February 2012

WVU Leaves the Big East Early

$20 Million Exit Fee is a Hefty Price to Pay

West Virginia's departure from the Big East was imminent, as the school was scheduled to move to the Big 12 for the 2013 football season. However, 2013 was evidently too far away for the Mountaineers. The school paid a reported $20 million exit fee last week so that it could move to the Big 12 for the coming football season. Though the school and Big 12 did not offer specifics, word is that WVU paid $10 million, while the Big 12 paid the other $10 million. That seems like a hefty price to pay for one measly season.

Surviving the Football Hiatus

Tips to Get You Through These Long Months

We’re one week post-Super Bowl, and football fans just experienced their first Sunday without games since last summer. College football fans have been suffering without games for more than a month now. Now, as we’ve entered the football dead period, we’re left to wonder what to do with ourselves on the weekend. You can get through the football hiatus—you do every year. Here are some football events taking place long before teams report to camp this summer and kick off in the fall:

NFL Draft: Preseason games in August seem far away, so don’t look that far. The NFL Draft weekend runs from April 26 to 28, giving you three days of NFL coverage. The NFL Draft is entertaining for college and pro fans alike. College fans enjoy seeing where their favorite players from last season land, and NFL fans assess their team’s picks and guess which picks will become future stars and franchise players.

Giants Top the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI

Fourth-Quarter Rally Gives New York the Victory

The New York Giants are Super Bowl XLVI Champions. The game might not have been the offensive showdown that pundits predicted, ending in a 21-17 score, but the game was close from start to finish, with the champions in doubt until Tom Brady’s Hail Mary hit the ground in the end zone as time expired. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this season’s culminating game.

Best Catch

Mario Manningham’s fourth-quarter catch ignited the Giants’ game-winning drive. He hauled in the 38-yard reception with his feet teetering the sideline, barely staying in bounds to move the Giants down the field. During the broadcast, it was noted that the catch would go down in Super Bowl history if the Giants pulled off a win and, sure enough, they did. If you missed the spectacular grab, here’s a video of the play.

Best Non-Football Performance

Madonna’s performance got mixed reviews. Material Girl lovers celebrated her halftime show, while others were unimpressed. However, Kelly Clarkson’s rendition of the National Anthem, was spot on, making fans forget about Christina Aguliera’s flub of the lyrics last year.

National Signing Day Recap

See Where Your School Ranks

Yesterday marked National Signing Day, where top recruits from across the country signed letters of intent with their college of choice. If you’re a fan of a Florida school or an SEC school, chances are you’re pretty happy today. Here’s a look at what schools landed the best recruits for next season.

Florida is known for its rich recruiting ground, full of talented high school football players who go to Florida schools and beyond. This year, it appears many of the state’s top athletes stayed in the state, as Florida, Florida State, and Miami all hauled in Top-10 recruiting classes, according to Rivals and ESPN. Will Muschamp’s first full recruiting class at Florida was an impressive one, with the Gators ranking No. 3 in Rivals’ rankings and No. 4 nationally in ESPN’s rankings.

The SEC has dominated the college football landscape for the last six years, winning the national title every year (and representing both teams in the national championship game this season). Based on the 2012 recruiting classes, that domination will continue. Coming off its national championship, Alabama landed the undisputed No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Other SEC teams with impressive recruiting classes included Florida, as mentioned above; Georgia, which landed in ESPN’s Top 10; Auburn; LSU; and Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks.