People want specifics of how hard it is to get on a big-time team’s schedule, so here’s one.
The Cardinals tried to set up a game against Ohio State at a neutral site. Ohio State said, all right, but we need $5 million to do it.
Of course, $5 million is probably what Ohio State nets from a home game in the Horseshoe, so it’s not as exorbitant as it might sound on first glance. But U of L can’t pay better than 10 percent of its athletic budget on one football game. U of L’s entire football budget is less than $15 million.
My guess is that U of L could get a road game with the Buckeyes with no return booking, but even that would take quite a few years, given how far schedules are worked out into the future.
I gave U of L some grief for not switching things around to try to travel to Auburn in the second game this season, but even that would have hurt the program financially (though it might have helped in ways that money can’t buy).
But my point this morning was that this Murray State opener was pretty much unavoidable when UK changed the timing of the series just a year out.
There was no quality opponent available, so U of L athletic director took an in-state opponent that was willing to come.
For folks tired of hearing how Kentucky moved the game, that’s part of the price UK is paying for moving it.
As far as I’m concerned, the responsibility ridiculous excuses for opening-week games that both are playing rests squarely in Lexington. And with this being opening weekend, you’re bound to hear about it from more people than just me.
Some say its a dead horse.
No. It’s a dead Racer. And a dead Colonel. And a pretty dead opening weekend for college football around here.