College football profited more than $210 million from the 2012-13 bowl season
It's a good time to be in the bowl business.
The long-feared college football Armageddon - the College Football Playoff - has actually turned into a windfall for the entire sport. ESPN will pay out $5.64 billion over the next 12 years, and new bowls are sprouting up in the Bahamas, Miami and possibly other places.
And then there was this report Wednesday morning, stating that the NCAA's audit of the 2012-13 bowl season turned a profit for every FBS conference. In all, teams collectively took in $300.8 million of the $445.6 million the bowls earned, and spent $90.3 million on the trips. That's a profit of $210.5 million, just north of $3 million per participant or $1.68 million per FBS team.
Of course, that money was not distributed evenly.
The SEC took in the most money, followed by the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC. You know how this story goes.
Here's the full chart, courtesy of AL.com:
The SEC raked in the most total profit at $37,516,212, but the 10-team Big 12 earned the most per school at $3,191,025.
With the coming playoff and conferences staking more of a claim to the bowl process as a whole, both on the front end (selection) and back end (finances, ownership), these numbers will only rise from here.
Inside Craig Bohl's contract at Wyoming
Details of Craig Bohl's contract at Wyoming have been unveiled and, not surprisingly, he'll receive a significant raise from North Dakota State.
Bohl's contract lasts for five years and pays a base salary of $300,000, plus an additional $450,000 in 2014 and rising $50,000 a year from there. In all, Bohl is guaranteed $750,000 in 2014 and at least $950,000 in 2018.
The USA Today Coaching Salary database listed Colorado State's Jim McElwain as the highest-paid returning Mountain West coach (read: not Chris Petersen) at a salary of $1.35 million in 2013. Utah State's Matt Wells was listed as the conference's lowest-paid head coach in 2013 with a salary of $502,500.
Additionally, Bohl will earn $20,000 for each Mountain West win (up to $160,000), one month's base salary for a bowl game or a Mountain West Championship appearance, $25,000 for a Top 25 finish, up to $70,000 if Wyoming sells 10,000 or more season tickets, and up to $50,000 for a team GPA of 2.8 or higher. He'll also receive a $50,000 annual speaker and appearance fee, and a $750 monthly housing allowance.
By 2018, Bohl could be making up to $1.3 million.
Bohl signed an eight-year contract extension at North Dakota State in January, paying him a salary of $206,000 a year and up to $15,000 for an FCS championship.
Bohl is 101-32 in 11 seasons at North Dakota State and is in the process of chasing a third consecutive national championship.
Wyoming went 5-7 (3-5 Mountain West) in 2013.
Bryan Harsin is heading to Boise State
After just three seasons away from Boise State University (two at Texas as the offensive coordinator, and one at Arkansas State as the head coach), Bryan Harsin is heading back to Idaho to lead the Bronco program.
Harsin played quarterback for Boise State from 1995-1999, and got his coaching start at Eastern Oregon (NAIA) where he coached the running backs and receivers. The next season he took a grad assistant job at his alma mater that eventually earned him a full time job coaching the tight ends (2002-2005), and eventually leading to his roles as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach (2006-2010) before leaving for the Texas co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks job for two seasons (2011-2012).
In his one year at Arkansas State, Harsin led the program to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Arkansas State will now look to hire their 4th head coach in 4 seasons.
Just yesterday multiple outlets (including Boise's Rivals site) reported that Harsin had apparently withdrawn his name from consideration and Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was rumored to be the top candidate in the administration's crosshairs.
In this profession, a lot of rumors swirl at this time of year, and a lot can change in a matter of hours. Throughout the search process, we heard that the President of the university favored Harsin, while the AD wanted to talk to others. In the hierarchy of search processes, it doesn't get much higher than the president.
With Harsin, Boise gets a coach familiar with the unique culture and expectations, a familiar face, and someone that has proven himself in his first year as a head coach taking over a program that has seen a ton of success over the past few seasons.
Harsin will not coach the team in the bowl game, and defensive coordinator John Thompson will lead the team in their bowl game for the second time in as many seasons. Thompson led the team to a 17-13 victory over Kent State in the last GoDaddy.com bowl game.
Harsin is the sixth FBS head coach to be hired this season following Steve Sarkisian (USC), Chris Petersen (Washington), Chuck Martin (Miami, Ohio), Craig Bohl (Wyoming) and Dave Clawson (Wake Forest). Five FBS head coaching jobs remain open: Connecticut, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, and now Arkansas State..
We'll update as more information becomes available.
Arkansas State would be the first FBS program since at least 1960 to have 4 full-time HCs in four years.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 11, 2013
Hard to grasp; but honestly believe A-State's program is in much better shape than 5 yrs ago. Program has been raised to a new level.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 11, 2013
Chatter we had heard through the search was that Pres of BSU favored Harsin while AD wanted to vet others. Pres wins.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 11, 2013
Expect Arkansas State to release news today that coach Bryan Harsin has resigned. 1 day short of a full yr on job.— AStateNation (@AStateNation) December 11, 2013
The difference between head coaches at the college and NFL level
The Los Angeles Times came out with an interesting article yesterday detailing the differences between being a head coach in the NFL, and being a college head coach.
I'll break down some of the more interesting angles and quotes below, but I highly recommend taking a look at the full piece here. Just reading the stories from some of Jerry Glanville's recruiting trips in the article are well worth your time.
- Pete Carroll on players getting in trouble: "When kids get in trouble and screw up in college, everybody feels the responsibility for it. Here, it's more on the player. You don't feel so terrible because the players are grownups. They're getting paid, they're professional. They're supposed to take care of their own world."
"In college, they make everybody feel responsible for it. The [athletic director], the president, the head coach, everybody feels responsible."
- Agent Bob LaMonte on what it takes to succeed at the college level: "What you have to have in a college coach is somebody who can absolutely bust his butt recruiting. I don't mean a little bit of the time. I mean 24/7, 365. The coach will sell his soul to the devil for time. He will not make it if he doesn't give his life over to recruiting."
"There's no end to the time you'll spend. If you don't do that, I guarantee you will fail as a head coach in college."
- Chip Kelly on the very different schedules: "My schedule [at Oregon], the day the season was over was a lot worse than my schedule here, because, you know, you're planes, trains and automobiles recruiting from Sunday night until Friday afternoon and hustling back and practicing, getting a practice in Friday afternoon, practice Saturday, practice Sunday, get back on a plane and fly around the country chasing down recruits.
"Maybe a misconception is when you're a college coach and the last game is done and then the bowl game comes, you don't have a month off. I would argue my schedule was more hectic from a recruiting standpoint than it was here. So I'm looking forward to being in the office every day and watching tape. That is the fun part of our job."
- Jim Mora on the different relationships with the players at both levels: "The relationships with players, it's different. They are younger. They are more impressionable. They need you more in their lives. You're dealing with mothers and fathers rather than wives and agents. It's much bigger than football."
"In the NFL, you are judged on one thing: Did you win or did you lose? In college football, you're judged on did you win or did you lose, but you're also judged on, are your students doing well academically? Are you helping them become responsible citizens? Are you introducing them to things in terms of community services, and things outside the realm of football? They don't do that in the NFL."
- Pete Carroll on why the NFL makes more sense, but college football is special: "Everything makes more sense in the NFL, it's more logical, more sensible, more understandable. The way they scrutinize makes more sense. The NCAA, in my opinion, doesn't look at the right things. They're trying to catch people doing things wrong, and you don't feel like they're trying to protect the university and the player as much as the league does."
"Representing the university and everything, that's really special in college. That's different here. There's more longevity, there's more history in the college game than there is [in the NFL]. We're in a more temporary world here."
- Barry Switzer on the very different goals of head coaches at each level: "The job of a professional coach is to win football games with 53 players, and his only goal is the Super Bowl. He doesn't need to know what the goals and ambitions of these young men are. He doesn't need to know [a player's] mother. He doesn't need to know if he had a father in the home, or if he had any siblings. All those things are irrelevant. That player might be in camp one day and on the waiver wire the next one, and the coach will never speak to him or see him again the rest of his life.
"A college coach sees every player — when you recruit a player, you've got him for life. You can wrap that up with one sentence."
Again, take a look at the full article here. You'll be glad that you did.
"We don't go after the five star recruits, our guys have job descriptions'
Winning seven games and heading to a bowl game for the first time in over a decade, Curtis Johnson has a lot of new players looking at his program in a new light.
Asked about his recruiting strategy yesterday, Johnson compared their approach to Stanford's before adding an interesting thought that all rebuilding programs should consider looking at a little closer.
"I don't think our profile changes a whole lot (because of the success this season). I look at a our program and think, who are you most like? I'd say we're most like Stanford. Stanford doesn't go after just any player in the world, what they do is they go out and they pick and choose their player and they sell some stuff at Stanford that's a little bit different, and I think you can definitely do that here."
Then Johnson added what him and his staff look for out on the recruiting trail, and it has nothing to do with star power.
"Our player, first you have to be smart, not just in the classroom, but smart on the football field also. You have to be a smart player to come here, and that's kind of what they've done."
"You might not go after the five star receivers, but the receiver that you get is going to be just, in your opinion, he's got a job description, similar to the philosophy of the Saints. They actually do job descriptions, whereas Atlanta went out and got the best receivers that they could find."
"So what's more effective, I don't know. Julio Jones is a great player, and I'd love to have him, but I also love Marques Colston."
While it's a different way of saying that they recruit to their scheme, having an actual job description for what you're looking for in each position has got to be extremely helpful when talking to high school coaches about players that can come in and help you get things turned around quickly.
Video: 'The Revival' at Auburn
I came across this fan-produced Auburn video earlier today, and realized that it was just too good to not share.
The video covers everything from the end of Gene Chizik's tenure, to the start of the Gus Malzahn's era and "The Revival" of the Tiger program since that point.
Buckle up and enjoy this one. It's one of the more well done fan videos that I've come across the entire year.
Mack Brown will reportedly step down at Texas
Texas head coach Mack Brown will step down after 16 seasons in Austin, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. The announcement is expected to come by the end of the week, Chip Brown states.
Brown will receive a $2.75 million buyout and step into a "special assistant to the president" position at $500,000 per year through the end of his contract, the report states. Brown is under contract through 2020 at $5.4 million per year.
Brown has denied the report. "I'm in Florida recruiting. If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn't be killing myself down here," Brown texted to 247Sports.com. "I have not decided to step down." A Texas official also told the Austin American-Statesman that Brown "has not told anyone that he's stepping down." Note the wording here. No one in the UT camp, from the school president to Brown himself, has said that Brown will not step down or that he will be the Longhorns' coach in 2014, just that he "has not told anyone" that he's stepping down. Recall that this is the exact same playbook Texas employed in September when news broke of DeLoss Dodds' retirement, only to see him retire a couple weeks later.
Mack Brown once told me he was building a new office at UNC and "planned to use it." He took the Texas job the next morning.— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) December 10, 2013
With Brown's departure from Texas, the move the entire college football industry has waited for has finally dropped.
Brown is the second-winningest head coach in Texas football history and has produced the fourth-most wins in college football since his hiring in December 1997, guiding the Longhorns to a 158-47 record over that span. Brown also delivered a national championship in 2005 - the school's first since 1970 - two Big 12 championships, four Big 12 South championships, two trips to the BCS National Championship, four BCS appearances, nine consecutive double-digit wins seasons, the school's second Heisman Trophy winner (Ricky Williams, 1998) and two Heisman Trophy runners-up (Vince Young, 2005 and Colt McCoy, 2008).
Brown produced a 101-16 (.863) record from 2001-09 and a 69-9 (.885) mark from 2004-09, but fell to 30-20 over the past four seasons. In what many dubbed a make-or-break 2013 season - with Brown himself proclaiming his team had the ability to "win all the games" - Texas got off to a 1-2 start. The Longhorns rallied to a six-game winning streak, but lost two of their final three to close the season, capped by a 30-10 loss to Baylor in the de facto Big 12 championship game.
With the rise of Baylor and Texas A&M, coinciding with Texas' own backslide over the past four years and the retirement of longtime athletics director DeLoss Dodds earlier this fall, it was simply time to move on.
A lot of coaches I spoke w last week and this week felt this was a done deal several weeks ago.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
I also think that 99% of the coaching community was hoping Mack would make this announcement rather than reporters breaking it.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
There is real belief within the profession that Saban will happen. Absolutely fascinating times.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 10, 2013
With more than three decades as a head coach, beginning at Appalachian State in 1983, Brown ranks 10th in college football history with 220 career victories.
We will have more updates as they become available.
Kick it or go for it? A robot analyzes every 4th down decision in the NFL
As if NFL head coaches weren't already judged enough by every arm-chair quarterback in the entire world, there's a new critic on the scene and it's not even human. The New York Times has unveiled 4th Down Bot, an algorithm analyzing the merits of every single fourth down decision each in NFL Sunday.
4th Down Bot has studied every NFL game since 2000 and found that, on average, NFL coaches are far too conservative. According to the chart below, 4th Down Bot shows coaches should go for it on 4th and 2 or shorter no matter where they are on the field.
If you wish to follow and interact with the 4th Down Bot on Twitter, you can do so. If not, you can read the full article here.
From a statistical perspective, they say, going for it will lead to a maximization of points (their term) more often than not.
"The difference is stark: coaches are much more conservative than they should be if they are truly trying to score as many points as possible. Too often, coaches forfeit the ball through a punt, for instance, when they have a solid chance to make a first down. The field position they gain from the punt is often not worth the missed opportunity to keep a drive going."
Obviously, this is all much easier typed than done.
The site analyzes every fourth down decision from each NFL game. Here's an example from last night's Bears win over the Cowboys. Trailing 27-14 with 10:37 to play in the third quarter, Dallas elected to punt on a 4th and 4 from the Chicago 41. The 4th Down Bot disagreed with the decision, essentially because going for it would have increased the Cowboys' odds of winning by three percent.