Maryland, BigTen, World Series
On the University of Maryland front, some of the social media have it right: the Board of Regents at the University of Maryland is living on an island. A student athlete has died, and the negligence of the football coach has been overlooked. The Board of Regents has voted to retain him and has indicated it will terminate the President Wallace Loh if Loh fires to coach. There is a pattern in the Big Ten: support the coaches, fire the administrators if necessary, claim that a "culture change" is needed, and then just hope everything is forgotten. In the new world of social media, however, neither Maryland, nor Ohio State, nor Michigan State or Penn State will be quickly forgotten. As these things tend to go, in the long run, we do not think football under Urban Meyer at Ohio State or under DJ Durkin at Maryland will prosper. What recruitee with other options would choose OSU or Maryland?
Fox Sports has reported record lows in viewership of the World Series. In the second half of October, as we have noted, the competition for viewers' attention is intense, and baseball does not complete with college and pro football. We recommend once again that the World Series be scheduled where sports fans need it: during the sports-date late August and Labor Day. Even our avocado-growing friends in Michoacan,Mexico understand this: they are preparing now to export extra avocados in January for the Super Bowl, but know they do not have any special market for the World Series.