College Football: Bowling Green Administrator Takes Big Hit to Promote Defense

Alan BlackAnalyst IIIJune 27, 2013

December 27, 2012; Washington, DC USA;  San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales (10) throws the ball while being hit by Bowling Green Falcons defensive tackle Ted Ouellet (93) in the third quarter of the 2012 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. The Spartans won 29-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bowling Green State University is returning a powerful defense that ranked 11th in the nation in sacks last year. You wouldn't know it, though, with how little publicity the team has gotten this offseason.

Such is the life of a team in the MAC, where you have less to work with than most of the other FBS teams. Even when you manage to do more with less, you either get ignored or maligned, as Northern  Illinois discovered after their history-making season last year.

To drum up awareness for the team's stellar defense, the school's Sports Information Director, Dave Meyer, decided to put his body on the line. No, really, that's exactly what he did—suiting up in full pads to take a powerful hit from All-MAC defensive tackle Ted Ouellet.

This man deserves a raise for how he handled it. On the space above the facemask where a player's name usually goes, Meyer instead wrote his blood type, "O-NEG." His first tweet after the sack was: "If people could check in on Ted Ouellet during the day that would be great. I am afraid he hurt himself during the sack."

There's something to be said for an administrator who is willing to voluntarily be sacked by an all-conference defensive lineman. While Bowling Green may not get the respect it deserves, they do have an administration that truly supports them.

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