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NCAAF: Alabama vs. Miami in a 2012 opener at the Georgia Dome?

May 5, 2010 Comments off

Alabama played in the 2008 and 2009 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Now there’s talk of the Crimson Tide returning in 2012.

Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, told the Miami Herald that he would like to match Miami against Alabama in the 2012 kickoff game. If not Alabama, he said, Auburn, Georgia or South Carolina would be opponents to consider.

Alabama defeated Clemson in the 2008 opener at the Georgia Dome and came back last season to defeat Virginia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

Last week, it was reported that Alabama and Georgia Tech will postponed a home-and-home series. The two schools were scheduled to play in 2013 and 2014. Makeup dates have not been announced.

Miami athletics director Kirby Hocutt told the Herald that he wants to schedule a 2012 game at a neutral site. A game in Chicago against a Big East or Big Ten team also is being considered.

The 2012 Chick-Fil-A game would pay each participant $2.25 million, the Herald said.

“It’s something we would be interested in,” Hocutt told the Herald.

Tennessee and North Carolina State already are scheduled to play in one kickoff game at the Georgia Dome in the opening weekend of the 2012 season, according to the Herald. The proposed Miami game against Alabama or another Southeastern Conference team would be a second kickoff game that weekend.

Alabama defeated Miami 34-13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship.

NCAA: Notre Dame unlikely Big Ten candidate

December 18, 2009 Comments off

Notre Dame, which declined Big Ten membership in 1999, is one of three remaining major college football independents, along with Navy andArmy. The Fighting Irish play in the Big East in other sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, and in the CCHA in ice hockey.

Swarbrick acknowledged that the major football conferences make even more money from their own media contracts than the $9 million Notre Dame is paid annually by NBC for the football rights. In the Big Ten, TV and radio rights fees generate $20 million a year for the schools.

But Swarbrick said the football program considers factors other than revenue, according to the Tribune.

“All of this has a lot more to do with our priorities than it does with business issues,” Swarbrick said, according to the Tribune. “Our independence is tied up in a lot of the rivalries we have. We play Navy every year and have the tradition of USC weekends. Frankly, it works pretty well to play USC in October at home and in November at their place.”

Notre Dame is not the only school that could be courted by the Big TenMissouri also previously has been mentioned as a potential expansion choice for the conference, due to geographic and academic factors.

In a statement released Tuesday, Missouri, a Big 12 member, said it had not yet been approached about Big Ten membership — and didn’t rule out the possibility.

“Should there be an official inquiry or invitation, we would evaluate it based upon what would be in the best interest of MU athletically and academically,” the university said.

Other schools cited as potential candidates for Big Ten expansion have included Pittsburghand Rutgers, both members of the Big East.

If a team other than Notre Dame joined the Big Ten, it could set off a chain reaction across other conferences, similar to what took place when Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College bolted the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference. With that in mind, Notre Dame will keep an eye on the situation, Swarbrick said, according to the Tribune.

“The question that any school faces, not just Notre Dame, is: Does this start the dominoes falling again, like the last round of reconfiguration?” Swarbrick said, according to the report. “It’s less about our willingness to enter into discussions than what happens to the industry. What are the implications?”