The financial details of college football’s new postseason are still being sorted out. Some of them are already known. For example, the Rose Bowl (Big Ten/Pac-12) and Sugar Bowl (Big 12/SEC) will reportedly be worth $80 million annually in payout, while the Orange Bowl (ACC/Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame) will reportedly be worth $55 million.
However, Notre Dame’s payout for Orange Bowl appearances wasn’t known, although it was expected to be different from the $27.5 million the ACC/Big Ten/SEC would bring home for participating in the game.
Until now, that is. Reportedly (again).
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the Irish will only receive half of what the three participating conferences will get in payout, meaning that when Notre Dame plays in the Orange Bowl, it’ll actually receive one-third the payout that the ACC gets.
To put it more simply:
ESPN will pay an average of $55 million annually for the bowl, sources said. If the ACC plays an SEC or Big Ten opponent, both conferences would each receive $27.5 million.
However, if Notre Dame is the ACC’s Orange Bowl opponent, the Irish only receives $13.75 million and the ACC $41.25 million.
Money has never been an issue for Notre Dame, so this isn’t a slight to the Irish. In fact, it’s a rather sweet deal for Notre Dame considering the agreement. The Irish will be making $6.2 million for its BCS championship appearance against Alabama next week, so it’s already a step up in payout. Notre Dame’s Orange Bowl agreement was more about making sure the Irish had a guaranteed place in college football’s new postseason. Even Notre Dame’s new membership with the ACC wasn’t driven by money.
The financial outcome, while important, is secondary.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.