Sunday, October 19, 2008

MSU/JSU: Why? Why Not USM?

While the local media applauds the decision by Jackson State and Mississippi State to play each other in football, JJ refuses to participate in this farce. Make no mistake, such a deal is good for Jackson State and I applaud them for landing such a quality opponent, as it means a great deal of money and attention for them. However, Mississippi State deserves criticism for making such an arrangement.

There is no reason for Ole Miss and MSU to avoid playing Southern Miss, if they are going to start playing Jackson State (USM deserves the same criticism for playing Delta State while avoiding JSU as well). LSU plays Tulane every year and picks up another Louisiana school at least every other year. Tennessee has played Memphis on more than a few occasions. Miami plays Florida. Clemson and South Carolina have a traditional rivalry. Considering this and the fact the schools begged us to spend money to expand Memorial Stadium for them, Ole Miss and MSU should take turns playing USM each year in Jackson.

Such a game should be scheduled during the state fair. One of the hallmarks of the Texas State Fair is the annual Oklahoma-Texas game held during the fair in Dallas. Imagine the turnout if such a game was held during the fair in Jackson. Since Jackson does not have many events with statewide appeal, this would be an opportunity for it to capitalize on one of the few it does. Shuttle buses could ferry visitors back and forth from the game to the fair. For once a family would have a choice between tailgating (where there is gasp, drinking) and a family-friendly Mississippi State Fair.

In times of tight budgets, it is insane for the Bulldogs and Rebels to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent-a-win fees when a game with the Golden Eagles will draw a great deal more interest and money, than would a match-up with the Citadel or University of Louisiana at Monroe or Lafayette or Bunkie or whatever they call themselves each week. Mississippi State can play Jackson State on the gridiron..... after it plays Southern Miss.

Note: Earlier version of this post contained an egregious error on my part. I thought the NCAA rule was that wins against AA schools didn't count towards bowl eligibility. Since then I discovered, through the help of a commenter, that one win every two years can be used. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

I think the Ole Miss and MSU should play USM every year. Where you lose me is forcing them to play @ Memorial.

The place is a dump. It is a DUMP. And it is a JOKE how Mounger, with his multi-thousand word Northside Sun columns, and the other closet racists keep making these bullshit arguments about forcing JSU to play in that dump.

You see, they figure that if they can somehow keep forcing JSU to play there then that keeps UMC from getting the property. Then, they hope that someday their dreams of seeing Ole Miss, MSU and USM play each other there one last time may somehow come true.

The wet dreams of old men. Memorial is a DUMP.

Kingfish said...

As I run the bleachers there every week, believe me, I am VERY familiar with that stadium.

What needs to happen is the state needs to give it to JSU. We went through the same thing at LSU with the PMAC. The PMAC was a joke 7 years ago. However, LSU could not do anything about this facility as it belonged to the state and it was waaaaay down on their list of priorities, just as Memorial stadium is.

I say give it to JSU as I think they will do a better job of managing it as it will mean more to them. I have some thoughts on JSU's football program that I will spell out in another post that involve that stadium. I also don't advocate building JSU another stadium as most stadiums now are built by private boosters, not the state. The first thing JSU needs to do is build up its program and attendance, THEN worry about a stadium. It also needs to quit playing its home games as these out of town classics as they hurt season ticket sales and hold back the program even when they make an extra dollar.

Kingfish said...

Look, they shold play USM at Memorial by the way.

1. They made us spend the money on them by expanding the stadium. They owe us on that score.

2. Like I said, make it part of the state fair. build up the capital city. Provide some real entertainment here that will bring in out of town visitors. We don't have many things that do every year and the fair is one of them. Maximize it. Hell, Georgia and Florida play in Jacksonville. If they can do it there, we can do this in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

JSU doesn't WANT the stadium. It LOSES a million or more each year.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I-A teams can count a win against a I-AA team for purposes of bowl eligibility.

Anonymous said...

In the fall of 1990, USM played MSU with a 13-10 victory for MSU. After the game a group of African-American MSU football players ran onto the field giving us the bird and grabbing their crouches yelling explicatives. After this insult, USM will never play MSU in football again.

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