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Sustaining JC Football Program Budgets

Posted: 11/29/2012 11:48 AM

Sustaining JC Football Program Budgets 

As the 2012 season nears completion, I hope we can remember that this year NorCal football lost what I consider to have been a very solid football program --Solano Falcons --here is a link to the team before the program closed: e/2/

The school had just completed two conference championship seasons and successful bowl appearances, had a very good football field and excellent program facilities --and very solid coaches and players --but political realities suddenly shut down the football program.  Some players moved to Sac City or CC or elsewhere, but the loss of this very strong program hurt conference alignments and left a big hole in the Bay Area football world.

Budget challenges are facing everyone in California, including all athletic programs which do not generate substantial income for the school districts.  People are needed to go to public meetings when these things are discussed and stand up and testify about why these programs must be preserved.  This includes preserving non-revenue producing athletic programs which rely on football income.

In a perfect world, we could bring Solano back.  If we cannot, I hope we can at least work together to support every single existing program facing up to the challenges college district budget managers throw at football programs.
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Posted: 11/29/2012 6:57 PM

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This story is likely similar to most community college districts:
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Posted: 11/29/2012 10:28 PM

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For what its worth, I don't have a player in the JC ranks anymore, but I gotta tell you that Saturdays at the JC games were some of my favorite times going to sporting events.

I live a ways away from the nearest stadium and know none of the players, but I will make it a point to attend a game or two next season.
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Posted: 11/30/2012 7:46 AM

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Lets hope the economy turns around, but it's going to take a while.
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Posted: 11/30/2012 9:28 AM

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Murph, thanks for your recent notes about the Junior Rose Bowl ( Pasadena Bowl from 1966-1971).  This web page will bring back a lot of info

as for BC National Championships

1953   BC 13 NE Oklahoma A&M 6
1959   BC 30 Delmar Tx 14
1976   BC 24 Ellsworth CC Iowa 14

I hope some how this info gets included in the upcoming game program and can be announced to stadium fans from the press box announcer.

of course the most famous game was 1955 --Compton 22 Jones County JC 13--
before 57,000 in the Rose Bowl --the Compton teams of Hugh McIlhenny and Joe Perry were incredible.  The game has been referenced to the beginning of the modern civil rights movement, but to football fans, it is always seen as a top notch game, not a Mississippi political statement.
I don't think any NorCal teams ever played in the Junior Rose Bowl.  It was set up to match the top teams of the NJCAA and Cal JC.  I believe it spanned from 1946 to 1977, with 1966-1971 designated as the Pasadena Bowl.

It would be wonderful for many reasons to have this game still alive today, live from the Rose Bowl, with national TV revenues and publicity coming to these programs.
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Posted: 11/30/2012 9:39 AM

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Murph will have to correct this post but I believe that BC has an additional National Championship in `88. I am not sure on `88 but seem to recall a title in the `80s........ help me out Murph.......
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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:03 AM

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Yep. Stan Greene was the QB in 88 when I believe they beat Fullerton. Other players included Eddie Thomas DB, Lionel Sykes I believe was the TE, Valpredo was an RB, Yarborough was another RB, Lyndsey Collins I believe was on that team.

I also believe that Hartnell played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1952 which would make them the only Northern team to compete in it.

Here's a photo of the reunion of some of the '88 players.... 

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Posted: 11/30/2012 10:33 AM

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thanks for correcting, what I actually meant to write was "championships by winning the  Junior Rose Bowl".  Also thanks for the Hartnell correction, I'll try to verify.
do you think TV money is possible today for National JC Championship Game?  there are so many mediocre college bowls matching 4 loss teams playing for nothing competitive --a real championship would be very attractive TV and would bring substantial $$$.

Murph, you are correct 1952 Hartnell 20 Bacone JC (Ok) 20

here is link to all the games

Last edited 11/30/2012 10:36 AM by glenpark

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Posted: 11/30/2012 11:41 AM

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I think that it is a damn shame not to have an NJCAA/COA game for the National Title.
It's an even bigger tragedy not to have a live telecast of the State Title game.
But in order for a network to buy into an event like that, it  actually has to look like an event. They measure it a worthy event by the amount of people in the stands. Most California title games don't get enough fans in the stands. That won't be the case this time, as I expect at the very least 10,000 people in the stands and BC fans sound more like 30,000 fans. It would be nice if Fox or ESPN picked up the mantle but the logisitcs probably dictate that it is too late to set it up. If the COA and NJCAA would get over themselves and do what is best for juco ball, I'm pretty sure a National Title game would draw interest. They could even ride it on the coat tails of a D-1 Bowl game like the Vegas Bowl in a two for one deal. That way they'd be sure to have fans in the stands. Unfortunately, and especially in the current economic climate, it won't happen anytime soon.
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Posted: 11/30/2012 6:25 PM

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I haven't looked yet... No Internet stream?

Hope you've seen the great pub job NJCAA does. They rock. Tons of press all season long and most or all bowls streamed.

Coa is obviously living a different universe. In saying that I mean no disrespect... There are clearly different realities for the two organizations. Njcaa is, quite simply, light years ahead.
Kevin Lustgarten / JC Grid-Wire
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