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Lost Hope

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