Monday, May 03, 2010

Fool on the Hill, Part Deux

Unlike John Feinstein, Austin Murphy doesn't confuse the dog and the tail. From his piece in this week's Sports Illustrated on the impending conference shakeup:


Having heard Swarbrick repeatedly insist that the Irish could never join the Big Ten unless its partner, the Big East, was reduced to a smoking ruin, Delany decides to oblige them. In addition to coaxing Missouri and Nebraska to the altar, the Big Ten cherry-picks Pitt and Rutgers. With the Big East tottering on the verge of extinction, Notre Dame has no choice but to become the 16th member of the Big Ten. Fielding Yost and Jesse Harper perform simultaneous barrel rolls in their graves.

Not above shopping at a fire sale, the ACC gobbles up Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia, forming the nation's second 16-team superconference, thus meeting SEC commissioner Slive's threshold for significant paradigm shift.

His hand forced, Slive wins a bidding war with the Pac-10 for Texas, which has no interest in remaining in the suddenly second-tier Big 12. To ease the Longhorns' transition, Slive invites along Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, forcing the Big 12 to reconstitute itself with a dog's breakfast of remainders from the WAC and the Mountain West.

Emboldened by their new power, the remaining superconferences—the self-described Gang of Five—vote to jettison the NCAA and form their own league. Suddenly redundant and unfunded, that now sclerotic body dies a slow death, like the "withering away of the state" in Marxist doctrine. The Gang continues to work with the BCS, after wresting one key concession: From this point on, the national championship will be decided by a plus-one national championship game.

Doesn't that seem a little more likely than the NCAA forcing its most powerful members to make a move that they have resisted for decades?


Senator Blutarsky said...

Yeah, except that I don't think the Big XII survives Apocalypse Delany. In addition to the defections you mention, I think Colorado joins the Pac-10. There isn't enough left after that to constitute a major conference.

Jesse said...

Will this superconference talk turn into another playoff conversation piece, or do we actually think this one is gonna happen? And if so, exactly what are we as fans gaining from it all?

Isn't it just as likely that we would still have certain conferences that are inferior to others and talk would drivel down into what it is today, that being people will still want to see inter-conference play to truly determine the best team?

Frankly, I'm still of the opinion that the problem lies in the fact that there are 120 teams and only 12 weeks in which to play games. Maybe some of these teams should go join Div-IAA or DIV-II and they should allow the schools to play all those empty weeks that we are forced to watch bad teams in bad bowls. Get rid of the bowl system except for the four major ones and a championship game and let these teams play another four weeks of games.

It wouldn't give us a true definitive answer, but we'd be a lot closer than we are now, which frankly isn't all that broken to begin with. I would like to see a much more calculated way of determining rankings other than error filled human polls, but w/e, it works and it's not that far off when it comes down to determining the best two teams.