Before Colorado played a single down of football this season, head coach Mike MacIntyre assessed what the NCAA, Pac-12 and television networks were asking from the Buffaloes in scheduling.
His reaction? “That’s ludicrous.”
Uh, oh. Here we go again.
As the college football season reached its midway point, much of the national conversation shifted to West Coast gossip after Washington coach Chris Petersen publicly lamented the abundance of late-night kickoffs, and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit fired back, “You should be thanking ESPN,” for the exposure. So, what’s MacIntyre’s beef?
College football fans in Colorado have grown accustomed to Pac-12 and Mountain West games sometimes lasting into the next morning in the Mountain Time Zone. Colorado State kicks off at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against Nevada. CU doesn’t start until 8:45 p.m. next week at Washington State and has already hosted Petersen’s Huskies with an 8 p.m. kick on Fox Sports 1. Combined between both conferences, 18 of their games have been featured on either ESPN or ESPN 2 this fall — and only three of those kicked off before 6 p.m.
Common sense spells out the negatives: Less viewership on the East Coast, late travel home, fewer families with children in attendance, and the list goes on. But MacIntyre knows better than most how tenuous college football scheduling has become.
The NCAA approved a new measure for the 2017-18 academic year that mandates student-athletes receive one full day off from team activities each week, but in accordance with certain travel restrictions. Per NCAA rules, if CU arrived back on campus after 5 a.m. Sunday following a road game, it could not count that day toward its total — forcing the Buffaloes to take off needed practice time later in the week.
“If we got back in at 6:15 in the morning from our trip in Southern California … …read more
Source:: The Denver Post