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Lost Hope


  by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:54 AM
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Lost Hope
Monday was a bad day for me. It was one where I lost some hope.

I knew it was a long shot, but I had hope that we could one day get into a better league. I knew the Big 12 was a geographical nightmare but I loved the idea. I knew the SEC had no plans at the time to expand but I still had a little hope.

My hope went away this week when the ACC announced its grant of rights for media money had been agreed to by all of the schools in the league.

This announcement was huge for the ACC. The Atlantic Coast Conference will not suffer any defections before 2027. This was a win for solidarity. The ACC was smart in pushing this through. John Swofford looks like a genius. This was great news for Duke and Wake Forest. It was a good day for Boston College. The possibility of those schools leaving did not exist.

But for the football fans at Clemson and Florida State I think it was a bad day.

Clemson and FSU will now have to face the fact that their arch rivals, South Carolina and Florida, will make millions and millions more money than they will over the next 13 years. The gap in money will widen and the Gamecocks and Gators will end up making over $100,000,000 more million dollars over the next 13 years. Over $100 million! That should be hard to swallow if you are a Tiger or Seminole.

Some may ask how this is the case but the numbers from their TV contracts indicate this gap. Also my guess is that the SEC will make more in the playoffs than the ACC, so the gap could be even wider. Two years ago South Carolina made and spent $20 million more than Clemson. That is a pill to swallow.

But my hope was for more than just money. I wanted to expand our identity and build on our strengths.

Clemson and Florida State are football schools located in the south. Now they will be tied for the next 13 years to a basketball conference with a bunch of schools in the North.

As a Clemson fan I can identify with football. This is our identity. This past weekend Syracuse had 3,000 fans for their spring game. How big of a priority is college football in the state of New York?

Football fans in Pittsburgh, PA can't tell you the starting defensive line for the Pitt Panthers but they can name every member of the Steelers' Steel Curtain defense because it is a pro town.

My hearts went out to the city of Boston last week, but I still have little in common with the small fan base for Boston College football.

I don't look like them. I don't dress like them. I don't eat like them. I certainly don't talk like them.

I am from the South and I love college football. Even in the South I have little in common with the Crazies that pack Cameron or the wine and cheese crowd at the Dean Dome.

When I get together with friends, we talk about college football. We can't get enough of it. I know that is the case in the SEC. My guess is that is the case in Austin, TX, Norman, OK, Stillwater, OK and Morgantown, WV. My guess is this is not the case in most of the markets of the ACC.

This summer Clemson fans will call my radio show and have it out with Georgia fans in anticipation of the season opener. I wonder how many will call about the first trip to Syracuse coming later this season?

Not all news is bad. We still get to play a non-conference game with Notre Dame. I guess that is not a bad deal. Also Louisville acts like they want to be a big player in football now, so that doesn't stink.

I know I am probably in the minority but I never liked this conference and the new additions like Boston College, Syracuse and Pittsburgh drive me away even more.

I also knew that it was a long shot but at least I had hope when it came to getting in a new conference. Now that hope is gone. More trips to Winston-Salem and Durham are in my future. Plane trips for football isn't natural but plane flights to Austin, TX are better than ones to Boston, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Last summer I thought the league's dynamics had changed when we found out that 80% of the television deals were based upon football. For the first time in my lifetime Clemson was not at the back of the ACC bus. The Tobacco Road schools knew that Clemson and Florida State had control of the league and they were scared to death that the league could crumble if the Tigers or Seminoles left. Clemson and FSU had all of the power and all of the leverage. That power and leverage went away this week.

Coach K sounded like he won a national title this week. He was a happy man. Why shouldn't he be? He is a basketball coach and his basketball league was saved. He now has even more chances to recruit urban areas in the Northeast.

However, we are a southern football school stuck in a basketball conference for at least another 13 years. Over the next 13 years I will look at the departure boards at the airport and wish my plane was headed somewhere other than my northern destination for the weekend. Maybe Jimmy Buffett could write a song about that one.

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Mickey Plyler's Blog: Lost Hope
TigerNet News®
they spent "$20 more than Clemson".. REALLY?
RU4GOD2®
^^^ doesn't go to away games.***
KNIGHTIGER
time to move on Mick
profuscious
Point.***
SOLOS®
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Lost Hope
NGaTiger
Good blog Mickey. My sentiments exactly.
AThomas®
This is bigger than football
CU2013®
Geographically logical rivals? Syracuse? BC? Pitt?
AThomas®
How about playing against the GB Packers and Dallas Cowboys?
Wookie
Let's not kid ourselves
CU_Kobe_24®
please let me know when you go for interviews if ANYONE
Tigerfansince1972®
I mentioned before our affiliation with the ACC got me a job
jj1492®
'The strength of conferences comes in shifts.' That WAS
joeyb®
Unless its the Ivy League, what athletic conference the
tigerfield
agreed....most people you interview with unless it's a grad
Tigerfansince1972®
Not true, see my comment above.
jj1492®
We have seen it. It is a rare situation***
jcope
Vt may never be what they were and Gt has its issues as
jcope
Good Grief Mickey....you are smarter than this..I think
milerock®
Re: Good Grief Mickey....you are smarter than this..I think
RidgeTig®
Then you will have no trouble giving me your
milerock®
Somebody please Give Mickey an all expenses paid trip
milerock®
When the SEC chose MIssouri the writing was on the wall
cu1981fans
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Lost Hope
lhaselden
Excellent post
cu1981fans
No it's not. Not even a little bit.
Clemsnman®
Re: No it's not. Not even a little bit.
lhaselden
Sorry, Mickey, but it boils down to this:
uproar84®
Good, common sense post.
GrayBengal®
Re: No it's not. Not even a little bit.
IvegottheCooties
The SEC Network will carry awful games...
uproar84®
Re: No it's not. Not even a little bit.
COtiger82
Oh for goodness sake. Ridiculous. ******
Wookie
I"m not one to usually criticize blog posts
tiger_thom®
Apparently I'm not good enough for Mickey Plyler...
ADK_Tiger®
Your being kind. The blog post is absurd.
Wookie
Re: Your being kind. The blog post is absurd.
StLouisTiger
This applies to me as well. Good post.***
NewEnglandTiger
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Lost Hope
jif91®
Lost Perspective***
acevans
NAILED IT 100% MICKEY
PioneerG
Well, try holding your breath. About
GrayBengal®
I get the impression that a lot of people either don't get
surroundedtiger
i get the feeling a lot of people don't have all the
deadsolidperfect
I'm staying by my computer!***
cutigerbob®
you're a thoughtful poster...
deadsolidperfect
Re: I get the impression that a lot of people either don't get
lhaselden
here's the challenge though...
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: here's the challenge though...
lhaselden
hopefully so in November
Tigerfansince1972®
we seem to lose too many of our top targeted ol & dl. i'm
deadsolidperfect
agreed......very thoughtful and intelligence post as always.***
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: here's the challenge though...
tomtomusc
Re: here's the challenge though...
lhaselden
Re: I get the impression that a lot of people either don't get
COtiger82
what do you mean....
Tigerfansince1972®
how many nanners did it take to get gwp, lbu & dave
deadsolidperfect
Gotta be gwp, lbu & dave. I'm not that hairy.***
cutigerbob®
Perhaps you could enlighten us? ******
Wookie
A lot of people don't get the facts. You can cry all
cu1981fans
I guarantee that the Clemson board, Pres and AD know way
Wookie
Re: I guarantee that the Clemson board, Pres and AD know way
Litefoot®
Umm, pretty sure that's what dsp was saying -- that those of
cutigerbob®
Whoops. No, you're right. That response was meant for
Wookie
no worries wookie...
deadsolidperfect
That's what they all say...at first. ******
Wookie
is that some sort of icebreaker big fella?
deadsolidperfect
You two really need to get a room.***
cutigerbob®
i'm holding out for the ritz...
deadsolidperfect
You don't know what can happen next!!
tigercak
Dear Mickey,
BigDaddy®
Misspelled "Deer". But due to your gif, you are excused.***
cutigerbob®
Re: When the SEC chose MIssouri the writing was on the wall
MackDaddy®
Stop Whining and Get Over It
bprice563
Re: I agree with Mickey
29575tiger
Odd how nobody mentions the $100 million disparity or
Ridgeland Booster
Re: Odd how nobody mentions the $100 million disparity or
Litefoot®
Repost for the afternoon crowd...
cutigerbob®
Can I get back my lost 43 seconds reading this?
CUdude98
Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Lost Hope
Motor City Bengal
We were not going to get invited to the SEC. They were
Clemson81to85
Are we really a football school?
tigersuper
Re: Are we really a football school?
uproar84®
Ha ha ha!...wait...you're serious!?!
Wookie
Is this 2013 or 1863?
FEEL
Couldn't agree more Mickey!***
Clemson_Orange
Sorry but
etigeratl

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