Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: June 14, 2010 12:36 pm
With all the happenings around college sports concerning conference realignment, I sat down and came up with a 15-step plan that I believe will work for all involved. So, let's get right into it. The first 3 have already happened so that part was easy.
#1 - Colorado leaves the Big 12 and joins the Pac-10
This leaves the Big 12 with 11 teams and on the road to implosion. PAC-10 now has 11 teams.
#2 - Boise St leaves the WAC in search of greener pastures in the Mountain West
This puts BSU in a conference where it actually has some competition. The rest of the teams in the WAC, besides Hawaii 2 years ago, haven't been tough opponents for them. WAC now has 8 teams and MWC has 10.
#3 - Nebraska leaves the Big 12 for stability in the Big 10
This move was perfect for Nebraska. It puts them in a conference that has serious competition every year, their own TV network, and now can have a lucrative conference championship game every year. Big 12 drops to 10 teams while the Big 10 now has 12.
#4 - Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St leave the dissolving Big 12 for the rapidly growing PAC-10
These 4 schools team up together and wave goodbye to the Big 12. By doing this, alot of rivalries are kept in tact and alot more are started. This leaves the Big 12 with 6 teams and jumps the PAC-10 to 15.
#5 - Kansas and Kansas St leap from the Big 12 to the Big 10
With the Big 12 staring death in the eye, the Kansases didn't want to be left outside looking in. So they accept an invite from Jim Delany and the Big 10. Big 12 only has 4 schools left and the Big 10 balloons to 14.
#6 - Iowa St rights their sinking ship and joins the Mountain West
Again, the Big 12 is all but buried and Iowa St couldn't wait around for a bigger conference to send them a Christmas card so they accept the invite from the MWC. Big 12 drops to 3 teams and the MWC moves up to 11.
#7 - Baylor jumps off the Big 12 wagon and joins Conference-USA
I don't know why I have to keep saying this but the Big 12 is all but dead. Baylor didn't want any part of it, so they move on. C-USA has stated that it will clean up the whatever is left from the mess that was the Big 12 and this is where it starts. Big 12 is down to 2 teams and C-USA bumps up to 13.
#8 - West Virginia and Syracuse accept bids to the SEC
The SEC does not want to be left out of the "Super Conference" talk so they start to dismantle the smaller Big East. The Big East drops down to 6 teams while the SEC toughens up to 14 teams.
#9 - Notre Dame gets off their high horse and joins the Big 10
With the Big East becoming noticably smaller, Notre Dame's basketball team might be left without anywhere to go. So they jump ship before any of that happens. Big 10 now has 15 teams. Notre Dame is no longer an independant in football.
#10 - Missouri and Texas A&M join the SEC
The final 2 remaining Big 12 teams find themselves wandering around the country searching for somebody to scoop them up. This finally happens when the SEC decides to send them an invite. The Big 12 is now the Big Zero, and the SEC is the first conference to have 16 teams.
#11 - PAC-10 invites Utah to join the party
The PAC-10 doesn't want to be left with an odd number of teams and with Texas A&M jumping ship to the SEC, they decide to steal Utah from the Mountain West and create their own college football paradise. PAC-10 is the 2nd conference to have 16 teams and the MWC drops back down to 10 teams.
#12 - Cincinnati, South Florida, and Louisville join Conference USA
With the impending demise of the Big East, these 3 schools are not waiting around to see what will happen so they move their belongings to C-USA. Big East is left with 3 teams and C-USA is now the 3rd "Super Conference" with 16 teams.
#13 - Rutgers moves conference ties westward and accepts bid to join the Big 10
The Big East is now all but mathmatically eliminated from existance. The Big 10 wants the New York/New Jersey market on their resume so they extend a helping hand to Rutgers. The Big East only has 2 teams remaining and the Big 10 is the 4th conference to have 16 members.
#14 - Pittsburgh and UConn join the ACC poker game
The last remaining Big East teams pull their wagons over the ACC and join the frat party. This leaves the Big East with nothing but what is left of their pride and the ACC becomes the 5th and final 16-team "Super Conference".
#15 - WAC asks Army and Navy to sleepover at their pajama party
The WAC was left with only 8 teams so they convince the 2 remaining independants to join their illustrious institution. This makes them a 10 team conference.
So to summerize....
- The Big 12 and the Big East fall into the college football abyss
- The Big 10, ACC, SEC, PAC-10, and C-USA are now 16 team "Super Conferences"
- WAC loses 1 team but gains 2 to have 10 total
- MWC wanted to join the elite "Super Conferences" but fell short and has to be happy with 10 teams....for now
- There are no more independant teams
- All of the smaller conferences (Mid-American, Sun Belt, Big South, etc...) and sitting back enjoying margharita's and laughing at everybody else
There you have it folks, conference paradise. Plain and simple.
Oh man, my alarm is going off, now I have to go to work. What a great dream though....
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 12:09 pm
ESPN Radio has reported this morning that Texas and Texas A&M want nothing to do with the PAC-10. They would prefer to go to the Big 10. I don't know if that's true or not or where they heard it from, but they reported it.
That would be absolutely HUGE for the Big 10. With Nebraska already packing their bags and heading north, the addition of 2 more Big 12 schools would be sweet. That would reinstate the Texas-Nebraska rivalry that everybody is complaining about and it would make the Big 10 the Big 14 and it would allow them to have a very lucrative championship game in football. Plus it would get Texas on the Big 10 Network and even more money for their program. Because let's face it, we all know that this expansion is all about money.
If this happened, here's how I feel they should divide...
And even if they go out and pick up 2 more schools from the East or Notre Dame and 1 eastern school, Northwestern could move into the West bracket and whatever 2 east schools they get would jump into the East bracket.
14 teams in the Big 10 would be awesome. 16 teams would be fine but that might be getting a little large. Although, like I said before, this is all about money. So 16 would mean more cash flow, but also more to distribute.
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:06 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 9:09 am
Everybody's talking about it. Nobody knows what's going to happen. But it's looming, and everybody knows it. The PAC-10 and Big 10 are going to expand. Soon. Very soon from what it sounds like.