Originally Posted by The1ApplePie
Auburn sure looked elite when it had Cam Newton. How 'bout now?
USC, UT, Alabama, Ohio State... they all have multi-generational, nationwide fanbases. Even when they suck, they draw ratings and some unfairly high BCS rankings.
No one outside of Texas gave a crap about A&M until Johnny Football showed up. Do you honestly think national audiences and media will care about A&M after he leaves?
Guess you weren't around in the late 80s and early 90s when no one gave a crap about Texas.
Alabama only recently rebuilt their national fanbase with Saban and it's national championships.
UT's fanbase is regional, even though they like the think otherwise. Case in point, difficulty getting the LHN on cable and satellite. When they finally got it on TWC, it was only within the state. There really was little to no demand outside of Texas and even that demand decreased as the football team struggled.
Ohio St, Nebraska, Notre Dame have national fanbases