Tip-Off for 9/5/12 (featuring Gil Scott-Heron): HBCUs are allowing themselves to be played by the NCAA
This game gave me good reason to lose my head…
The only numbers that were embarrassing in Oklahoma State’s beatdown of Savannah State last week was the $385,000 that Savannah State University signed up for to be a notch on a OSU Cowboys season that’s going nowhere. Oklahoma State is a Big 12 participant and the best they could do in their season opener was Savannah State?
Enough of this, We play the games on the schedule garbage! You want a BCS Championship earn it!
Score 84 on Oklahoma…then dance! No points here fella…
As a member of the MEAC conference the Savannah State Tigers are an NCAA Division I participant. The school of about 4,500 boasts such alumnus as James E. Wright and Curtis Cooper and is the oldest HBCU in the state of Georgia. The athletic program is Division I across the board and dedicates about $2 million per year to its department.
I’ll just take a wild guess that Oklahoma State has ten times the enrollment and dedicates maybe $10 million to their football program alone.
Saturday’s contest (for lack of a better term) was an embarrassment for both schools as well the NCAA. OSU billionaire booster Boone Pickens expressed his wish for a tougher non-conference schedule. “I just think we can do better,” Boone said via the Associated Press. “Notre Dame’s already booked but I’d just as soon play Notre Dame. Everybody wants to play Notre Dame.”
Blame for scheduling the game was placed at the feet of conference realignment.
The Cowboys scored 35 points in the first quarter which was enough for coach Mike Gundy to pull his starters. OSU outgained the Tigers in yardage 682 to 139. Savannah State had more penalty yards (69) than rushing yards (58). The only statistic the visitors won decisively was time of possession. Mike Gundy said prior to Saturday that he wants to ”play the three easiest teams we can play and then play conference.”
Oklahoma State has won 23 games in the last two seasons compared to just two for Savannah State.
My issue is that HBCUs are viewed by the NCAA as more of a novelty than schools who are just as competitive on a smaller scale. Small cozy campuses, kick ass bands and easy wins on the schedule are all they see. Savannah State was 4-72 against competition from the Football Championship Subdivision which is a level below OSU’s Football Bowl Subdivision.
Savannah State saw the payout as a come up for the school but was the $385,000 carrot Savannah State snatched up with the quickness even worth it?
“We’re going to have to readdress that. You get paid for certain things, but I don’t know if at the end of the day, some things are worth the payments you get. But we’ll see. Those are conversations we’ll have. Said SSU coach Steve Davenport.
My impresssion is that many of these once-proud HBCU programs are being put into a position to choose between tradition and a dollar. They have become programs for hire that the NCAA reluctantly offers to partake in their bountiful spread but would rather have them settle for the crumbs that fall from the table.
Savannah State collects again this Saturday against Florida State.
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Chicken soup for my Black soul!