Stanford has an innovative blueprint for renewing season tickets: Roll out the red carpet
It seems like every since the invention of the oversized HDTV fans have been passing up the game day experience to sit in the comfort of their own home and watch sporting events.
Since that point, ticket sales have dwindled, college athletic programs have formed focus groups with fans to improve the gameday experience in an effort to fill the stands, and season ticket sales are down for many programs, even those with a past history of selling out without a hitch.
Stanford has developed an interesting,and somewhat innovative, plan for season ticket holders to renew their ticket packages, complete with a long list full of VIP worthy incentives that they become eligible for upon renewing.
Check out this tweet from Stanford assistant athletic director for communications and public relations Kurt Svoboda to see more. I’ve blown up the picture to make it easier to read.
— Kurt Svoboda (@ksvoboda) January 27, 2015
Lock yours up before February 4th and get the red carpet virtually rolled out for you with a lunch with NFL alums, a day with Stanford football, a photo with coach Shaw after the spring game, a training table visit during the off season with the team, a tour of the facility, a pregame field pass for the Oregon game….read the rest for yourself, the list goes on and on.
Pretty smart strategy here from the folks in Palo Alto. None of these break the bank for them, but each and every one of them provides those who buy season tickets the opportunity to be a VIP for a day – or on 13 separate occasions.
Send us your best National Signing Day graphics
We’re a week out from the biggest date on the college football calendar between the national championship and opening day: National Signing Day.
With the big day rapidly approaching, programs are promoting their signing classes through some pretty inventive graphics. Consider this page your official graphics home for NSD 2015. If you’re a brand new Division III program or the defending FBS champions, we want to see what you’ve got for Signing Day.
Tweet us @FootballScoop and we’ll get them in here.
Southern Oregon raising funds to buy NAIA championship rings
What’s the one thing that unites every champion, regardless of sport? If a member of the 1970 New York Knicks and 2012 North Dakota State Bison met at a bar, what’s the one thing they would have in common?
A championship ring.
Fresh off its first NAIA national championship, Southern Oregon is looking for help to purchase its set of championship rings. The Raiders have set up a fundraising drive in hopes of raising $37,000 to buy 150 rings for players and staff.
“Unlike the NCAA Division I level – where the championship rings are already paid for – the Raiders have to purchase their own. Each ring costs approximately $250,” the page reads. “You can honor a player or position group by donating to the “Ring ‘Em Up” campaign. Your gift will help create a lasting memory for our National Champions. Help us commemorate (and decorate) this historic group of SOU student-athletes.”
Athletics director Bobby Heiken told the Associated Press said that Southern Oregon has raised $14,000, putting them about 40 percent of the way there.
FootballScoop crowns the statistical champions of the 2014 season
We’re all a bunch of liars.
When a coach or media member refers to a team’s pass rush or third-down offense as “the best in college football,” that person is probably incorrect. More often than not, that all-encompassing term “the best in college football” references only the FBS, the game’s highest-profile subdivision but still less than 20 percent of its total population, rather than the entire sport at large.
So we decided to examine all five divisions of college football, 746 programs in all between the NCAA and NAIA, to find the best in 26 different statistical categories to determine once and for all who had the best first downs defense in 2014.
FBS: Baylor – 48.2 points per game
FCS: Eastern Washington – 44.1 points per game
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 54.1 points per game
D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 58.5 points per game
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 55.5 points per game
Touchdowns Per Game
FBS: Baylor – 6.31
FCS: Alcorn State – 6.08
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7
D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.53
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 7.92
FBS: Baylor – 581.5 yards per game
FCS: Yale – 571.5 yards per game
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce -535.4 yards per game
D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 589.9 yards per game
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 662.2 yards per game
Yards Per Play
FBS: Marshall – 7.59
FCS: Alcorn State/Illinois State – 6.91
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 7.47
D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 7.85
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 8.18
FBS: Washington State – 477.7 yards per game
FCS: Idaho State – 348.1 yards per game
D2: New Mexico Highlands – 388.5 yards per game
D3: Whitworth (Wash.)/East Texas Baptist – 368.1 yards per game
NAIA: Southern Oregon – 383.0 yards per game
FBS: Oregon – 180.78
FCS: Villanova – 175.25
D2: Harding (Ark.) – 188.13
D3: Guilford College (N.C.) – 176.39
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 193.6
Yards Per Attempt
FBS: Oregon – 9.9
FCS: Eastern Washington – 8.73
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.31
D3: Delaware Valley College (Pa.) – 10.11
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 11.48
FBS: Georgia Southern – 379.9 yards per game
FCS: Cal Poly – 351.8 yards per game
D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 416.3 yards per game
D3: Maine Maritime – 393.9 yards per game
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 354.8 yards per game
Yards Per Carry
FBS: Georgia Southern – 7.11
FCS: Alcorn State – 6.42
D2: Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) – 6.57
D3: Heidelberg (Ohio) – 6.67
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 6.54
First Downs Per Game
FBS: Baylor – 30.1
FCS: Idaho State – 27.9
D2: Colorado Mines – 29.1
D3: Mount Union (Ohio) – 28.6
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 29.8
Third Down Conversions
FBS: Georgia Tech – 57.9%
FCS: Yale – 51.7%
D2: Ferris State (Mich.) – 56.2%
D3: Guilford (N.C.) – 58.1%
NAIA: Morningside (Iowa) – 53.2%
FBS: Ole Miss – 16.0 points per game
FCS: Harvard – 12.3 points per game
D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 12.8 points per game
D3: Amherst College (Mass.) – 8.9 points per game
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 15.2 points per game
Touchdowns Per Game Allowed
FBS: Ole Miss – 1.85
FCS: Harvard – 1.5
D2: Colorado State-Pueblo – 1.53
D3: Amherst (Mass.) – 1.13
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa)/Tabor (Kan.) – 2
FBS: Clemson – 260.8 yards per game
FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 237.5 yards per game
D2: Northwest Missouri State – 213.1 yards per game
D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 220.8 yards per game
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 247.5 yards per game
Yards Per Play Allowed
FBS: Clemson – 4.03
FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 3.97
D2: Northwest Missouri State – 3.58
D3: Wesleyan (Conn.)/Linfield (Ore.) – 3.59
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 3.58
FBS: San Jose State – 117.8 yards per game
FCS: Samford – 139.1 yards per game
D2: Newberry (S.C.) – 120.1 yards per game
D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 114.5 yards per game
NAIA: Edward Waters (Fla.) – 111.5 yards per game
Pass Efficiency Defense
FBS: Clemson – 98.3
FCS: Southeastern Louisiana – 94.3
D2: Oklahoma Panhandle State – 84.3
D3: St. Lawrence (N.Y.) – 76.8
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 71.5
Yards Per Attempt Allowed
FBS: Clemson – 5.3
FCS: Bethune-Cookman/Southeastern Louisiana – 5.45
D2: Indianapolis – 4.61
D3: Wesleyan (Conn.) – 4.59
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 4.60
FBS: Michigan State – 88.5 yards per game
FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 79.9 yards per game
D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 44.3 yards per game
D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 66.3 yards per game
NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 75.8 yards per game
Yards Per Carry Allowed
FBS: TCU – 2.78
FCS: Sacred Heart – 2.43
D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 1.63
D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 1.91
NAIA: Robert Morris (Ill.) – 2.22
First Downs Per Game Allowed
FBS: Clemson – 14.2
FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 14.0
D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 11.5
D3: Trinity (Conn.) – 12.6
NAIA: Siena Heights (Mich.) – 13.3
Third Down Conversions Allowed
FBS: Clemson – 27.4%
FCS: Bethune-Cookman – 25.0%
D2: Shepherd (W. Va.) – 23.2%
D3: Adrian (Mich.) – 21.1%
NAIA: Northwestern (Iowa) – 24.9%
Sacks Per Game
FBS: Utah – 4.23
FCS: Grambling – 3.75
D2: Humboldt State (Calif.) – 4.5
D3: Wabash (Ind.) – 4.58
NAIA: Georgetown (Ky.) – 4.0
Tackles For Loss Per Game
FBS: Clemson – 10.08
FCS: Grambling – 10.1
D2: Texas A&M-Commerce – 10.8
D3: Bethany (W. Va.) – 10.9
FBS: Oregon – 1.53
FCS: Albany – 1.25
D2: Bloomsburg (Pa.) – 2.31
D3: Redlands (Ca.) – 2.44
Penalties Per Game
FBS: Navy – 2.54
FCS: Gardner-Webb – 3.58
D2: Michigan Tech – 2.55
D3: Buena Vista (Iowa) – 2.90
NAIA: Benedictine (Kan.) – 4.45
Check out all of the notable 2015 Super Bowl ads here
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, little by little, the wildly popular commercials advertisements are starting to get released.
Last year, the Super Bowl between Seattle and Denver set a record as the most-watched television event in US history, drawing 111.5 million viewers. Four of the last five Super Bowls have set new viewership records, and this year shouldn’t be any different with all the interesting storylines taking shape.
As we all know, it’s also the only TV event where people actually tune in and sit quiet during the commercials.
Other than Super Bowl staple Budweiser, who is always good for a conversation piece on Monday morning, ads include appearances by Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan- so this year is shaping up to be interesting already.
Here’s what has been released so far, and this article will continue to be updated as more are uncovered.