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Gateway Offers 30 Million To Ncaa For LSU-USC Game  
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1160 times:

Actually I am kind of surprised the NCAA didnt even consider it with all the money involved.

I guess it would be kind of like dog fighting in a way. Two strong dogs, that everyone wants to see fight in a pit. It just doesnt seem right.

NCAA says no to computer company CEO's title game proposal


January 8, 2004
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Unhappy with college football's split national championship, the head of a computer company thought he could entice Southern California and LSU to play each other later this month by offering $30 million in scholarship money.

The NCAA quickly hit the ``delete'' button, saying there was no way such a game could be played.

Ted Waitt, chairman and CEO of Gateway Inc., which is based in the San Diego suburb of Poway, offered each school $10 million in scholarships for disadvantaged students if they'd play each other the weekend of Jan. 24-25. The winner would have gotten an additional $10 million in scholarships and $1 million in Gateway products.




``Everybody wants to see it happen,'' Waitt said. ``It'd be fun. But everybody is afraid of the NCAA. We just want to know one good reason why this can't happen.''

Waitt made his proposal in letters faxed Thursday to LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert, USC President Steven Sample and NCAA President Myles Brand.

``It's just not as simple or easy as doing that,'' said Wally Renfro, the senior adviser to Brand. ``Decisions about postseason football are made by the membership of the association. Those two institutions would not be able to make that decision in any event.

``Right now, by the bylaws, it couldn't happen.''

And the NCAA wouldn't jump even with $30 million in scholarships up for grabs?

``No,'' Renfro said.

Besides numerous logistical problems, games aren't allowed past last Sunday, which was the date of the Sugar Bowl.

USC was No. 1 in both the AP media poll and USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll at the end of the regular season, but slipped behind No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Oklahoma in the computers and the final BCS standings because of a weaker strength of schedule.

LSU won the BCS national championship by beating Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl while USC won The Associated Press title by beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl.







[Edited 2004-01-09 04:50:33]

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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1153 times:

"Plus, USC would win, so why play the game?"

Here we go again.....


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1150 times:

huh?  Nuts

Filler Filler...


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1135 times:

Too bad...I, along with millions of other college football fans, would really like to see these two teams play, even in an "informal" format where nothing is at stake...

Greg



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1131 times:

Oh, what I meant was that everyone thinks that USC would just walk over LSU. Not gunna happen baby!  Smile Would that be a great game or what? The NCAA is just too damn shortsighted.


Steve/New Orleans


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1131 times:

Yea, USC would win though... They are just too dominating.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1126 times:

Perhaps in a couple of years or so we'll see some changes to the final system. A four-team playoff would be ideal. #1 against #3, #2 against #4...the winner of those games would meet for the championship game.


Steve/New Orleans


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

From the reports that came out of a meeting of coaches early this week, the BCS itself will be tweaked a bit. However, there was very strong sentiment (al least among college and conference presidents) against any type of a playoff system. Ostensibly, it had a bit to do with athletic eligibility. Methinks it has more to do with revenue.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

John Navarre told me to pray this game doesn't come to fruitation.

Signed, Matt Mauck

[Edited 2004-01-09 17:24:03]

User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Great marketing gimmick by Gateway. Get's it's name in the news and knows that it won't have to spend a single dime - because they already knew what the answer was going to be before they even asked the question.

They must have been taking notes from Richard Branson when he offered to buy Concorde from British Airways.

-76M


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1100 times:

So Ted Waitt has 30 million $ to spend on a bogus NCAA game, but today we had a meeting stating that Gateway will cease all European operations this year. I think I shall (les Eaux) be sending myself (and my buddies) a lot of replacement components before I leave  Laugh out loud
UTA



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