Comments went off on my blog last week when the Oregon State football team announced it scheduled a trip to Michigan in 2015 with no return date.
And rightfully so.
I’m sure the Beavers are getting a good piece of change to go to Ann Arbor. You could argue that the money is not needed with the Pac-12 Networks money. However, you always need more money.
If looking at the books and it helps the checking account, OK. The football team will take one on the chin again so the entire athletic department can run.
Take the financial bottom line out of it, and that’s not a game that’s needed. The Beavers need wins to get six wins every year for bowl eligibility. They need an I-AA team on the schedule and a lower level mid-major such as San Jose State, Idaho or UNLV.
OSU needs those two wins because the Pac-12 and Big Ten started up a scheduling agreement starting in 2017. So that creates a high probability of a loss.
And this was debated. OSU will be breaking in a new QB. Sean Mannion’s fifth year will be 2014. AD Bob De Carolis usually takes that under consideration, so the money must be good.