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BigCatDaddy
01-04-2008, 08:11 AM
Other then the national title games, aren't these really just glorified exhibition games. Half the teams could probably care less if they win or lose and have had a month off from playing a game; while teams like MU, KU, Michigan,and WV all have chips on their shoulder and play like it's a national title game. How much do these games really tell us about how good a team is?

DaKCMan AP
01-04-2008, 08:15 AM
Conference pride, team bragging rights and (most importantly) DOLLA DOLLA BILLS Y'ALL

mikeyis4dcats.
01-04-2008, 08:18 AM
some schools lose money playing in bowl games by the time they pay expenses. It really is about the marketing and ad revenue for the sponsors and to a certain extent about giving the players something to play for and to extend their season. Coaches like it for recruiting and extra practice time.

Pushead2
01-04-2008, 08:18 AM
Conference pride, team bragging rights and (most importantly) DOLLA DOLLA BILLS Y'ALL

What he said.....


Go Blue...:)

BigCatDaddy
01-04-2008, 08:19 AM
Conference pride, team bragging rights and (most importantly) DOLLA DOLLA BILLS Y'ALL

Let me rephrase that. Does winnig a bowl game mean anything? Since each team gets paid the same regardless. The players don't get paid a dime.

The proof is the number of coaches who take another job before the games even get here. That shows you have important most think the games are.

DaKCMan AP
01-04-2008, 08:22 AM
Let me rephrase that. Does winnig a bowl game mean anything? Since each team gets paid the same regardless. The players don't get paid a dime.

The proof is the number of coaches who take another job before the games even get here. That shows you have important most think the games are.

The first 2 don't deal with money and only apply to winning.

This year there were more coaching departures from bowl teams than usual. Even in years past some coaches stay to coach the games (Urban Meyer at Utah) even though they've accepted new jobs.

mikeyis4dcats.
01-04-2008, 08:24 AM
Let me rephrase that. Does winnig a bowl game mean anything? Since each team gets paid the same regardless. The players don't get paid a dime.

The proof is the number of coaches who take another job before the games even get here. That shows you have important most think the games are.


as I said, aside from the payouts (which get divvied up a lot, soi the school doesn't get it all, except ND) the big draw is for recruiting and practice time.

If a coach is looking to move on to another job, he will leave when he wants, but most schools probably would prefer they leave if they aren't going to devote their efforts to the game. Most of the coaches who leave do so to begin buiulding staffs and such, and since coaches are usually hired and fired in the weeks between the season and bowl games, you can't hardly blame them for trying to beat the competition.