I e-mailed the following message to some folks in the athletic dept. Thoughts?
Just thought I'd pass along a suggestion for Saturday night's big events for the athletic dept. It would be great if the athletic dept could show the Heisman trophy presentation live on the (brand new) jumbotron at Coleman Coliseum at 7pm on Saturday night. If promoted, I think it would get a very positive response from the fans, especially if the football players (and maybe even the SEC trophy?) gathered there as well.
Of course this would serve two purposes for the athletic department: first, it would entice even more fans to come out and hopefully pack the Coliseum for our nationally televised basketball showdown with top-ten ranked Purdue immediately following the presentation at 8pm, and second, it could even be a possible marketing tool for the football team since ESPN (whose cameras will be in the Coliseum already for the game) could show the live fan (and possibly player) reaction in case Ingram wins.
Alternatively, I fear that the Heisman presentation, if not shown in the Coliseum, will keep many fans at home when our basketball team is facing what could possibly be the biggest home game all year. Think about how many fans from Birmingham or elsewhere will choose to stay home and watch, or how many fans in Tuscaloosa will show up late. A sparse crowd for our first nationally televised home game would be embarrassing, not to mention Coach Grant and the team need a big home court advantage for us to upset Purdue.
I hope you will consider this suggestion as a win-win for the University of Alabama and the athletic dept in particular. Please forward this e-mail to the appropriate recipients in case they are not already included.
Thank you, and Roll Tide!