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Old Dominion turned down opportunity to be destroyed by Alabama

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Old Dominion turned down a chance to play at Alabama even though it would have resulted in a nice pay day totaling over $1 million for the school. A full schedule already lined up for the Monarchs is the reason according to a report quoting Old Dominion Athletics Director Wood Selig.

“We’ve already got 12 games,” Selig said to The Virginian Pilot. “I’d certainly touch base with (head coach) Bobby Wilder on this, but I don’t think playing a game against Alabama would be an advisable move given the infancy of our program.”

Old Dominion is just five years old, and is working their way up to being able to play a program of Alabama’s caliber without getting embarrassed in the process. Turning down a sure-money game is quite admirable for Old Dominion. According to the report, Old Dominion was contacted by Alabama and ESPN to work out a potential game in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has two schedule vacancies to fill in the non-conference schedule in 2015.

Old Dominion has games scheduled against Eastern Michigan, Norfolk State, North Carolina State and Appalachian State in 2015. Despite having the full schedule, Selig says sometimes a call will come anyway in hopes of convincing a school to make a scheduling change.

“They are constantly trying to move people around in order to set up attractive games to broadcast,” Selig said of ESPN. “If they know you’ve got an open week or can handle another game, sometimes they will contact you. They often say, if you do that, we’ll consider you down the line for some type of television broadcast or help you get a home and home with a certain school.”

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15 Responses to “Old Dominion turned down opportunity to be destroyed by Alabama”
  1. Professor Fate says: Mar 27, 2014 7:52 PM

    Would Alabama have had nearly as much success recently if ESPN hadn’t chosen to promote them (and the SEC) as heavily as they do? ESPN and Alabama throw money around like they’re TPing a house, but the NCAA thinks the athletes (the “product”) should work for the equivalent of a low-middle-class salary.

    I’d like to see more schools do what Old Dominion has done. I’d also like to see Alabama stop trying to fill OOC gaps with sub-par competition, but I won’t hold my breath on that one since I don’t think the strength-of-schedule component in the new ranking system will mean much, at least not as long as ESPN has the influence it does.

  2. dcroz says: Mar 27, 2014 8:01 PM

    Alabama is getting the attention on this because, well, it’s Alabama. Everyone out there does it, but when you’re the top program (sorry, FSU, but that crystal football doesn’t automatically confer that status) then everyone looks at you under a much finer microscope than anyone else.

    With that being said, though, surely my Tide can come up with a better non-conference scrimmage game than the likes of ODU, Georgia State, and Western Carolina. We’ve played North Texas several times, and they have actually become a respectable non-AQ program (do we still call them that in the post-BCS era?). Same with Utah State, Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Tulsa, or any number of other programs not in major conferences. Surely you can find three of them–in addition to the season-opening neutral-site major opponent–to fill out your schedule without going straight to the programs who were still on the drawing board when we won our first BCS title in 2009.

  3. musketmaniac says: Mar 27, 2014 8:09 PM

    That’s the right move.

  4. imaduffer says: Mar 27, 2014 8:24 PM

    Coach Saban is going through the Yellow Pages right now looking for cupcakes as we speak. He found one but Dunkin Doughnuts doesn’t have a football team.

  5. rolltide510 says: Mar 27, 2014 9:18 PM

    “Would Alabama have had nearly as much success recently if ESPN hadn’t chosen to promote them (and the SEC) as heavily as they do? ESPN and Alabama throw money around like they’re TPing a house, but the NCAA thinks the athletes (the “product”) should work for the equivalent of a low-middle-class salary.”

    So much BS colliding in this paragraph.

  6. guinsrule says: Mar 27, 2014 10:09 PM

    A powerhouse program playing an overmatched opponent…sounds like the undersized guys could get hurt. We need a coach to stand up for the safety of the players.

  7. elwaysagenius says: Mar 27, 2014 10:22 PM

    Surprised ‘Bama wanted to play OD, maybe Saban doesn’t know they moved up to D1?

  8. normtide says: Mar 27, 2014 10:46 PM

    Fate, your a perfect example of why espn has an interest in Bama. Look, already seven comments on a Bama story, including your essay. Meanwhile, a story on your team has zero comments. Alabama, like OSU, USC, ND, etc always draws a crowd. That’s why CFT posts so many stories about them. And you Mr Fate, and the others who race to comment, are the exact reason. Stop blaming the media, they only follow trends. The fans set them.

    I would like to thank each of you. I hope you continue to help keep Alabama #1 in all areas of the game.

  9. ndnut says: Mar 27, 2014 10:58 PM

    Norm is exactly right. I recognize that the Irish have been a part of some darn good bowls in years they didn’t deserve it (not referring to BCS NC, we earned that one with some luck). However, ND draws a crowd nationwide, as proven by the Shamrock Series, and thus more money for the bowl (tickets, concessions, tv ratings/ads, etc.). It isn’t always fair, but it is the system brought by capitalism.

  10. sportsguy3434 says: Mar 28, 2014 12:01 AM

    Savannah State will make an open spot…

  11. Professor Fate says: Mar 28, 2014 2:53 AM

    Looks like some panties got wadded up real quick.

    rolltide- “So much BS colliding in this paragraph.” With no counterpoint. Just guessing you weren’t on the debate team.

    normtide- If you actually looked at any other posts about college football that weren’t about your team you might have a clue about mine. Yes, it gets plenty of ink, too, but it doesn’t have ESPN in its back pocket like the SEC. The network gave the SEC a boatload of money and then proceeded to promote it at every opportunity, not the other way around. The media “only follow trends” is laughably naive. Rupert Murdoch has made a fortune with a “news” program that leads a certain kind of sheep around by the nose.

    Despite a wealth of riches it would seem that many fans of the SEC have a pretty big chip on their collective shoulder. It’s sad that regularly winning the NC, or at least always being in the conversation for it, isn’t enough for you guys.

    The only thing worse than a sore loser is a fan of a winner that can’t take any criticism of his team, especially about issues like this that do nothing to improve the game.

  12. chiadam says: Mar 28, 2014 6:45 AM

    They should try and schedule every team they can find that doesn’t have a good return man. Or even a decent one.

  13. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    Something tells me that Alabama wont be looking to Oklahoma to fill that OOC game

  14. normtide says: Mar 28, 2014 10:10 AM

    Fate- you totally misunderstand. I’m thanking you. You post on every Alabama story, and people like you make us so popular. I’ve never seen you post on a story about your team. You post on every Alabama story. That’s why networks love Bama. It’s why Bama has so many stories written about them. And, it helps Bama in recruiting. It helps bring in more money. It will help Bama get the nod over other teams. My thank you is real.

  15. onlyoneleft says: Mar 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    No problem, Alabama can schedule another directional.

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