Monday night, another chapter in the age old rivalry between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide takes place.
November and December were exciting months in the world of college football and the events causing the excitement not only involved money but highlighted the differences between, let us say for purposes of illustration, college athletic departments and their philosophy departments.
Strength of schedule has no impact on the probability of a coach being fired. And winning definitely helps. So coaches shouldn't try and seek out the best competition for their team.
At best, Notre Dame is the fifth best team in the nation and, according to our projections, on a neutral field, would be an underdog to at least four teams in the SEC.
Many D-II and D-III student athletes were and still are talented enough to play at the D-I level, but academics and school size of D-II and D-III institutions are more suited for students who purposefully attempt to be as successful in the classroom as they are on the field.
You might be surprised to learn that at its inception in the mid-1800s, cheerleading was an all-male sport. Indeed, cheerleading helped launch the political careers of three U.S. Presidents.
If it costs a small fortune to fire your coach -- and often it does -- then a team is probably better off just keeping who they have on the sideline. Yes, this may not make the fans of the losers very happy today. But it doesn't make sense for universities to make decisions that cost the school money.
If students want to transfer, there are things they must do to maximize their chances of success in transferring and ideally finding happiness at their current college.
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While big football programs bring in huge revenues, their players are often left with no money, no college degree and few job prospects. Among the top 25 teams in the BCS standings this year, just over half their football players managed to graduate.
The move by Bret Bielema to accept a higher paying job at the University of Arkansas weeks before his team is slated to play in the Rose Bowl raises an age-old question: Are massive football and basketball salaries for coaches at institutions of higher learning justified?
One of the better rivalries in college football has also been one of the more lopsided rivalries in college football recently.
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If records are truly meant to be broken, as the old sports adage goes, then Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o should become the first purely defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
Notre Dame is undefeated, and that counts for something. However, this year's Irish are the least impressive undefeated team in recent memory.
We finished 8-4 in just our second year of existence. This program is for real and we are here to stay. However, 8-4 won't be good enough next year and we are taking that mentality into the offseason. It's time, once again, to prepare 353 days for 12 Saturdays on the gridiron.