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Is that what we’ve come to?

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Was skimming channels tonight … somehow stumbled upon the St. Petersburg Bowl between Rutgers and Central Florida. It was the second quarter, I think, Rutgers leading 14-10. The announcers were Mark Jones and Bob Davie, the former Notre Dame coach.

Out of nowhere, the two begin talking about Tom Savage, Rutgers’ freshman quarterback, and how he has a final exam in two days. “You know,” says Davie, “to be honest, a lot of colleges wouldn’t have accepted an invitation to a bowl game that conflicted with final exams. So you have to give Rutgers credit for being here.”

With that, everything I detest about big-time college sports was perfectly surmised.

PS: Plus, I love how it’s actually the “Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl.”