Jeff Bowden Severance A Good Deal For FSU?
Posted by William Kristoph
The suggestion was thrown out there to me that I should figure out what Jeff Bowden’s cost per play, point, etc. is over the next 5 years as part of his severance package from Seminole Boosters. If we use 2001-2005 as our data (completed seasons under Jeff Bowden’s Tenure) we get the following per year averages:
First Downs: 259.6
Rush Attempts: 460.2
Pass Attempts: 422
Points Scored: 379.6
Jeff will be paid $107,500 per year by Seminole Boosters. Using the above averages, Jeff is being paid:
$414 per 1st down or
$234 per rush or
$255 per pass or
$283 per point
each season to NOT call the plays. It’s really not a bad deal for FSU, when you consider the possibilities in lost revenue at games and on television, if the Seminole Football product is not a good one. Let’s say attendance is reduced by a modest 5% if Jeff had stayed another year (roughly 4,000 per game), that cost at an average ticket price of $30 + concessions of $10 per person per game equals a loss in revenue of $160,000 per year. $160,000 > $107,500, so FSU has a good deal on their end. That doesn’t even factor in withheld Booster donations. Toss in the fact that if FSU’s offensive numbers improve, the average cost gets CHEAPER, and the deal begins to look fantastic. Under Mark Richt’s last season as Offensive Coordinator, the price would have been as low as $212 per point.
I realize there is no significant statistical analysis backing this up, but, I think my point is clear.Â Get over the sticker shock Seminole Fans, FSU most likely got out of a bad situation for less than $300 per point.Â In a world where the college football machine will pass by the best programs if they don’t have continued success, it’s a small price to pay.
Leave some comments, let me know what you think.