Conference Realignment: A Big Greedy Mess

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Conference realignment. Also known as The Great War of the B.S. Conferences.

Yes, B.S. Conferences. Not BCS.

The playground battle between greedy school children continues to bother college football fans from Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington.

Enough is enough.

It is time for Father NCAA to step in with a belt in hand and whip some sense back into the circus-loving conference commissioners who seem to have eyes bigger than their stomachs.

Nobody wants the madness to settle until 64 teams have lobbied, bullied and bribed their way into power so a “national champion” can be crowned in a 4-team conference champions’ playoff.

The desperation is laughable.

Oklahoma regents meet on Monday to take their school into a conference that references the Pacific Ocean in its name.

TCU will be playing in a league that houses its closest neighbor nearly 900 miles away.

Texas is forgetting that Austin does not touch an ocean. Even if it did, the Gulf of Mexico is not a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific for that matter.

Give me a break.

Every realignment prediction out there projects that Boise State is left outside in the cold come New Years bowl game season. How then can we be sure that the winner of a 4-team playoff would truly be our nation’s champion when an undefeated Boise team would not even be invited to the party?

Does anybody care about that slight oversight?

If Boise, Idaho were located four or five states further east, the injustice of the mere suggestion would have already gone before a Supreme Court judge—not a far-out prediction considering Baylor’s recent litigation threats.

Apparently, the senseless NCAA is going to sit back with a bag of popcorn while Mike Slive and Larry Scott lie their way to the high throne of college football where ESPN will crown them with an inscribed 14-carrot golden hat, “Bow Down to the Worldwide Leader.”

But in the words of the great coach, Lee Corso…

“Not so fast my friend!”

Here’s my solution……

Bye Bye BCS.

 

Order is restored in my just and fair daydreams.

Ever logical, I have replaced the hapless NCAA president and the first thing I have done is destroy the BCS and reconstruct every FBS conference.

Mike Slive and Larry Scott are welcome to reapply for positions as conference commissioners, but based on their track records of “doing what’s best for the student athletes” their chances for rehire are slim.

BUT WAIT!!! YOU WANT FOUR SUPER-CONFERENCES?

Ok…Wish Granted!

 

All 96 Teams are eligible for the Championship.

While I may not agree, I listen to the cries from the majority and grant you your wish.

Each conference consists of 24 teams split up into Tier A and Tier B divisions. Anyone familiar with European soccer leagues?

The 12 teams in Tier A of each conference will compete to send their champion to the beloved 4-team playoff to determine the national champion.

The 12 teams in Tier B of each conference will compete to send their champion into Tier A, replacing the school in the higher division with the most losses on the season.

Any school placed in a Tier B division of its conference, therefore, has the right to compete for a national championship within only one year. Win your conference and you move up with the Tier A boys. Lose your conference and you move down to Tier B.

48 teams will compete for the national championship in a given year. 96 teams are considered Division I, FBS, or whatever you want to call it.

The 48 teams playing in Tier B divisions play with the hope of a promotion into Tier A.

Take Colorado for example. After considering your past few seasons, I have placed you in the Tier B division of the Pacific Conference.

Are you going to cry about it?

Simply win your Tier B division and you earn the right to play with USC, Oregon and Arizona State again.

Be careful what you wish for, though. Losing eight conference games in a Tier A division will place you right back where you started, unable to compete for a national championship the following year while playing in the Tier B division.

Now, a message to the schools not included in my 96-team league. Utah State, New Mexico State and Toledo, that means you.

Any team performing consistently at the bottom of its Tier B division can be challenged by a Division II (FCS) program. In the challenge, the performance of both programs over a five-year period of time will be reviewed and considered.

Louisiana Tech, I have included you as one of my last selections in the 96-team league. If you consistently lose games and play at the bottom of the Tier B South Conference, someone will challenge you and you’ll be booted from the league.

 

 

You will have your 4 Conferences.

 

Do not be shocked when you see the Big 12, ACC, SEC and Big East all broken up between conferences in the following slides. After all, I did say I used logic in creating the league. Rivalries, geography and tradition were the major factors considered in creating each conference.

Pacific Conference, Midwest Conference, South Conference, and East Conference.

Consider this hypothetical league a foundation of reason amid the mayhem and chaos of the disgusting politicking swarming around college football this season.

What would this season play out like with a strong structure holding it all together?

Which four teams would we see playing for the championship? Which four teams would earn a spot into a Tier A division by winning a Tier B league?

Sigh.

A structure this reasonable is not going to happen for college football. We can expect to see Bobo The Clown take over as the official college football mascot.

Bobo will also wear a BCS t-shirt.

Thank you, BCS, for placing college football in a ridiculously unjust state that has both AQ and non-AQ schools scrambling for a better solution. All signs indicate the problems will get much worse before they get better. (Florida State is proposing it is a fit for the Big Ten?!?)

NCAA, I have no words to describe your incompetence while college football destroys itself. Please prove me wrong by doing something proactive and take control.

 

18 thoughts on “Conference Realignment: A Big Greedy Mess

  1. While I don’t particularly care for the BCS I don’t care for the NCAA either.

    Regarding Boise, I’m still not a believer. They are exciting as hell to watch, nut my beef with them goes beyond enjoyability.

    Constantly the fans and experts continuously say things like “Oklahoma was a long time ago; they’ve proven themselves:

    No, they haven’t. They’ve proven that, when it comes to bowls and given a month to heal and prepare, they can compete with most people, especially those who may be playing disappointed for having had higher expectations for the year.

    They’ve proven that, given a month to prepare, they can win a season opener with a full roster and treating the game as their goliath and not having to really worry about another to come until Oct/Nov. Meanwhile, the team they open the season against recruits and gameplans for the season, to survive the conference grind.

    I am not suggesting Oregon, VT and Georgia didn’t even so much as watch game film; what I am suggesting is those teams treated it as a “this week” thing whereas Boise more or less hinges their season on it.

    All the time we hear about Florida’s OOC scheduling. Meanwhile, it’s usually only Florida fans who defend the conference strength.

    Meanwhile, a lot of the same schmucks who challenge Florida’s scheduling actually think Boise should get a shot at the title for having a season opening win against a ranked team even though they play a patsy schedule the rest of the way.

    You know what ? Florida often risks its season in an OOC game vs FSU. Boise, schedule a tough OOC game after your team has gone through the rigors of a season and maybe I myself will take you seriously.

    For now, you’re just a cute team with cute turf who plays exciting football and wins the occasional fight with someone who just stumbled out of bed hungover; you;re really not a serious threat.

    Last year the Pac 10 had a serious hardon for expansion and even for 16 teams. What do you do? You jump to the MWC, a slightly more profitable conference than the WAC while poising less of a threat since BYU left, Utah left and even TCU left.

    Instead of proving you can run a gauntlet, you jumped to another conference that will leave behind cream puffs and took some of your current pinatas with you.

    Boise State can piss off until they get real.

    PS I love the blue turf and any coach who wines about it should get fired. Home Field advantage should extend beyond just the intoxication level of the spectators.

  2. While I don’t particularly care for the BCS I don’t care for the NCAA either.

    Regarding Boise, I’m still not a believer. They are exciting as hell to watch, nut my beef with them goes beyond enjoyability.

    Constantly the fans and experts continuously say things like “Oklahoma was a long time ago; they’ve proven themselves:

    No, they haven’t. They’ve proven that, when it comes to bowls and given a month to heal and prepare, they can compete with most people, especially those who may be playing disappointed for having had higher expectations for the year.

    They’ve proven that, given a month to prepare, they can win a season opener with a full roster and treating the game as their goliath and not having to really worry about another to come until Oct/Nov. Meanwhile, the team they open the season against recruits and gameplans for the season, to survive the conference grind.

    I am not suggesting Oregon, VT and Georgia didn’t even so much as watch game film; what I am suggesting is those teams treated it as a “this week” thing whereas Boise more or less hinges their season on it.

    All the time we hear about Florida’s OOC scheduling. Meanwhile, it’s usually only Florida fans who defend the conference strength.

    Meanwhile, a lot of the same schmucks who challenge Florida’s scheduling actually think Boise should get a shot at the title for having a season opening win against a ranked team even though they play a patsy schedule the rest of the way.

    You know what ? Florida often risks its season in an OOC game vs FSU. Boise, schedule a tough OOC game after your team has gone through the rigors of a season and maybe I myself will take you seriously.

    For now, you’re just a cute team with cute turf who plays exciting football and wins the occasional fight with someone who just stumbled out of bed hungover; you;re really not a serious threat.

    Last year the Pac 10 had a serious hardon for expansion and even for 16 teams. What do you do? You jump to the MWC, a slightly more profitable conference than the WAC while poising less of a threat since BYU left, Utah left and even TCU left.

    Instead of proving you can run a gauntlet, you jumped to another conference that will leave behind cream puffs and took some of your current pinatas with you.

    Boise State can piss off until they get real.

    PS I love the blue turf and any coach who wines about it should get fired. Home Field advantage should extend beyond just the intoxication level of the spectators.

  3. I agree with Bone here. Boise and it’s fans love the attention they get for going undefeated and still being left out every year. They want to play the “best” in specially programmed games sprinkled sparingly throughout their nothing schedule. The logic used to claim Boise St. belongs in the same club as the nation’s elite is total hypocrisy. The focus is always on how they performed in one game all season long, so by that same logic, we can also base the quality of their wins on the performance against Nevada last year, or the close ones over Louisiana Tech and Tulsa in 09, or TCU in 08, or Hawaii and Washington in 07.

    Congrats on your overtime win against Oklahoma FIVE YEARS ago. Since then, the only games we can refer to are Virginia Tech (who lost to unranked James Madison the following week) and Georgia (who is going to have to fight just to stay above .500 for the second year in a row).

  4. Guys I am by no means a Boise State fan..I am a University of Florida alumnus..I am just speaking non-bias..This is what the BCS has done to this generation..caused greed and forced the hands of non AQ schools to want to move and caused the chaos we have

  5. This is such a complicated issue. But leave it to the NCAA and greedy commissioners to screw it up. I’ve never been a fan of the BCS.

  6. What can the NCAA do about Conference Realignment? They have no power… As far as the BCS its a bunch of crap and everyone knows it. ESPN is taking over college football and there is nothing we can do about it. College football is going to go in the direction that ESPN tells it to go because its all about money.

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