George had to find another team to bring to Folsom Field. The 'had to' part is the key portion of the last sentence.
In other years, CU might have been content to simply play 11 games, but the athletic department is coming off a year in which it suffered a $7.5 million budget shortfall caused by poor ticket sales in a lousy 2012 football season and coaching change.
It couldn't afford to lose a full game of revenue this year and George deserves credit to making sure that won't happen. After weeks of trying to find a solution and discussions with dozens of schools, George announced Charleston Southern has agreed to come to Boulder Oct. 19.
We should give some credit here to Charleston Southern being willing to come to Boulder and take on a Bowl Championship Series team in the middle of the season. Obviously, the Buccaneers will get a sizeable paycheck for doing so but it's still a gutsy move that program should be credited for taking.
Sure, it would have been nice to convince a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent to schedule a game in the middle of the season, but that always was unlikely and a hard sell for every program CU approached. This is another point where George deserves credit. A few FBS programs were
willing to come but wanted way too much money to make it happen. George smartly said no to those options.
Finally, George also worked to get a waiver from the NCAA that will allow the Buffs to play in a bowl game if they get to six wins with two of those wins against FCS teams. Normally only one win over an FCS team is countable toward bowl eligibility.
The NCAA gets a lot of things wrong and often paints with too big a brush, but it deserves credit for working with the Buffs here and granting that waiver ahead of time.
All in all, George did almost as well as he could have considering all the options. I think the only fair grade here is an A-minus. George as much as any CU fan could have hoped for under the circumstances.