and with some Catholic schools in Ohio. Ignatius does it in Cleveland and it drives me nuts.

+2 HS
MichaelJ721984's picture

I think Iggy does it due to lack of a home stadium. May be wrong though but that's what I always assumed seeing as how they do have a lot of Saturday games it seems.

jenks's picture

It is, you're right. But I think it also goes a lot deeper than that. They have the money to build a stadium and there's room in Ohio City, but then it brings up issues of parking and the homeowners in the area. My feelings have always been that if they wanted to play on Friday nights, they could make it happen.

cronimi's picture

Pardon the FJM-style response--

A lack of marquee games, rising ticket prices, bad weather, and a lack of modern facilities can all be part of this equation

None of these issues would be solved by Friday night B1G games -- unless Delany starts putting Sparty-*ichigan or Ohio State-Penn State on Friday at 8pm. But I don't see (and don't want to see) that happening.

They enhance it, especially for a younger generation of fans that are more interested in seeing something new than trying to maintain traditions that were established fifty or more years before they were born.

New solely for the sake of being new is just plain stupid. You know what else would be new and different?? Games played on Wednesdays at 2am. But you know what would be absolutely stupid?? Games played on Wednesdays at 2am. Playing on Saturday is not about "tradition", it's about what works. And Friday night just doesn't work.

Now get off my lawn!!

+5 HS
hspbuy1's picture

I agree with the majority, Fridays are for HS football. I live over 2hrs from Columbus & I personally wouldn't give up my hometown experience to watch the Bucks on the tube.

hspbuy1

+3 HS
cplunk's picture

In the minds of the majority of college football fans, Saturday is the day for football. Due to time zones, the PAC-12 generally plays late. This means that the daytime has three major conferences (B1G, SEC, B12) and one semi-major (ACC). Taking a B1G game or two off the Saturday schedule cedes a game slot to the SEC or B12. Worse, with Florida State's resurgence, would be ceding a slot on game day to the rising ACC right as perception of the B1G is lowest. More games for other conferences on game day is an awful idea.

Add to that the fact that B1G perception is at an all-time low. Our response to that should not be to move games to nights traditionally filled with minor conference games. Weekday games simply reinforce the perception that the B1G is on its way down.

I'm not opposed to change, but this is a horrible idea.

+6 HS
buckeyedude's picture

No. Worst idea I've heard of for CFB. Worse than the 8-sec Bert delay.

 

 

+2 HS
cuttyrock's picture

Lower tier teams should play on Thursday or Friday. BIG ten needs to evolve and get more exposure asap. Purdue, Indy, Minny, Illini, Rutgers, and even Iowa could all benefit. I've seen some kids look at a school because they were on TV when no one else was. It's big to kids and that's more exposure which is good for the conference. Perennial cellar dwellers could gain a lot from this. No way BIG Ten schools should be ranked lower in recruiting than most of MAC schools. Shaking my head in disbelief at some of these rankings.

CC's picture

Big time college football is played on Saturdays.  OSU is big time.  I don't have any interest in Friday night games.

Logistically there is no way any of us who are coming west can make it.

+3 HS
JLP36's picture

Change is neither good nor bad, specific changes are good or bad.  Friday college football is a bad idea.  It is for schools like UConn that cannot get anyone to pay attention to them otherwise.  It is not going to help draw in a sizable number of additional fans, but it is going to suck them out of high school football stadiums like a vacuum.  Those $6 HS tickets pay for programs.  Plus WTF is better than a football Saturday in the fall.  No.  Sucks.

JLP36

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

An OSU home game on Friday night will make all the high schools in Central Ohio play on Saturday night. High school football crowds will be almost nonexistent if the Buckeyes have a home game on Friday night.

+1 HS
buckskin's picture

This would be a bad idea, at least for our state.  Many of us are passionate about high school football, from the bright lights of the city to the fields out in the middle of the country.  Most are well attended and during the fall, it's the biggest thing going.  When our team finally made it to the state finals, there was a sign up at the county line reading "last one out of the county, turn out the lights." 

Then comes Saturday morning and it's like a switch, everything is college.  From the morning to the late night, it's all about college.  I would want more Saturday night games though. 

I would not want to choose between my high school game and OSU; one would definitely suffer.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Maybe one game every other season on a Friday night to garner a little extra TV attention and have a little different atmosphere would be OK.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Qujo's picture

No, No, No, No. Leave Friday to HS games. If you need to play on another day there already is Thursday night games. What exactly does having a Friday night game do to elevate attendance at Meatchicken? I don't see the connection to that change? Winning marque games will bring the students back to Meatchicken regardless of what night it is on. Also a lot of people work. And a lot of people who attends the games don't live in C-Bus, so someone from Dayton probably wouldn't be inclined to bust their ass to get to C-Bus on a Friday night game where they would on a Saturday game. Also all the pomp and circumstance of the Saturday event is lost on Friday night. Very few people would be able to make it to thier favorite watering holes, skull sessions, etc. 

so if fewer fans would be able to make it, all typical Saturday traditions are lost and hanging out with the boys for a few beers after the game would not be as likely due to travel back home at 10:30 at night, I don't quite get the need for Friday night games. Besides OSU is a national program, top 5 recruiting classes, what additional exposure if any will it help OSU? 

No, No, No, No!!!

"Tough times don't last, tough people do" - Gregory Peck

Furious George 27's picture

I don't understand why people are using HS football as an excuse or that it's impossible to plan or attend a game at OSU on Friday night? For you it may be an issue, but for most it's not and a game has been played on a Thursday in the past which would be more of a hassle but seemed to sell out. And while you hold up HS football there are many fans with young kids locked into sports on Saturdays as well that can't make noon games this opens up opportunities for people to make these games. I'll take a OSU/ kent Friday night if that means the rest of the league fills the season. If this is what the bottom tier teams need to boost recruiting then so be it. We can't complain about league strength and then axe an idea that may help the lower teams get more competitive. As long as OSU is obligated to only 1 insignificant game a year like FAMU I think we can survive if the end result is strengthening the league top to bottom. This is about 13 other teams of which 8 need a lot of help.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Call me old school, but I'd prefer Saturday night football.  Also it makes it easier on us who have to travel up on a weekend for a game.

Go Bucks!!

+1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

I love Saturday night games. I don't think people understand that a Friday night game opens up opportunities for other fans that cannot make a Saturday game because of work etc. for a long time I worked till 4 on Saturdays that meant I missed most noon games. So while a lot of fans may be inconvenienced by a Friday game, this would be a great opportunity for the great fans that do not have the traditional work schedule to attend. Sometimes we look at what this does to me rather than what it can do for others in a good way.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
krodawg's picture

I don’t consider myself a homer traditionalist in any sense and, even at my age, I adapt well to change. But please, keep Friday nights for the high school kids. It’s their night, not the “random fan’s”.

This year, the University of Michigan drew the most fans of any school for the 16th year in a row. But 26 percent of students who paid for their tickets didn't show up at an average home game this season. That's an increase from 25 percent last year and 21 percent in 2011.

TTNU students not showing up to games speaks more to the apathy around their program then it does to Saturday games being the issue. It's the game day product, not the day, IMO.

We didn't win the proposal we submitted last Tues. If only we delivered it on Weds instead. DAMMIT!!

+1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Please explain random fan? Believe it or not most fans do not have a stake in HS football unless they are parents, family or HS students. Trust me the HS players are not losing the fan attendance from their games if this ever happened. I am trying to understand why people think HS football is going to suffer it has it's built in fan base from the group I mentioned it will be fine and the players will be ok. 

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Disagree.  There are plenty of football fans in the stands at high school games who are not family members of players.  Given a choice, or shall I say, made to choose between going to the HS game or heading to a sports bar to watch the Buckeyes, the HS game will lose.
 

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

Furious George 27's picture

So basically what you are saying is that those people only show up because there is nothing better to do on a Friday night. So does that really make them HS sports fans? Still assuming that OSU is only obligated to 1 game I am pretty sure HS football will make it the 1 game the fans that have nothing better to do who don't show up due to OSU being on.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

Whoa Nellie's picture

I'm just saying they're football fans.  I don't know what the other poster meant by "random football fans", but this is who I think of.  They're football fans and they'll watch whatever game is being played.  Buckeyes will always trump the HS game.  That's why I think it'll hurt.

I understand the talk right now is one game.  Of course, one game is not going to kill anyone.  Just don't think the league will control itself and keep its mitts off.  And, if it's Buckeyes one Friday, MSU another, ^ichigan another, and so forth, there will be no more Friday Night Lights.  Saddens me.

PS: not my DV;s, BTW.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

krodawg's picture

Random versus die hard. Some (most?) die hards would miss their own wedding if the Bucks were playing. The interest in HS football is growing as evidenced by the games now being televised on a weekly basis, the upward trend of interest in recruiting and the $60MM HS now-crumbling-stadium in Texas. Hell, I'm a casual fan raised in Cleveland now living in Raleigh without any kids in HS. Yet, several of us from the neighborhood find ourselves at local HS games on a Friday night. It's football man! 

I'm not saying the Shoe wouldn't fill up, Buckeye football is a religion. That isn’t my point. My point is TTUN won't fix the current apathy around their program by scheduling a Friday night game. That's akin me putting a poster of Farrah over the hole I punched in my bedroom wall as a kid.  Guess what, Dad still found the hole.

There’s also the notion of maintaing respect for the kids. We're inundated with content around college and pro ball every.single.day-- let the kids keep the spotlight for one night out of the week.

+1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Nothing of what I said was in regards soley to OSU and TTUN football, I am merely stating that people are using HS football as an excuse to say that a Friday B1G game would be bad.  If a Friday night game meant PU and other lower tier teams got better exposure which gave them a boost in recruiting and that in turns leads them to putting a better team on the field and leads to a stronger conference as a whole I am all for that. We cannot sit there an complain about other teams not getting betting and not be open to a tool that could help them get better. What needs to be laid out is what is expected from the top tier teams and to that I say 1 non con insignificant game would be fine unless you think that OSU/FAMU is a must stay at home game to watch? As far as respect for kids, playing sports is a privilege they should be grateful. Respect is something they earn by their actions off the field. Once Again bigger picture wise there are 13 teams not named OSU, of which 8 could greatly benefit. Also bear in mind that not all states and all Ohio schools play on Fridays either. I do not believe the 1 Friday your B1G team plays in a season is crippling HS football in your state for that night and hurting any kids' feelings in the process and would probably not even notice.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
krodawg's picture

Not an excuse, rather my personal opinion on the matter.

that people are using HS football as an excuse to say that a Friday B1G game would be bad.

My premise is this tool will not have a significant impact on the overall product. Investment in coaching and balls-to-the-wall recruiting will have a far more greater impact than a Friday night game. What recruit isn't aware that Purdue fields a football team?

We cannot sit there an complain about other teams not getting betting and not be open to a tool that could help them get better. 

EDIT: TTUN was mentioned as reference to the OP. 

-1 HS
Furious George 27's picture

Currently PU is doing shitty at recruiting so are you sure recruits are aware they have a football team? Point is that being the only game in the nation might get them a few more recruits who see this as a spotlight for them rather than being a game that you flip through because no one cares because there's dozens of other games to choose from on noon Saturdays. Btw you cannot say HS football will suffer when you do not have any evidence to support your statement that they need the random fan to show up. The HS die hards will show up the thousands that support the local team will be there. I am talking about the millions of fans that don't care that never supported HS football 

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
krodawg's picture

I'm not claiming HS ball will suffer. My opinion is that the uptick in perceived advantage to recruiting wouldn't amount to much, based on adding a Friday night game. Let the HS kids in the Midwest keep the Friday night spotlight.

 

NW Buckeye's picture

Exactly, Krodawg!  The point about FNG's is not OSU competing against HS games, it is about College Football competing against HS games.  Like it or not, 99.999% of the participants in college football come from the HS ranks.  And, the only way they continue playing in HS is if the schools themselves can afford to field the teams - and a major part of their revenue comes from attendance at Friday night games.  It is just a stupid idea to interfere with attendance at Friday night HS games by offering major college football games on Friday nights.  

Ohio State can fill most any stadium whenever the game would be scheduled.  But, Universities with poor attendance are not going to magically fill their stadiums by playing on Friday nights.  Make no mistake about it, this move is driven by the networks because they believe they can get people to sit on their butts in front of the tube on Friday nights instead of doing other things, like attending local HS games.  But the net effect of that could be a cancer to the sport as it could make many HSs look at the viability of fielding their teams in the first place. 

People need to look at the big picture instead of just what would please themselves at any moment.  HS football needs to thrive across the country (not just in your backyard) if college football is to continue it's popularity. 

Furious George 27's picture

Good god! HS football is not going to die because 1 game is played on a Friday so those assumptions are just stupid because many HS play games are played on Saturdays and I believe every major conference plays on Saturday correct? You are trying to pull out an unknown variable to support an argument. Unless you know exactly how many random fans show up because there is nothing better to do on a Friday night you cannot use it as an excuse. For all we know it could be less than 10 people that show that do not have a direct invested stake in HS football. Unless you have facts you cannot assume this will or will not be bad. Fact is if you're the only cfb game in Friday it creates exposure and and that is good. I couldn't care two shits about a HS game in NC and vice versa they probably wouldn't  care if PU played on a Friday night to not go to their HS games. So unless you have a concrete # that HS football is being supported by random walk ins I will still consider it a weak excuse. Stop placing it on a pedestal that has to be protected, the last I remembered the parents did most of the funding with the levies that always need to be passed

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

-1 HS
krodawg's picture

Breathe deep my man. I guess you won't be joining me for a Friday night slate of Milbrooke v. Leesvillle. It's all good.

PU will suck until they decide to invest in the program and increase the recruiting effort. A televised Friday night game won't change that.

MichaelJ721984's picture

Michigan would still suck on Friday nights.

Furious George 27's picture

That and any day that ends in a "Y."

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

+1 HS