Holiday Bowl Ruining Pac-10’s Rep

Every single year, one of the bowls that always catches my attention is the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. By nature, it’s an exciting game since it pits the 2nd place team in the Pac-10 against the 3rd place team from the Big 12. That means you’re usually seeing two top-20 teams that won anywhere from 8-10 games during the regular season. This year, it’s Arizona State going up against Texas. So if the Holiday Bowl provides an excellent game annually, why is it so bad for the Pac-10? I’ll tell you.

Can you name any other bowl of significance played this far in advance of January 1st? Squaring up on December 27th I’d expect to see a MAC and WAC team, not the 2nd place team from the Pac-10 and 3rd place team from the Big 12. This sort of game deserves to be on New Years Day, or at worst, New Years Eve. Secondly, the match up is an inherent display of inferiority on the part of the Pac-10. Regardless of whether or not the conference has two fewer teams, by agreeing to have their second place team play another conference’s third place team, it’s a sign of inferiority. Seriously, what sort of exposure is it for the conference when the only team the rest of the country gets to see play is on January 1st in the Rose Bowl? The Pac-10 needs to get itself together, move the Holiday Bowl to a later date, and find a conference that will match two equals. Until that point, the Holiday Bowl will always serve as a joke for the Pac-10, marring its collective attempt at gaining national respect.

Get Ready to Throw Up: Pac-10 Football Coach Salaries

When you think about priorities in this country, you realize they’re completely out of whack once you compare salaries of football coaches at universities with that of the professors. Then again, as they said in The Program, when was the last time 100,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a chemistry experiment? It is with that thought in mind that I present the salaries of the Pac-10 head football coaches.

  1. Pete Carroll, USC, $4 million
  2. Jeff Tedford, Cal, $1.8 million (not including $1 million signing bonus)
  3. Tyrone Willingham, Washington, $1,312,772
  4. Mike Riley, Oregon St., $850,000 guaranteed, likely $1.1 mil with incentives
  5. Mike Bellotti, Oregon, $475,000 guaranteed, incentives have pushed it over a million last five years
  6. Karl Dorrell, UCLA, $900,000 guaranteed
  7. Mike Stoops, $865,000 guaranteed, plus incentives
  8. Dennis Erickson, Arizona St., $500,000 guaranteed, plus incentives, jumps to $1.275 million in ’08
  9. Bill Doba, Washington St., $440,000 guaranteed, plus incentives, total around $600,00
  10. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford, $350,000 plus incentives

The Harbaugh and Carroll salaries are estimated since USC an Stanford are private schools and not forced to release their figures. All I know is that I will now be switching professions thank you very much.

(via PostmanR‘s Top Five, and The Big Lead, more South Park images here, image via Signal to Noise)

Pac-10 of Course, Most Underrated

I’ve complained for quite some time that preseason polls need to go. They’re stupid and inaccurate. And of course, they manifest a heavy East Coast bias. Funny enough, there’s proof. As Kyle the Driver points out to me, and Obscure Sports Quarterly was all over, Mark Schlabach of ESPN studied preseason and postseason college football rankings in order to find out who the most overrated and underrated teams were. No surprise, the most underrated teams were from the West Coast and Pac-10, while the most overrated were from the East Coast. Here’s a summary of his findings:

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