Tommy Tuberville

Forbes says Cincinnati football is a real bargain


Times can be tough for college football fans and programs, but no program is getting the most bang for their buck than Cincinnati.

According to a report published by Forbes, Cincinnati is college football’s most successfully economic college football program. How you define success is arbitrary of course, but the report makes note of Cincinnati’s spending being among the nation’s lowest when looking at just the ACC, American, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and SEC. Only 12 programs have won more games than Cincinnati this season, which helps lead Forbes to suggesting Cincinnati is spending wiser than most other programs around the country. Cincinnati actually spent more to run their program this season than in past years but still came out on top thanks to a 9-win season.

After doing some number crunching and taking in to account the buyout price tag that came with head coach Tommy Tuberville from Texas Tech, Cincinnati came out on top of this year’s list from Forbes, knocking off the always thrifty Kansas State from the top spot. this is the first time in the brief three-year study Kansas State has not been on top of the ranking. Kansas State was bumped down to second. The ranking is based on the calculated cost per win. Cincinnati is reported to have spent $1,463,280 per win. Pac 12 champion Stanford is ranked third in the list and is followed by Big 12 champion Baylor and Oregon.

The worst program in the country when it comes to spending money was Kansas. The Jayhawks, winners of three games this season, spent just over $8 million per win this season, according to the report. They were followed by Colorado, California, Kentucky and Auburn.

That’s right. The SEC champions were among the worst at spending wisely according to Forbes. Over the last three seasons only Alabama has spent more to run their football program, according to Forbes, but the Crimson Tide have a couple of BCS championships to show for it. Auburn will get their chance to add another BCS championship to the equation, and if the Tigers top Florida State in Pasadena the odds are pretty good every Auburn fan will say it was all worth every penny.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.