Oct 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Old Dominion Monarchs wide receiver Antonio Vaughan (5) takes a hand off from quarterback Taylor Heinicke (14) against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Old Dominion turns down $1.3 million to play Alabama


Offered $1.3 million to play the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2015, the Old Dominion Monarchs said no.

The Monarchs only started playing football five years ago, and next season will be their first in the FBS ranks. Considering that, ODU athletic director Wood Selig said he doesn’t think playing the likes of the Crimson Tide would be wise for such a young program:

“We’ve already got 12 games. I’d certainly touch base with (head coach) Bobby Wilder on this, but I don’t think playing a game against Alabama would be an advisable move given the infancy of our program.”

Old Dominion made the right call here. Sending an inexperienced team to be slaughtered at the hands of one of the best programs in history wouldn’t benefit anyone. The players on Alabama wouldn’t be challenged, the players on Old Dominion would likely be too overmatched to really “learn” from the experience, and the game would be torturous to watch. So props to ODU for turning down the payday and not contributing to the perpetuation of great teams scheduling pointless early-season cupcake games.

[Source: The Virginian Pilot]

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