A reaction to Texas & Oklahoma (likely) joining the SEC: Welcome – BY DAN MATHEWS
July 26, 2021
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – My reaction is the same as pretty much the one Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had at SEC Media Days… Be careful what you wish for.
If/when the SEC accepts Texas and Oklahoma as new members… I’ll welcome them in with open arms. If they want to play strong competition in college football’s best league, they’re welcome to join up.
I think this needs to be looked at as good for those who were already the 14 members of the conference. It doesn’t change anything for them. It also isn’t going to change things miraculously for Texas.
I’ll just speak from what I know of the fanbases. The said, I’m not as familiar with Oklahoma’s, as I am with Texas.
For Texas, their football issues are simple. They don’t get the same players as they did when Mack Brown had Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium rocking from 2004 to 2009.
Recruiting has slipped for the Longhorns and the results are what we’ve seen over the last 10-plus seasons. Texas has not been relevant since losing to Alabama in that national title game to end the 2009-10 season.
Culture at Texas has also held them back. Kids in the state of Texas don’t pick the Longhorns because “they’re Texas.” So what? I want to play in Austin and go 8-4 every year? How about no…
There’s a reason that Nick Saban, Ed Orgeron and Jimbo Fisher have eaten Texas’ lunch in recruiting… They can actually sell tangible results and the hardware to prove it. Plus, they’re in the game’s best football league.
There was a time that hiring Steve Sarkisian would have been beneath UT’s hiring standards as a football program. Those days are gone. Current athletic director Chris Del Conte accepted that reality and went out to get college football’s hottest assistant coaching prospect, over a proven head coach.
Texas needs the SEC. Oklahoma does as well.
The Sooners have year in and year out been good enough to make the College Football Playoff. However, they have not been good enough to win a semifinal game. They’ve been four times and lost all four times.
The good news for OU, is they’ve recruited very well since Lincoln Riley took over the program in 2017. According to 247Sports, the Sooners have not brought in no worse than the 12th best (2020) signing class. This means that Riley is getting good enough players to compete for a national title.
There shouldn’t be much of a surprise, that Texas wants in to the SEC. I’ve already mentioned their relative lack of success (by their standards) on the recruiting trail. All of those schools that I mentioned earlier are a huge reason for their lack of championship success.
One of the main culprits of their recruiting frustration, was in their own state last week speaking to the Texas High School Coaches Association annual convention in San Antonio. You guessed right… That man was Nick Saban.
Over the last few recruiting cycles, Saban and his Alabama program have been able to treat the Lone Star State as almost like a home base for their recruiting efforts. Saban is incredibly calculated and it’s no mistake that he made that trip to San Antonio for the sole purpose of a speaking engagement. He wants to keep that success going.
It was only about a day after the Crimson Tide coach was in Texas, that the Longhorns and Sooners to the SEC rumors broke. Is it THE reason why the movement started? No, it’s not. But, it’s also another reason why these two programs are looking for a better possibility of success than their current standing.
The Big 12 for Texas and Oklahoma has a ceiling. They’re now starting at a lower level in the next building over, that is taller than the current one they reside in. The SEC is the right move for them.
As for the fans of programs who are currently in the SEC, don’t be afraid. Embrace them and get ready for even better competition.
Brand names are good for college football. Two of the major brands in college football joining the league is nothing but a good thing.
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GA Tech Football Single-Game Tickets On Sale August 2
Season tickets, 3-game packs, Stinger Mobile Passes all available now!
THE FLATS – Single-game tickets for all seven of Georgia Tech football’s 2021 home games will go on sale on Monday, August 2, Georgia Tech athletics announced on Monday. Presale opportunities are available for those who click HERE to register.
Single-game seats start at $25 for Georgia Tech’s seven home contests. The Yellow Jackets will host six games at Bobby Dodd Stadium in ’21, including the Sept. 4 primetime opener versus Northern Illinois (7:30 p.m. kickoff) and the 115th edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate against archrival Georgia on Nov. 27. Additionally, Tech will host its first “Mayhem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” battle versus North Carolina on Sept. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, marking the first of six games that the Jackets will host at the home of the Atlanta Falcons over the next six seasons.
For fans that want to guarantee the best seats for all the excitement of Georgia Tech football in the heart of Atlanta this season, there are three ways to purchase tickets now – 3-game mini-packs, Stinger Mobile Passes and season tickets.
Georgia Tech football 3-game mini-packs include a guaranteed seat for “Mayhem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” versus North Carolina on Sept. 25 and tickets to any two of the Yellow Jackets’ first five games at Bobby Dodd Stadium this season (Sept. 4 vs. NIU, Sept. 11 vs. Kennesaw State, Oct. 2 vs. Pitt, Oct. 30 vs. Virginia Tech and Nov. 13 vs. Boston College). Tickets for Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate versus Georgia are not included in 3-game mini-packs.
3-game mini-packs start at just $175. For more information and to purchase 3-game mini-packs online, click HERE.
STINGER MOBILE PASSES
The Stinger Mobile Pass is a flexible ticket option that guarantees a seat for all six of Georgia Tech’s home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2021, including Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate versus archrival Georgia on Nov. 27. Stinger Pass seat locations vary from game to game, with tickets delivered to the holder’s mobile device on gameday. Stinger Pass holders also have the flexibility to customize their Yellow Jacket football experience by exchanging tickets amongst games throughout the season.
In addition to a guaranteed seat for all six games at Bobby Dodd Stadium this season, Stinger Pass holders will receive priority access to purchase tickets for Georgia Tech’s highly anticipated “Mayhem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” matchup versus North Carolina on Sept. 25.
Stinger Mobile Passes start at just $145. For more information and to purchase Stinger Mobile Passes online, click HERE.
2021 SEASON TICKETS
Starting at just $299 per seat, season tickets include reserved seats for all seven games on the Yellow Jackets’ 2021 home schedule, including “Mayhem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium” versus North Carolina on Sept. 25 and the return of “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” versus archrival Georgia on Nov. 27 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. For full 2021 Georgia Tech football season ticket information, click HERE.
Kroger to be Presenting Sponsor for 680 The Fan’s Annual Tailgate Golf Classic
Kroger to be Presenting Sponsor for 680 The Fan’s
Annual Tailgate Golf Classic – Sponsorship to benefit L.E.A.D.
– Funds will help foster a new generation of leadership, using baseball to teach African-American boys how to overcome crime, poverty and racism –
ATLANTA July 16th, 2021 – Kroger announced today that it will be a presenting sponsor for 680 The Fan’s Annual Tailgate Golf Classic.
“Kroger’s sponsorship will benefit L.E.A.D., providing funds for the organization’s mission to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform Atlanta, using baseball to teach African-American boys how to overcome three curveballs that threaten their success: crime, poverty and racism,” says Felix Turner, corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “We are honored to help further this important mission.”
The 7th Annual Tailgate Golf Classic will take place on Monday, August 30th, 2021, at the White Columns Country Club in MIlton, Georgia. It is an 18 hole golfing event to kickoff the start of the 2021 football and tailgating season where each foursome is paired with an ex-college football player. Previous celebrity guests include Danny Wuerffel, Jason Campbel, Brian Finneran, and more.
“The sponsorship is part of Kroger’s Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, featuring steps developed in collaboration with associates and leaders to accelerate and promote greater change in the workplace and in the communities we serve,” Turner says.
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are 30,000 associates who serve customers daily by delivering a seamless shopping experience throughout Kroger’s Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.
We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization operating in Atlanta, Georgia. Through our year-round Pathway2Empowerment, sport based youth development (SBYD) programming, we are inspiring and equipping Black males with the empowerment they need to live sustainable lives of significance.
About 680 The Fan
Dickey Broadcasting Company has been an Atlanta sports leader for over 28 years. In addition to launching the sports-talk radio format in Atlanta, Sports Radio 680 The Fan/Dickey Broadcasting Company also owns and operates multiple radio networks including the Braves Radio Network and Southern Sports Today Network, and a recently launched news talk station XTRA 106.3. The company also manages robust digital offerings, and a sports-based events series,Tailgate Central. Dickey Broadcasting Company headquarters and studios are located inside the Battery Atlanta next door to Truist Park.
Allison Filmore – Executive Director FedEx Cup
Allison Filmore, Executive Director of the Tour Championship, talks with Cellini & Dimino about the upcoming FedEx Championship at East Lake. Expect the biggest names in golf to appear to play for the Championship Cup like Bryson DeChambeau, John Rahm, Brooks Koepka, and Jordan Speith!
Best of all, the fans can experience championship golf Sept 1st – 5th IN PERSON! Tickets are available at tourchampionship.com!