SBD/Issue 142/Collegiate Sports

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  • Spring College Football Games Garner National TV Exposure

    Meyer Hopes Exposure From Televised
    Spring Game Will Help In Recruiting
    ESPN on Saturday aired the first two hours of the Univ. of Florida's (UF) spring football game, and ESPN VP/Programming & Acquisitions Dave Brown said that spring games "give his network a platform to cover big offseason stories in a sport that draws significant viewership," according to Andy Staples of SI.com. Brown said that he can "envision in future years broadcasting from multiple sites during a three- or four-week period after the Final Four." Brown: "The bottom line is we haven't had any games for three months. Spring football is the only time period where you will see the team and get a glimpse of what it might look like next year." ESPNU will broadcast the Univ. of Missouri's spring game live this Saturday, while the NFL Network will broadcast the Univ. of Pittsburgh's game live with guest color commentary from coach Dave Wannstedt. The Big Ten Network Saturday will provide "live look-ins on eight of the conference's spring games" (SI.com, 4/11). In Florida, David Jones reported UF coach Urban Meyer "took advantage" of the spring game's extra exposure to "attempt to give recruiting an extra bump." About 50 potential recruits attended the game, "along with UF's entire recruiting class signed in February" (FLORIDA TODAY, 4/13).

    SPRING FEVER: Ticket Express Owner Chad Carr said that tickets for Saturday's sold-out Univ. of Nebraska spring game "with a face value of $3, are going for as high as $95." Carr added that a ticket for last month's Bruce Springsteen concert in Omaha "could be bought for $39." Carr: "I'm not one to judge the craziness of Nebraska football fans." Nebraska set its spring attendance record of 63,416 in '05, but the number "slipped the last two years." Nebraska Marketing Dir Corrie Sears said under new coach Bo Pelini, the game "pretty much sold itself" (USA TODAY, 4/15). The following chart lists attendance from select college football spring games through last Saturday (THE DAILY).

    SCHOOL
    ATTENDANCE
    Alabama
    78,200
    Florida
    61,000
    LSU
    33,624
    Florida State
    30,000
    Ole Miss
    28,311
    Oklahoma
    23,306
    Oklahoma State
    20,000
    Clemson
    20,000
    BYU
    16,700
    Southern Miss
    11,126
    Virginia
    4,000
    South Florida
    3,500
    Stanford
    1,500

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  • Devil In The Details: New Duke AD To Face Several Challenges

    Yahoo's Bostock Leading
    Duke's Search For New AD
    Duke President Richard Brodhead said that Senior Associate AD Chris Kennedy "will act as the interim AD" until a replacement can be found for Joe Alleva, who accepted the LSU AD position earlier this month, according to Luciana Chavez of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. Brodhead also appointed Yahoo Chair and former Duke football player Roy Bostock to "lead a search committee" for the new AD. The incoming AD will face a "big, looming issue: When will ... men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski retire and how will he be replaced?" Brodhead and Bostock have to "find a person who must be capable of figuring out the post-Krzyzewski future of Duke athletics." Football also will be a "high priority" for the new AD, as Wallace Wade Stadium long has "needed basic upgrades to its restrooms and concessions areas." The new AD also will "guide the implementation of a strategic plan for the athletic department" which includes a "number of important directives about the football program from admissions practices to recruiting philosophy and facilities upgrades." Chavez noted the "ultimate goal" for the Duke athletic department is to "endow all of its scholarships," as currently 61 scholarships across all sports are endowed. Possible candidates for the job include Duke Associate AD Mike Cragg and former Florida State Univ. AD Dave Hart (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 4/14).

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