Surely this will be what finally makes Gene Smith come to his senses.
Beyond their one broadcast team, they need to raid the TNT NBA teams just to do their current broadcasting platform. NBA guys don't know college basketball, and it's apparent.
I know my statement is counterintuitive, because they have televised the NCAA Tournament forever. But, just look at their studio show for those three weeks.
They need to go get NBA studio teams and announcers to do their tournament games, because after their one broadcast team, they have a bunch of nothing.
That's where the comparison to Fox is apt, they have no one that knows college football as well as the WWL, and they're struggling to find that talent, while taking whatever scraps they can from the ESPN dumpster.
They do it every year, multiple times for SEC games on CBS.
Three parts hope, two parts denial, with a splash of delusion.
Serve chilled; shaken, not stirred, in a rose colored glass.
Fox College Football = CBS College Basketball
They are both trying to put square pegs in a round hole.
It's not Gus Johnson that we should wonder about, it which washed up hack are they going to poach from the Golf Channel this year to be his analyst?
But, I thought KB did!
Of course, I am thinking first and foremost of the juggernaut that is the Ohio State athletic department. Hell, Kansas State has 12 Varsity sports, by comparison.
I'll guess: Southern Illinois, Illinois Champaign, and Northwestern.
Hey, I told him he couldn't handle the chili AND Fatpants' Myralax milkshake.
But, nooooooo, he didn't listen to me...
Oh yeah, Kansas is paying three head football coaches - Jabba the Coach, Turner Gill, and the current placeholder.
He heard the Chiefs were moving back to Charlestown.
One measly extra can of beans, and everybody blames old 3M for their digestive issues...
That's how I read it.
It's a complicated issue, to be sure. But, given the size and scope of his operation, I'd bet he's on par with his contemporaries.
That Rutgers line though? Pure gold.
36 Varsity sports are funded largely on the backs of 85 guys at Ohio State, so this issue is pretty deep, to be sure. But, I'm sure that a lot of good is done by the obscene income generated from football, which is really all we're talking about here.
Shut down the Internet, boys. We've got a winner!!
I believe they altered more than the quarterback's mechanics, they altered how opposing teams prepared a game plan.
Forcing a team to move away from their strengths, in order to counter yours, is a strategic win that takes place before the game even starts.
Robert Landers is a guy who could really help with recruiting, because he's a small guy for the DL. He's twitchy and strong, and that combination has allowed him to defy odds and play D line in the B1G, not the MAC.
Are you a guard?
He needs those.
If you rewind 29 years, the year is 1988. The B1G is like 20 years removed from its last national championship in football, if I'm recalling correctly, while Miami and Note Dame are ruling the CFB world.
From then until now, more has changed than just Miami and Note Dame becoming has-beens who routinely fail to live up to the hype of the collective desire for them to return to their former glory.
First, Delaney countered the SEC - CBS marriage with a sweetheart deal that guaranteed national coverage for the B1G in a regionally televised world. He did this by getting ESPN to agree that any B1G game in the 3:30 time slot had to be back aired on ESPN or ESPN2, if another game was regionally televised on ABC. At the time, this was a subtle nuance in the contract, but he got his conference a national audience for its biggest games, long before his most brilliant move, creating the Big Ten Network.
He brought Penn State into the mix when Note Dame rebuffed the league, and he made a brand of the Big 11 - remember the hidden ones in the logo? And, while future expansion hasn't been as popular as he'd probably like, the ultimate additions of Nebraska, Rutgers, and Maryland undeniably improved the economic footprint of the conference for both television and academics.
The decisions to hold the 2018 men's basketball tournament a week early (in order to play it in Rutgers' backyard) and rename every trophy in football, to include a guy who played in the Big 8, notwithstanding, Delaney had a shrewd vision, and he followed it. He's changed a lot more than just the B1G, he changed collegiate athletics. And, thanks in large part to him, Ohio State runs a self-sustaining athletic department with 36 Varsity sports. Now, that's a lot of scholarships.
If there are two people I don't want to picture in a Lady and the Tramp moment, it'd be those two.
Indeed, there's still contrast, just not much.