Arkansas State Auctioning Right To Coach Spring Game
Want to coach an FBS team?
Your odds are about as good as they are to get elected mayor. Unless, that is, you're rich.
That's right: Arkansas State is auctioning off the right to coach in its spring game on eBay. The 57th and highest bid, as of mid-day Friday, was $11,600, and with three days remaining, it seems likely the price will continue to rise.
"If our coach wants to go (for it) on fourth-and-30, they can do that," coach Blake Anderson said. "But we might have them explain themselves in a postgame press conference."
Anderson said he got the idea while working for Larry Fedora at Southern Miss and North Carolina.
The coach will give pregame and halftime speeches, call plays and perhaps even get a sports drink bath for winning.
All of it is designed to bring attention to the Arkansas State program, which seems to be working. The school went 8-5 under Bryan Harsin last season before he left to coach Boise State. Hugh Freeze (2011) and Gus Malzahn (2012) also coached the Red Wolves for one season before moving to SEC programs, but Anderson's contract is such that he's almost guaranteed to stick around past this season.
That is, if the mystery coach doesn't usurp him with a spring game performance.
Meanwhile, according to Yahoo! Sports, Georgia is auctioning off the chance to call a play, while Auburn is giving one lucky bidder the chance to help spray fake smoke as players run through the entrance ahead of its spring game, all in exchange for some petty cash.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was it took these programs until 2014 to figure out these marketing ploys.