Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.
Here are the opinions du jour.
>> Should Conference USA’s leaders have accepted Liberty University’s bid to join the league?
Oh, for about 24 million reasons.
That’s how much money Liberty chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., reportedly offered C-USA a little less than a year ago, according to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper based in Norfolk, Va.
Never mind that the fee to join Conference USA is $2 million. Liberty offered $24 million anyway.
Considering the status of C-USA – or lack thereof – I don’t know how league leaders turned down this generous offer. The conference’s television contract is a pitiful $200,000 per school and C-USA’s football profile has dropped below the Sun Belt, making Conference USA the weakest of the 10 FBS leagues.
Yet, C-USA leaders still turned down the $24 million?
I question their judgment.
While tweeting a link to the newspaper story on Twitter, Falwell included this comment: “Few bigoted U pres big on diversity & inclusion (except 4 conservatives) vetoed LU from Sun Belt, CUSA. It backfired:”
Obviously, Falwell thinks the Conference USA presidents turned down Liberty because it’s a conservative, evangelical Christian university.
Maybe he’s right, maybe he’s not.
All I know is $24 million is a lot of money and C-USA member schools certainly haven’t had any problem with scheduling games against Liberty.
MU officials recently signed a home-and-home agreement with the Flames in 2023 and 2024, so Marshall certainly shouldn’t be opposed to Liberty joining the league.
Besides the Herd, four other Conference USA member schools have future games with Liberty, including Old Dominion, UAB, Southern Miss and North Texas. In fact, in both the 2021 and 2022 seasons Liberty plays three C-USA opponents.
So, why not let Liberty join the league?
With $24 million on the table, I think even Patrick Henry would have said, “Give me Liberty “
>> The inaugural edition of HerdVision didn’t receive good reviews.
The biggest problem was the streaming video froze with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. That meant viewers didn’t get to see Chase Litton’s five-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Williams with only six seconds left.
The next thing the viewers saw was just the HerdVision logo because it was halftime.
So, viewers missed the only touchdown of the first half.
Glitches of this nature are to be expected, of course. That’s why it would have been a good idea if Marshall had offered HerdVision for free during this first year of operation.
That would have allowed Marshall fans to grow accustomed to the content, while also giving HerdVision a grace period to work out any technical problems.
Viewers wouldn’t complain about the video freezing nearly as much if it were free. But at a minimum fee of $6.99? Oh, yeah, they’re going to grouse.
>> Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin gave a quote worth repeating.
After watching his RedHawks blow a 17-6 lead with less than five minutes remaining and lose to Cincinnati, 21-17, Saturday at Yager Field, Martin called it his toughest loss in 25 years.
“The kids played their hearts out,” Martin was quoted. “Deserved a better fate. Coaching staff deserved a better fate … great game plan. Equipment people deserved a better fate. Media people deserved a better fate. Strength staff deserves a better fate.”
Thanks for the shout out to the media, Chuck.