October 2, 2007
$1,200 for that?
As noted in the weekly football report, the water cooler conversation in these psrts over the past several days has inevitably turned to what on earth was embattled Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione thinking when he sold a secret newsletter entitled "VIP Connection" to a dozen or so wealthy Aggies for $1,200 a pop (Franchione rakes in over $2 million annually).
The Dallas Morning News' Brian Davis came up with a few of the newsletters and passes along some of their content:
The Dallas Morning News obtained several "VIP" newsletters written by McKenzie since December 2004. Most have a positive tone. . . . others talk about what plays A&M will run, the team's travel schedule and generally harmless fluff. [. . .]
Last November, [the newsletter] outlined A&M's game plan prior to the Texas game. The Aggies wanted to take shots deep, use gadget plays and "hardball running plays."
"Lane on power, and then [Mike] Goodson on a zone read that goes toward a different place in the defensive set than usual [they've never seen it run this way]."
And people wonder why A&M's offense lacks imagination? ;^)
Update: The DMN provides even more from the newsletters.
And Ray Melick makes a good point at the end of this column:
[W]hen the guys who were once willing to buy everything you were selling, including your secret newsletter at $1,200 a year, begin to turn on you.
It's usually a pretty good indication that it's time to start looking for a comfortable place to fall.
Posted by Tom at October 2, 2007 12:00 AM |
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