Sunday, December 4, 2011

College Football Business

The Business of College football shows its ugly financial head with the demise of many and sometimes recognized Football coaches. Constantly we are reminded by the NCAA for what it stands for and its main purposes regarding student athletes. We can also take notice of how many billions of dollars are made across the country, but the minute an athlete attempt to make profit of any type he is strongly condon and often times the school is painfully scrutinized.
The saddest case I recall seeing over the past years involve what looks like an over blow incident involving Ohio State. One the schools top Athletes got a few favors related to selling merchandise. Not only did this stir up quite a big scandal, but also manage to get one the most well-known and successful coaches in college football fired.
Winning is also everything in the sport, you can call it the end of the year clean up. After most of the games have been played and records have been reveal, it now time to fire someone. The Donald must have brought back the coolness in firing not so bad employee. We see Coaches with records slightly better than the .500 mark and offered to attend bowl games quicklily dismissed. As much as it disappoints to see these things take place, there must be an understanding between both parties not seen by fans like me.
Large contracts overlapping large contract makes me wonder who's really profiting in this business. Schools constantly complain of higher tuition cost and then you see a news flash of a coach being fired but owed several million as part of a contract obligation. The next phase of the story mentions how they are searching the country for the best fit for our institution with even bigger dollar signs attached. I guess the coach with the 6 and 6 record whom had a couple bad seasons doesn't fit the bill. Why spend money to get the guy you'll be firing in 2 years for the same reason.
A few days ago I notice one of a Big 12 schools fired its coach whom did not have his shop setup for more than 2 years. The coach arrived with another coaches recruits, had opportunity to bring in a few recruits for one year and fired for not producing quickly. 
Those are short examples of a tough business in the world of College Football. Like it or not, things are not changing anytime soon.  It is designed and over seen by a complex group of individual whom govern themselves. Until individual state governments and other forms powerful figures take notice, we will continue to see the big dollars drive this business for a long time to come.

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