The Texas football program may be down on the field, but its ancillary income off of it sure isn’t.
The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, announced Tuesday that, once again, Texas topped all schools in licensing revenue for the period between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. This marks the ninth consecutive year that UT has been ranked No. 1 by CLC.
Unfortunately, the financial particulars for each school weren’t released, although the CLC did state in its release that “[t]he retail marketplace for college-licensed merchandise in 2013 was estimated at $4.59 billion.”
Just as was the case in 2013, Alabama was No. 2 in licensing revenue behind Texas, followed by No. 3 Michigan (No. 4 in 2013), No. 4 Notre Dame (No. 3) and No. 5 Georgia (No. 8). Of those in the Top 10, Florida State, coming off a wildly successful 2013 season that saw Seminoles claim the last BCS title and add its third Heisman winner, jumped up 13 spots, going from No. 21 in 2012-13 all the way into the Top 10 at No. 8 this latest revenue cycle.
Below is the CLC’s list of the Top 75 universities in licensing revenue for 2013-14:
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”