- Ivan Maisel, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Two University of Texas researchers, writing in the Journal of Sport Management, conclude that alcohol sales at college football games should be limited to premium seating areas. The researchers looked at an unnamed public university’s financial data from 2008-10, wrote that by the time the concessionaire took its cut, the increase in revenue from general admission sales wasn’t worth the social and ethical costs. However, the availability of alcohol in the club seats helped drive demand for them.
2. The adjustment to an up-tempo offense demands increased aerobic capacity and the ability to execute quickly. That’s for the players. The coaches new to the system must learn that they can’t correct their players between plays. They teach later, going over the practice video. “There’s an adjustment period,” new Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “They’re in mid-sentence and the ball is snapped and here we go. Those O-line coaches try to explain, and they get heckled by me for stepping in. ‘Get off the field! Snap it!’ Then they get used to it and come to love it.”
3. As long as moms want to see their sons play, coaches recruiting locally will have an advantage. But the impact of social media has made national recruiting so much easier. Ask the coaches at the top schools. Ask the recruits. Artavis Scott, a wide receiver from Tarpon Springs, Fla., committed to Clemson with a push from the nation’s top quarterback, Deshaun Watson, already a Clemson commitment. Watson is from Gainesville, Ga., 500 miles north of Tarpon Springs. Yet Watson talked to Scott “a lot” and steered him away from Michigan.
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