Please note: I do not want everyone to think I read Tim Griffin's ESPN Big 12 blog looking for chances to disagree with him. But when I have reasons to disagree, they will be aired. This is one of those times.
Griffin starts every day's links post with a lead-in, a short commentary on some topic or other. Today, his topic is Thursday-night college football games. More specifically...
The bigger Big 12 schools traditionally have not wanted to move their games around. But it would seem that a school itching to build some national notoriety -- are you listening Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas State? -- would like to jump into a programming slot where a lot of people would be watching their games.
Let me just go ahead and say it. K-State home football games are, and should always be, a Saturday event. Period.
Griffin notes that the bigger schools, presumably the Oklahomas and Texases (or is it Texasses?) are reluctant to move their games around. There really is no need for them to be creative about their scheduling. Their games will be on TV more often than not.
Later in the story, Griffin notes that the Thursday-night model has worked well for the schools in the ACC and Big East, whose teams you almost always see on the WWL on Thursday nights. The reason the model has worked well for these schools is precisely the reason it works well for the "big" schools of the Big 12, and why it is a terrible idea for the "smaller" schools of the Big 12:
These schools are, by and large, located in (or near) large cities.
Below is a list of ACC and Big East schools, followed by the city in which they are located, further followed by the city's population:
As you can see, only three of those schools -- Virginia, Va. Tech, and
By contrast, let's look at
Nearest relevant cities (
Students account for about 7,500 seats in Snyder Family Stadium. That leaves about 42,500 seats for everyone else. The majority of those seats are filled by K-State fans from KC,
For this reason alone, K-State should never give in to playing games on Thursday night. However, there are more reasons. When it was announced that K-State was moving its home game with
The primary argument
Bill Snyder changed that by winning games, division titles, and conference titles. The same can happen under Ron Prince.