NEWS AND NOTES FROM CBS SPORTS NETWORK’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO SHOWS
Weekly Programming Includes “Inside College Football,” “Tony Barnhart Show” and “Tackling the Trends”
CBS Sports Network’s college football programming continues this week with INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL featuring Adam Zucker, along with analysts Aaron Taylor, Rich Rodriguez, Randy Cross and Brian Jones. Among the topics covered this week include the Conference USA-Mountain West merger, Notre Dame’s unique BCS requirements and the future of the Big East.
The TONY BARNHART SHOW, a weekly one-hour primetime college football talk show, airs tonight at 8:00 PM, ET. The show features interviews with NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, CBSSports.com’s BCS expert Jerry Palm and comedian Vic Henley.
TACKLING THE TRENDS, a weekly 30-minute show hosted by CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson, follows the Tony Barnhart Show at 9:00 PM, ET.
The following are excerpts from INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL:
(ON BCS BOWL REQUIREMENTS THAT APPLY ONLY TO NOTRE DAME)
Randy Cross: They’re not even ranked right now, but if they finish with nine wins, they would get into a BCS game with an at-large berth… Why in the heck should Notre Dame be treated any different than any other independent? You rank them and if they’re ranked high enough, if they win 11, or all of them, that’s when they deserve to be treated separately and special. There was a time, I’ll be the first one to tell you, that was a special program. But not this century.
To watch the whole segment, click this link: http://bit.ly/ql7pqr.
(ON CONFERENCE USA AND MOUNTAIN WEST MERGER)
Aaron Taylor: It’s about being proactive instead of reactive. Craig Thompson, the Mountain West commissioner and I spoke on Saturday and he said, ‘We had to do something that was bold and think outside-the-box.’ The reality is, the Mountain West and Conference USA are not any worse now than they would have been had they not done anything. The downside is minimal and the upside could potentially be significant.
To watch the whole segment, click this link: http://bit.ly/pKRdbX.
The following is an excerpt from the TONY BARNHART SHOW:
(ON FUNDRAISING IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL):
Chuck Todd: I feel like Miami too often tries to use the formula that an SEC school uses or a Big Ten school uses; they search for the big booster. And I think that’s what gets you in trouble with the booster Miami got themselves in trouble with right now. They’re always searching for one guy. Well don’t do it that way anymore. We have the internet. Think of it like a political campaign. Go find a million donors at 10 bucks apiece that enjoy football. Tap into this excitement that the former players have for the University. Have them help out. Find a different way to take advantage of what makes Miami this unique destination for a lot of football fans and players.
The following is an excerpt from TACKLING THE TRENDS:
(ON 2011 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON):
Tracy Wolfson: These past few weeks have been somewhat predictable. And as a result, college fans seem less interested this year. Expansion is the hottest topic each week. So as a result, fans are finding themselves looking ahead, hyping a match-up that is still weeks away. But what a match-up it will be. Nov. 5: No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. For weeks, fans have been talking, tweeting, blogging about this one. I mean in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban’s statue has already been draped in a purple cape.
* * * * *
Follow us on Twitter: @CBSSportsGang