MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends and a few things I think I think - Things I don't understand edition:
All right, so I opened myself up for that one. Go ahead. Take your shots. There are plenty of things I don't understand, right?
Before we get to a couple that might not be on your obvious list, though, just a note about something that I do understand, which is that a week from now everything changes for West Virginia's football team.
I was considering this the other day and wondering exactly what it is that makes WVU's first season in the Big 12 so intriguing. The obvious answer is the upgrade in the quality of competition, but here is the actual difference.
Assuming that the Big East merely plugged Temple into West Virginia's spot in this year's schedule - which for the most part is true; although some of the dates might have change, the Owls are hosting all the teams WVU was scheduled to host and visiting those the Mountaineers would have visited - it's easy to make the comparisons. Just a few:
The really intriguing thing to me, though, is not just the quality of the competition, but the newness of it all. The Mountaineers play Maryland at home on Saturday and that's the last familiar opponent this season.
Everything else is going to feel almost like a bowl game, either for its significance or for its freshness.
Anyway, on to a couple of things I don't understand, beginning with the reaction in some quarters to the ACC's twin moves of adding Notre Dame and hiking its exit fee to roughly $50 million.
Both were probably good moves on the part of the ACC, but only to an extent.
As for Notre Dame, the Irish will help the ACC financially, no question. The huge TV contract the league signed just a year ago will now be renegotiated and everyone will get more money. In fact, because of that renegotiation, the exit fee will go up even more. The exit fee is three years of TV revenue for each school, and when that jumps the exit fee will be closer to $60 million.