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:
(Writer’s note: Not all of the big-name college football programs are licensed through CLC. Three years ago, USC signed a 10-year agreement with fledgling Silver Star Merchandising, while some schools, Ohio State included, run licensing from within their own athletic department.)
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.