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NEED TWO: Conference Championship Tickets

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Notre Dame v Florida State Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It’s conference championship week, friends, and you know what that means: college football abandons campus, leaves the students and traditions behind, and invades NFL stadiums to grab money. Woooo! Let’s find some tickets.

The Contests

AWAY HOME Stadium City Midfield NoseBleed
#6 Georgia #2 Auburn Mercedes-Benz Atlanta $1,152 $442
#7 Miami #1 Clemson Bank of America Charlotte $375 $95
#8 Ohio State #4 Wisconsin Lucas Oil Indianapolis $350 $102
#11 TCU #3 Oklahoma JerryWorld Arlington $286 $120
#12 Stanford #10 USC Levi's Santa Clara $100 $29
#25 Fresno State Boise State Albertsons Boise $70 $48
#20 Memphis #14 UCF Spectrum Orlando $68 $25

The SEC really isn’t joking around with their “it just means more” tagline. Holy smokes. Eleven hundred bucks to watch Jake Fromm and Jarrett Stidham hand off? My goodness.

Coaching Changes

With the completion of the regular season, the coaching reaper collected his final few bodies to round out his annual haul at 10, among Power 5 conferences. That’s the average. Here’s the updated summary of the P5 coaching hires, 2010 - 2013.

Seasons Possibles Made It %Hooray
5 44 13 29.5%
6 38 7 18.4%
7 35 3 8.6%
8 34 2 5.9%

You’re reading that correctly: only 30% of hires successfully complete five seasons. And then things really fall off the cliff. The lonely two coaches who survived 8 seasons are Brian Kelly, whom everyone expected to be fired long, long ago; and Jimbo Fisher, who’s twice flirted with LSU, and is currently flirting with Texas A&M.

That’s amazing, isn’t it? Coaches used to be school trademarks. Joe Paterno, Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Bobby Bowden, Barry Switzer, Tom Osborne, Don James - even Pat Dye and Danny Ford. Heck, Tommy Bowden spent 11 seasons at Clemson without winning anything. Now? Forget making it 10 years - 70% of the hires won’t last five.

There’s something wrong with that.