Commentary: Thank Gary (Andersen) this debacle isn't happening in Logan

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  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Both Idaho and NMSU need to do as one poster said. Drop football or go FCS. Neither school is ever going to attract any talent, great coach or not. Does the big sky have any openings? Weber could defeat NMSU.

  • WisCoug VERONA, WI
    Sept. 27, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I didn't watch (or hear) the Olberman remarks, but I am sure that his outrage is not with the idea that they are trying to provide incentives to get people to stay at the games (and to come at all), but to the fact that by adding fans to the pool, literally EVERYONE related to college football can now get paid EXCEPT for the players. Though, it does not sound like the school is making much $$$ off of their student-athletes anyhow.

    Personally, I think this is a great idea, but even now, as I sit here thinking about it, I don't think it would be worth it. I love football and if I had tickets, then I have not doubt that I would stay, but I can't imagine buying them in the first place to watch a team that runs a serious risk of going 0-12 year-in and year-out. Are the students covered by their tuition? That is the only way this even seems possible.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    GA is an amazing coach. I look at USU's talent on defense and see the exact same type of players that took Utah to the Sugar Bowl. GA could always find the diamond in the rough.

  • The Solution Las Cruces, NM
    Sept. 27, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Having recently moved from Las Cruces and lived there for 8 years, you can't blame the university's president for trying something out-of-the-box to get fan support. Their football program is awful because they can't get any recruits. The town of Las Cruces has nothing to offer, unless you have family living there and love Mexican food. The games actually attract a good crowd, but half of that crowd never goes into the stadium. They just stay outside for the fun tailgating... yes, tailgating is pretty decent with large BBQ tents, jumping balloons for the kids, etc. Whenever they get a decent coach, the coach leaves for something bigger and better the first moment he gets.

    It truly is a dire situation, and it is only a matter of time before they either drop the program or go to division II.