Agreeing with Mack Brown?

This doesn’t happen that often.

If you weren’t around very much last week, then we ask that you read the following entry – Rebate? 18.3 plays per game…

Today, Sports Illustrated logs an article highlighting the disdain for the new rules that Big 12 Coaches are expressing. (Link) It is not often that I agree with Mack Brown. But, perhaps more “powers” will listen to him than listen to us (even though we have already made the exact same points as Mack).

“I hate it,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “I just think one of the greatest things about college football was the ability for teams to come back. And now the great plays right before the half, at the end of the game, are more limited than they used to be.”

Brown noted that last weekend’s matchup with Ohio State was 22 minutes shorter than the Longhorns’ big game against the Buckeyes last year.

“A little under 10 percent of the game is gone,” Brown said. “And I don’t think that’s fair to the fans.”

Additionally, I’d like to thank Bob Stoops & Mike Leach for taking my view on the topic.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it’s silly to think college football fans want less of a good thing, though.

“I’m not excited about it. I don’t know that our fans are,” he said. “We have 85,000 people at our games. Many people travel great distances, some travel five to six hours. I don’t know that they come to see a quick game, to see a game played in three hours.”

Among those who can’t see the rules revert fast enough is Texas Tech’s Mike Leach.

“Fans are getting cheated. Teams are getting cheated. It makes no sense. I haven’t heard any good reasons to do it. … I never heard one fan suggest the game was too long.

Last week, Jeff at StateFansNation said:

Those of us who PAY MONEY to attend college football games WANT TO SEE FOOTBALL. We pay all of that money to actually got to the game and see it played…why would we want it to be shorter and not longer?

Since LifeTimeRights and season ticket holders bought tickets under the impression that they were getting about 170 plays and three and half hours of football per game, are we now entitled to a rebate because we our purchase has now decreased by 10%?

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8 Responses to Agreeing with Mack Brown?

  1. Dan 09/12/2006 at 9:56 AM #

    You know, I came out all for the clock changes in the previous entry. However, after watching it play out in the Akron game, I’ve changed a bit.

    The rules on first down are great. Totally agree with them still.

    However, the rules on kickoff’s and change of possession are retarded and need to be reversed.

  2. BoKnowsNCS71 09/12/2006 at 10:11 AM #

    I wonder if I can get the WPC to reduce my season ticket cost and LTR donation, and WPC donation by the elimination of 18.3 plays? After all, when I signed up I was getting more game for my money. Seems only fair that I should get a rebate.

  3. BJD95 09/12/2006 at 11:26 AM #

    I agree with Dan. The first down delays were getting out of hand. Otherwise, the new rules are ridiculous.

  4. former pack fan 09/12/2006 at 11:51 AM #

    Bo, why don’t you go ahead and ask for a rebate for the crappy product that is being displayed on the field as well.

  5. BoKnowsNCS71 09/12/2006 at 1:13 PM #

    Can’t do that Former Fan.

    Being a Pack fan means taking the good with the bad. That’s why a victory always tastes sweeter at NCSU.

    The ship ain’t sunk yet — 10 more games to go. The Pack isn’t really responsible for the loss of the 18.3 plays per game. The geniuses at the NCAA get the credit for that.

  6. GAWolf 09/12/2006 at 2:02 PM #

    On Saturday I didn’t notice a reduction in TV timeouts. That’s my real beef with it all. If they want to shorten the games, shorten the commercials rather than the game.

    I’ll bet you a million dollars to a donut that the NCAA shortened the games to make them more convenient to fit in TV blocks and thus more appealing to the networks. At that point they’re presented with a crisis: Do we shorten the games to help sell the product to networks? Answer: yes. Can we afford to lose precious advertising minutes? Answer: No

    From this difficult equation the typical NCAA conclusion is thus generated: Screw the fans.

  7. MatSci94 09/12/2006 at 2:29 PM #

    The only people I’ve heard complain about the length of games is media people, who HAVE to be there so they can write their dopey stories.

    What they should do is take a page from the world cup advertising and get someone to pay for a logo overlay and “this series brought to you by…”

  8. youchuck 09/12/2006 at 7:16 PM #

    All the NCAA has to do is adopt the NFL timing rules. The NFL has enhanced timing except for the last five minutes of the half. NFL games are almost always less than three hours (except SNF/MNF due to more commercials). The College game had gotten out of hand with 4 hour games that we’re not OT. The worst part of the new college rule is when they run the clock after the ball is marked folllowing a punt or kickoff. Even the NFL does not wind the clock on a possession change until the ball is snapped on first down.

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