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RE: 2019 Big Ten football schedule: softest EVER?
(01-30-2019 05:09 PM)Statefan Wrote:  
(01-30-2019 03:59 PM)JRsec Wrote:  
(01-30-2019 01:52 PM)UTEPDallas Wrote:  JRSec,

Don Haskins got death threats after winning the NC in 1966. He said there were times he wished his Texas Western team never beat Kentucky. But he opened a lot of doors for black basketball players and Adolph Rupp of all people recruited the first black player right after. Some schools had one or two black players but a team never had five black starters. Haskins said Disney put it like he planned it to make a political statement but he only started his best five players and they happened to be black. Haskins was lucky he lived on the other side of Texas which wasn’t segregated and it was used to diversity being a border town and a major Army base. It also helped UTEP was the first college in Texas that was integrated so they were years ahead of most colleges.

I remember that. The guy was saying Jim Crow prevented the Big 10 from wanting to come South to play. Those threats were because of the post season and Rupp. And there were schools even in the South that were ahead of the curve on integration, but very few. Alabama public schools were integrated by 65 with the real push coming in 67 & 68. SEC schools lagged that by 3 to 4 years depending on the school. Scheduling changed after the OU/UGa vs NCAA case. When schools could play as many times on TV as they wished and dates for TV were no longer managed between the NCAA & ABC that's when networks really started wanting more cross conference play for the sake of viewer numbers.

I'm certainly not justifying the decisions of schools back then, but I am saying that by 83 Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker, and those who had gone before them, had pretty well killed, or were killing, Jim Crow for SEC football. But Jim Crow didn't prohibit scheduling OOC games, the TV contract did since most AD revenue was coming from ticket sales for local games.

JR - you misread me.

I wrote:

The issue is hypocrisy. Saying one thing, particularly preaching that one thing, and then doing another.

Cheating in college sports is one thing for example. Cheating and then claiming you never cheat is hypocrisy.

The B10 has a lot of mouth regarding certain issues or perhaps it's more to the point to say that Michigan has a lot of mouth and the Big 10 follows along to the tune.

The genesis of much of the Big 10 mouth is animus toward the South's Jim Crow policies - a legitimate issue when Jim Crow ran almost all of the South. I'm not equating Jim Crow with Michigan and other upper Mid-West anti-Catholic bias. It's really not even a close thing. But it was a thing.

Claiming that you are somehow better because you schedule MAC type programs as opposed to FCS programs is that type of hypocrisy, especially if you can't beat the Southern schools when you do meet on the football field.

Okay. I see what you are getting at now. Hypocrisy was what I was highlighting as well but my focus was the TV and travel costs being the reason for regionalism. The South got slammed on civil rights and rightfully so. But those pointing the most fingers were neighbors of ours in Michigan and the segregation hadn't died there either as I noted. What always gave me a chuckle were the anti-busing riots in Pontiac and Boston half a decade after integration was completed in the South in public schools and a full decade after the Civil Rights Movement hit its peak. Northern segregation was a zoned in process where in the South it clearly on racial lines. The NET effect however was very very similar. And even in the 60's when I lived up there I didn't really see much anti-Catholic bias. What stood out in addition to the issues for African Americans was the discrimination directed at Native Americans.

I've lived on the West Coast, Texas, the Southeast, the Northern Midwest and Canada. Prejudice has been present in all places, but the locals in each place prioritized who they discriminated against differently in each locale.
01-30-2019 05:24 PM
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RE: 2019 Big Ten football schedule: softest EVER?
(01-25-2019 01:48 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  FBSchedules commented on the Big Ten 2019 Football schedule this off season... it's softer than a mountain of pillows! Five B1G teams - including both Ohio State and Wisconsin - don't play a single P5 non-conference opponent, and two teams - Indiana and Minnesota - play no P5's AND get an FCS game too. I wrote about it on ACCFootballRx and came to this conclusion myself:

Quote:The Big Ten has played a very easy non-conference schedule for many years, but the 2019 schedule may be the softest schedule they've ever played as a group. Just remember this: if the Big Ten Championship Game comes down to Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, no matter what the teams' overall record, they will have ZERO P5 non-conference wins between them!

Given that a Buckeyes/Badgers CCG is a VERY real possibility... will that result in the Big Ten missing the playoffs yet again?


If Big Ten teams don't play a P5 game OOC, then they will play as many P5 opponents total as most of the ACC and SEC.

But most of them do...which means that most of them will play more P5 opponents than the SEC and ACC. Let THAT stat lead as your headline, please.
02-02-2019 02:21 AM
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