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Saban, New Mexico State, Interesting Article

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-01-2016

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Randy Harrison, Albuquerque Journal Sports Editor wrote an interesting article in today’s paper, Jan 17, 2016, “Disparity in college football only gets worse”. You can read the article for your self if you would like to read the article online. It poses an interesting idea. Could a coach like Saban come to a losing program like New Mexico State and field a winning team. It pointed out that Coach Saban makes around 7 million a year, the football program at Bama brings in about 97 million a year and it spends about 51 million per year. Average attendance is 101,821 per game.  New Mexico State had to take money from Learfield Sports to buy tickets to maintain the 15,000 paid attendance necessary to remain in the FBS Div. I program. The NMSU athletic department spends about 6.4 million on it’s football program and worries that they may have to drop down to playing Div II program. …..The article went on to ask if the GOAT (greatest coach of all time) come into a school like NMSU and turn their football program around. The goat reference was to the fact that if the onsides kick had not worked in the championship game, Coach Saban could have been the goat instead of the GOAT. …. Lack of money, lack of good recruits willing to come there, lack of fans in a town of roughly 80,ooo folks and many who think that schools are for education and not about athletics are real negatives. If any coach was willing to come in for less money, willing to accept the challenge and salesman enough to change some folks, the answer is yes, he could. I don’t think there will ever be a current head coach that would do that. But there are some mastermind young assistant coaches out there that could turn the program but the larger question is, could they keep them after they started winning? Probably not. Well, Coach Saban, do you want to give all that up and come on down to Las Cruces, NM? Oh, by the way, the town is located a few miles up the road from El Paso, TX if you are wondering. And the real question asked there daily is, “Red or Green”…..Oh, and that question is about chilies… It has ideal weather, Coach, and the living is easy…Come on down….

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