Michigan took a financial loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl too

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The University of Michigan took a loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, losing to Kansas State by a score of 31-14. It turns out that loss came at a price. As reported by MLive.com, citing financial documents obtained through a public records request, Michigan spent a total of $2.01 million on the trip to Tempe for the bowl game. The game left Michigan at a loss of $132,000.

This does not account for the money received by Michigan through the Big Ten’s bowl revenue share, so the loss may not be a cause for alarm. As reported, Michigan received a bowl share of $11.78 million the previous year. When millions are coming in from the conference’s bowl share, a loss of $132,000 almost seems insignificant. And in a sense, it is because schools operate knowing a healthy bowl share is coming as well as long as the school is not on any probation or postseason ban. For example, Penn State will not receive a bowl share from the Bg Ten, for example, because it is ineligible for postseason play. Instead, Penn State’s share will be donated to charities within the Big Ten community.

The breakdown of Michigan’s expenses reported saw $1.15 million used for travel costs, $664,595 for food, and $68,295 for absorbed tickets to the game. Absorbing tickets has been an issue with bowl games and expenses to schools over the years, but is something the Big Ten has addressed moving forward with new bowl arrangements. As noted by MLive.com, the Big Ten has negotiated smaller ticket requirements with new bowl partners and bowl contracts beginning this season. The travel expenses, on the other hand, will remain a concern for Big Ten teams as the reach of the Big Ten’s new bowl partnerships will begin spreading out.

“With our new bowl arrangement, the Big Ten is going to have relationships with bowls in Northern California, Southern California, Texas — the bowl picture is really spreading out,” Michigan AD Dave Brandon said to MLive.com. “That’s smart, but we all have to be really sensitive to the fact our practices — (at Michigan), when we go to a bowl game, we’re taking a lot of people. We take our band. We take our spirit squads. When you’re chartering jumbo jets and filling them up with people, and filling up hotels, it gets expensive.”

Of course, there are alternatives to cutting back on expenses, like taking cheaper flights and staying in cheaper hotels where available. But who wants to do that?

Iowa LB Aaron Mends to miss extended time with injury

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Talk about a hard-luck story.

After never starting a game at Iowa, Aaron Mends (pictured, blocking punt) had earned a starting job at outside linebacker during practice this spring.  With football being the cruel mistress that it can be at times, the Hawkeyes announced Friday night that Mends “will miss an extended period of time due to injury.” The program offered no details as to the specific nature of the injury, although it’s believed to involve the knee.

According to the school’s release, the fifth-year senior suffered the injury during the final week of Iowa’s spring drills.

Mends was a three-star member of the Hawkeyes’ 2014 recruiting class.  He was the highest-rated linebacker in Iowa’s class that year.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Mends has played in 38 games the past three seasons.  A baker’s dozen of those appearances came during the 2017 season.

Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, James Franklin and Clay Helton among 15 CFB coaches attending NFL Draft

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We’re less than a week away from former college players officially finding out their new homes with the start of the 2018 NFL Draft and the excitement is palpable no matter if you’re a Cleveland Browns fan or somebody who dons the cardinal and gold of USC.

Naturally this is a big deal for the players’ former programs as well and their recent head coaches will be taking full advantage of the marketing opportunity to future recruits by stopping by the draft itself at AT&T Stadium for the festivities. The NFL released a list of 14 college football coaches and one recent one on Friday as being confirmed to attend the event and there are a few notable names beyond the big ones we’re used to seeing every year:

In addition, Stanford head coach David Shaw will serve as a draft analyst on NFL Network for a seventh year in a row and even ESPN’s College GameDay is getting involved with a pregame show outside the stadium they are quite familiar with from big games over the years.

Georgia DB Mark Webb tears meniscus in practice but expected back before fall camp

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Georgia’s injury luck this spring isn’t getting much better as the defending SEC champions move toward their annual G-Day spring game over the weekend.

Head coach Kirby Smart confirmed with reporters after Thursday’s practice that sophomore defensive back Mark Webb suffered a knee injury earlier in the week and tore his meniscus. He already had the knee scoped and is expected back before fall camp after the rather minor procedure.

Webb originally landed in Athens as a wideout but made the move to the secondary just as the season was getting going. He appeared in 13 games in 2017, mostly on special teams, but was expected to challenge for one of the starting spots at cornerback heading into the upcoming campaign.

The absence of Webb in the lineup for the final week of spring adds to a growing list of injuries for the team during practice as they do a little bit of roster building toward the future. Receiver Michael Chigbu’s career may be over due to lingering injuries and defensive back Divaad Wilson tore his ACL not long after enrolling this semester.

Safe to say that G-Day on Saturday might not be as physical as Smart and the coaching staff would otherwise like as a result of trying to keep the team healthy as they prepare to head into a big offseason.

Old Dominion announces remodel, expansion plans for S.B. Ballard Stadium

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Old Dominion is making sure the first word in the school’s name is not the first thing you think of when you are playing against the Monarchs, joining a long list of their FBS peers with some significant upgrades for their home venue over the coming years. In plans approved this week by the university, ODU released renderings and an updated timeline on a $65 million remodel of S.B. Ballard Stadium that is set to begin as soon as this summer.

“We are excited to begin Phase 1 reconstruction,” said Greg DuBois, the school’s vice president for administration and finance. “Fan comfort and high-quality amenities are the primary focus of this phase. The project will help us create the type of game-day experience fans want and will set us up for future expansions.”

The stadium, some 81-years-old, will undergo a nearly complete teardown over the next two years in order to transform the place most know as Foreman Field. Both the east and west stands will be demolished and rebuilt, complete with new seating and a new press box. There will naturally be more restrooms and concession stands as part of the plan that includes plenty more bells and whistles for the Conference USA program. Seating is expected to grow beyond 21,000 or so capacity the current venue seats.

While construction will get started in the coming months, the bulk of activity will take place after the 2018 campaign is wrapped up at home and before kickoff of the opener in 2019. The Virginian-Pilot reports that funding will not utilize state funds but that the school is requesting that the legislature approve an added $10 million to the cost structure as a result of rising prices beyond the original $55 million forecasted.

2018 will be just the 10th season for the Monarchs (and fifth in FBS) since the football program was reinstated and it goes without saying that the new digs will be some of the nicest in CUSA when all is said and done. Few programs have been able to successfully navigate the transition as well as ODU has and it seems an updated stadium in the near future is the reward for head coach Bobby Wilder and others in Norfolk.