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According to Athlon FSU is 11th in the country
Ranking College Football's Coaching Jobs for 2013
I hate say it but I pretty much agree with this.
"Cons: Florida State has a nice following, but its fans can be on the fickle side. Last season, when the Seminoles had legitimate national title ambitions, Doak Campbell was “only” filled to 92 percent capacity. Not bad, but not quite up to standards of most programs of similar stature. Also, the ACC has been relatively weak in recent seasons; an undefeated ACC champ might not automatically play for a national title."
I say it's about right. Only team I have a problem with is UGA. They should be behind us.
UF had legitimate national title ambitions and yet their stadium was at best 80% filled for 2 of their last three home games. There is this perception that the SEC has a rabid following, and while they do, that rabid following has a tough time buying up tickets on Saturdays.
True but I was looking at the comment as much from a booster financial support standpoint as ticket sales.
considering their in state talent UGA could be top 5
they just don't have a coach capable of keeping those players in state
That may be the case (I dont know) but the article referenced ticket sales. Thats why I responded as I did.
We made the stadium too big
I disagree, FSU was selling out in 2001-2005. UF, LSU, Alabama, UGA all had games where their stadium wasn't full this season. It's the culmination of HD, the economy cupcakes. For our case, add in home-stands of 3-4 consecutive weeks and a program that was average for 10 years, you're bound to have empty seats. There was a recent article published in which the president of the boosters expected season tickets to sell our by 2014.
I think UF should be ranked in the top 10, but #2 in the country---no way.
The only issue I have with the top-10 is with Georgia. I would have USC behind Ohio State too. While USC has a huge academic endowment, Ohio State has roughly $50 million more in their athletic budget per year.
As for FSU, their issue isn't TV money, it's booster contributions and season ticket holders. UF derives 80% of their budget from those. If FSU could increase their annual booster/season ticket income by $10 million, they would be among the top-10 wealthiest athletic department in college football. Add an SEC like TV contract in with that and we're on a level playing field with UF.
Remember this, BC, NC State and Clemson have all fielded elite teams within the last 10 years. College football is cyclical.
Totally agree. Ahead of Alabama,OSU and USC is crazy.
Count me as someone who thinks a 78K stadium would have been wiser. But anways.....
Flame me if need be but I believe Texas A&M could be considered top 5 going forward. They are on pace to chug all of Texas' milkshake and if they do they hold sway over a state that has two teams, three counting Oklahoma who signs 95% Texans, yet produces 3 five stars and 40 four stars every year. With SEC money and boosters likely coming out of the woodwork they wont be losing coaches either.
Probably so, until Mack Brown is gone
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