QUOTE(Spin @ Jul 11 2012, 09:45 AM)
Wow, those attendance figures make you look at Akron (and other MAC schools) and shrug your shoulders.
Pretty neat how things work out when you have a plan, eh?
We have had plenty of plans in the MAC. The problem is, the plan is usually as follows:
1. Hold hand grenade with both hands. One hand holding the release handle closed and the other grasping the release pin with one finger.
2. Pull out release pin.
3. Allow the release handle to open.
4. Throw pin.
As an example, the MAC whores itself out to ESPN and plays on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in front of a few hundred people. Leaders of the MAC really believe this is good for the Conference so they throw the pin because they don't know any better. UTSA, App. State, etc. don't care about TV and only desire to put a good product on the field and they play in front of tens of thousands of people. MAC leaders believe in the illusion they might be able to create. App State, UTSA believe in the reality of what they have and maximize their ability the best they can and lots of fans respond to that. The UTSAs of the world are willing to throw the grenade. Even if they don't hit anything, they have tried their best and at least didn't blow themselves up.
The reality is as follows. If the MAC or 90% of their athletic directors believe something will work, the opposite is true. They have so overthought things, they no longer know what a good decision or bad decision is. They only believe more is better. By more, they mean more stadiums and more lines on their resumes saying what they did to build those stadiums. More teams in the conference. More indoor training arenas.
What makes me sad is the MAC can be everything the Southern Conference
is and better if they would just put a better product on the field at a time when people can go to the games. They play mostly afternoon games. Every SoCon school is in a state that has at least one BCS team in it just like the MAC. In those states, the fans of the BCS teams are just as passionate about their BCS team as they are in the midwest. Those schools also have alumni that follow both their SoCon school and a BCS school. Many SoCon schools get huge crowds and aren't located anywhere near a major city. Anyone know where App State is or Western Carolina? You damn near need a mule to get you there. We have tons of excuses for why we fall short. They pull up their pants and get to work putting a good Conference together.
I don't hate the MAC. In fact, it could be a much better conference and I wish that was the case. I absolutely can't stand the leadership of the Conference and their self serving ways that are complicating our ability to be a better Conference.