FOOTBALL: Rumor killer

I had heard a rumor that the Ole Miss-Wake Forest football game in Winston-Salem, NC was going to be moved to a Thursday night. That does not appear to be the case, however. No inquiries have been made at Ole Miss, athletics director Pete Boone said. Both sides would have to agree before such a move was made. As a general policy the administration doesn’t care for Thursday night football because of the impact it has on academics.

— PA

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12 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Rumor killer”

  1. colreb420 Says:

    another reason why PB needs to go. thur night is a showcase game on national tv. Great pub for school and football program.

  2. stangreb Says:

    Agreed colreb420, it would be nice to finally see the Rebs on Thursday night instead of state. It would also put us on t.v., a good thing for those of us that can’t make the trip.

  3. rebelfan38652 Says:

    From what I read on another site Wake is going to be a preseason top 25. I believe that a Thursday night game would be great, Especially against a top 25 school. The Thursdayy night game isn’t a Lincoln Financial regional game. This is national coverage. How many times have you watched two teams you didn’t care about on Thursday night? I do it every Thursday during the season. Potential recruits will see this and it will make an impact on recruiting.

  4. bigdraws Says:

    I don’t know about that. You could be right, but I don’t see how it’s helped Southern all that much. And they hardly ever play on Saturday.

  5. bigdraws Says:

    And State too for that matter. The last two years we’ve opened up on Thursday night. Given last year was a throttling, but still.

  6. rebmus Says:

    “As a general policy the administration doesn’t care for Thursday night football because of the impact it has on academics.”

    I’m not buying what PB is selling on that one. Many people can’t take off work to make a Thursday night game, almost everyone can make a Saturday game.

    Playing on Thursday night will bring about 40K fans. Playing on Saturday will bring about 60K fans. 20K more tickets sold, 20K more in town to grab a bite to eat, etc etc.
    TV revenue is split with the conference and doesn’t bring what it once did (for the individual school)… packing the stadium is the best revenue source.

  7. bigdraws Says:

    I believe State has had over 50k the past two years on thursday night. And OM usually draws more/holds more.

  8. rebmus Says:

    While Wake is certainly a decent OOC opponent, a game vs. Wake does not have the draw that a conference game has… much less than a conference game vs. LSU. Also, a season opener typically draws more than an otherwise equal game (Conf/OOC opponent).

    IF OM were opening the season on Thurs night vs an upper SEC team, I figure attendence would be in the 50s. The Thursday game against Wake would be lower 40s.

  9. bigdraws Says:

    I gotcha. We can agree to disagree. I still think they’d have more than 50k.

  10. rebel2011 Says:

    and it doesn’t matter to us, remember. i think all of yall are forgetting that the game is at Wake, not here at oxford. i think that it would be great exposure, especially since its not a home game, so we dont have to worry about ticket sales

  11. Alfred Sumrall Says:

    I’m more concerned about the short week after the Memphis game so early in the season, but assuming this is on ESPN or ESPN2 NOT ESPNU, Boone should jump at it.

  12. djrebel Says:

    There has been no effort to put the Wake game on Thursday night TV. That was a rumor that’s been squashed.

    — PA

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