COLLATERAL CASH DAMAGE

By Marc Lawrence — ESPN reports the Big Ten athletic directors and presidents on Thursday decided to move all fall sports to a conference-only model, a decision that will have a snowball effect on the rest of college football. It will affect 36 scheduled opponents, including 28 from the FBS and eight from the FCS. Six FBS schools – Ball State, Bowling Green, BYU, Central Michigan, UConn and Northern Illinois – were scheduled to play two Big Ten opponents this season. In the process the Big Ten will lose marquee nonconference matchups, including Michigan’s road game at Washington on Sept. 5, Ohio State’s trip to Oregon on Sept. 12, Michigan State’s home game against Miami on Sept. 26, and Wisconsin’s contest against Notre Dame at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3. And speaking of the Irish, losing the Wisconsin game is significant, but the problem magnifies if the Pac-12 follows suit, because then Notre Dame would lose two additional games, in Stanford and USC. Then there is the collateral cash-damage to the non-conference foes that subsist largely on the income derived from these games, as visiting teams will forgo nearly $22.2 million – $10.5 million of which would have gone the neighboring MAC schools. The carnage continues.

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The Sun Sentinel reports that 26 players on the rosters of the 22 teams played games on the Disney campus in college in the Orlando Invitational over Thanksgiving throughout their careers, including Miami Heat teammates Jimmy Butler (Marquette) and Kelly Olynk (Gonzaga). They also point out that the Lopez brothers – Milwaukee teammates Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez – are huge Disney fans, and have made their affinity for the place very well-known in recent weeks.

Grinding Out The Profits

2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Former Top 50 four-star QB Justin Rogers entered the transfer portal and settled on UNLV. Two years ago he was the crown jewel of TCU’s 2018 class, but a gruesome knee injury in his senior year of high school curtailed his development in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Fort Worth. Rogers says he’s 100% healthy and ready to play, provided he’s granted immediate transfer eligibility. If so, he will team with former high school teammate WR Terrace Marshall while battling Armani Rogers, a terrific running quarterback. That would be good news for a UNLV squad that has had one winning season the last 19 years.

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