Happy Friday, everyone. Today we await the SEC vote on when in June players will return to campus for workouts. In the meantime, Greg Byrne is doubling down on Saban’s PSA.
Byrne had previously shared that he read about a study suggesting that everyone wearing masks would reduce transmission by more than 90%. What does that mean for you?
It means that no matter how many times your uncle falsely tells you that wearing a relatively porous mask intended only to stop droplets when you spray it while you say it, or sneeze, or cough, will give you carbon dioxide poisoning in the grocery store, or how many Youtubers tell you that the gubmint is just trying to see who will be submissive, or how you think they look dumb (though it may be an improvement for some if we are being honest here), many of the folks who are in charge of public venues are going to ask you to wear them.
What you do with that is up to you, I guess. Be hella ironic if folks who refuse to wear them ended up in a version of self quarantine out of protest, wouldn’t it?
Big Al won’t be in that group if he wants to stay gainfully employed, as Cecil notes.
Nick Saban will find another elephant in the transfer portal if it comes to that. https://t.co/dFUBdhB1G6— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) May 21, 2020
In case you wondered just how much cheddar would be lost in the event of a canceled season:
Quite simply, college athletics might not have a financial choice.
Rishe estimates that the 65 Power 5 schools would collectively lose more than $4 billion in football revenues, with at least $1.2 billion of that due to lost ticket revenue. Each Power 5 school would see at least an average loss of $62 million in football revenue, including at least $18.6 million in football ticket sales, he said.
It goes without saying that this would be catastrophic for college athletics. We’ve already seen quite a few cuts across the country, most recently ECU tennis and swimming. Lots of student athletes stand to lose scholarships if football can’t go on.
This is one of the reasons that it will, come hell or high water.
Moving on, Lane Kiffin spoke about the toughest stadiums in which to play, but also his favorite game.
But what was his favorite game as a coach?
“At the time, national championships are,” Kiffin explained. There were some special moments at FAU even though it wasn’t on the same type of level. ... That first conference championship was neat.
“I guess I would say Alabama-Clemson because it was the last national championship I was a part of. The game went back and forth so many directions. Each team had over 500 yards of offense. It was crazy.”
Good choice, Lane.
Derrick Henry is still hoping for a long term deal with the Tennessee Titans.
In the final season of his four-year rookie contract, Henry led the NFL in rushing in 2019. The Titans used their non-exclusive franchise tag on the running back to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March. Henry signed the tag tender in April. He’ll be paid $10.278 million for the 2020 season unless a new contract is worked out by July 15.
$10 million for this year wouldn’t be too shabby, but something tells me that they get something bigger done soon.
Last, what would be more New Orleans than having the football stadium named for a site that features nude webcam girls?
Stripchat, which bills itself as “one of the world’s leading adult webcam sites,” is announcing a bid of up to $15,000,000 for the naming rights to the Superdome.
“We’d like to name it the ‘Stripchat Superdome’ and for it to be the home to the future Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints,” Max Bennett, the Stripchat Communications Director, wrote in the bid.
The existing 10-year contract with Mercedes-Benz for naming rights expires next year.
This has to happen, doesn’t it?
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.