Also starting it at rush hour on a Monday is beyond stupid.National media knows how dumb it is to have a game like this in a city where you have to pay so much to get to and stay but Larry Scott has been having the Pac-12 championship in Santa Clara since the stadium was built Lol.
National media knows how dumb it is to have a game like this in a city where you have to pay so much to get to and stay but Larry Scott has been having the Pac-12 championship in Santa Clara since the stadium was built Lol.
This happens for a couple of really stupid reasons.
The first: The waning but still disproportionate power of the Pac-12. For some reason or another, the nominal Power 5 conference gets big games on the West Coast despite winning only one Playoff game in the five years of the format, consistently racing the ACC to the bottom of the Power 5 in attendance, posting negligible television ratings in the regular season and conference championships, losing bowl games, and winning a grand total of three outright national titles in the last 50 years. (All held by USC.)
The second reason is worse: The people in charge of college football don’t really care and don’t have to pretend to care. When the time came to stage a title game for TV, they picked a nice spot for a corporate junket — we’ll go to wine country the weekend before! WINE COUNTRY! — but a terrible place for college football. They’ll have some of those patron-cooking skyboxes and shuttle service to the stadium and will blame fans for not showing up, if they have the energy to think about it at all.
They won’t have to think about how turning the National Championship into a minor league Super Bowl invites all of the sterile mediocrity of the NFL experience on purpose — by design, even. The idea, in the end, is to play a game in a biddable nowhere, accountable to neither community nor team, reminiscent of nothing and easily sold as ad space.
I don’t completely agree with the first one. It’s not the Pac 12’s fault that the fiesta and rose bowl are so well run and fans from across the country like them so much. I am also sure Vegas and LA will get their chance and will be a ton better than Santa Clara. Seriously, I know these are set in advance but how could you think a championship game is a good idea there when the pac 12 championship game is such a let down? Obviously having a west coast team would have helped but not that much.
Matt Jones - C - Mountaineers
West Virginia redshirt junior C Matt Jones will transfer as a graduate.
There should be plenty of schools interested in Jones, as he's been the starter at center since his redshirt sophomore season and started in 25 games in that time frame. Because he's leaving with his degree, he'll be eligible to play for any team immediately.
Source: Brett McMurphy on Twitter
Jan 8 - 9:30 PM
I think this is like when Clinton Portis left Miami early for the NFL draft because, as good as he was, he was going to be RB3 behind Frank Gore and Willis McGahee if he came back for his senior year. Instead, he was a 2nd round draft pick and starter in the NFL.I think he's the prototypical NFL RB in 2019. RB1