Antitrust, bitchez!

I couldn’t help but chuckle about where Jake Crouthamel, Syracuse’s former athletic director, sees things going at the end of the conference expansion trail.

… Eventually, Crouthamel said he saw the Big Ten, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Southeastern Conference and the Pacific-10 forming four 16-team superconferences and leaving the umbrella of the N.C.A.A. (Just imagine the fight between the SEC and the Pac-10 for Texas.) He said that those leagues would form their own basketball tournament to rival the N.C.A.A. tournament. [Emphasis added.]

“If you look at the history of what’s been going on for the last decade, I think it’s leading in that direction,” he said.

Mind you, this is coming from a guy who was one of the architects of the Big East.

Just think about the potential joy to be taken from these scenarios if that played out:

  • March Madness would become the greatest postseason event evah!  All Cinderella, all the time.
  • Orrin Hatch would have to explain how competition would be bad for college football.
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12 responses to “Antitrust, bitchez!

  1. Connor

    We’re thinking further and further down the road, when the Big Ten may not even take the first step. But it is diverting.
    Would four 16 team superconferences be the death of the NCAA? What would that mean? Would these superconferences rollback some of the NCAA guidelines that its members have found constricting, like football scholarship limits or graduation rate penalties? What about recruiting?Would they blow up the Basketball tourney and just have their own 32 team bracket? If things actually start moving in the direction of actual conference expansion and consolidation, it’ll be interesting to see how many concerns start appearing. Will they trump the money?

  2. dboy

    Seems a bit far fetched bitchez… but I love the title of the post!

  3. Phocion

    Government can solve this problem!!!

    There needs to be a Title XIX that covers ‘minority’ colleges (those that aren’t part of the Big Six) who are thus unfairly prevented from taking part in the ol’ boys’ network country club spoils system that the NCAA/BCS has set up.

    No MNCG invite…No Peace!
    No MNCG invite…No Peace!!
    No MNCG invite…No Peace!!!

    • Phocion

      IX…not XIX, obviously.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        The speculation about conference expansion is interesting. I, for one, would like to see the SEC being proactive about this rather than reactive. If the SEC got Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and Houston that would pretty much sew up the 3rd most populated state from a media perspective while preserving the natural rivalries from that state, making such a move attractive to the Texas schools. This would also require a major realignment in the SEC East and West, though. How about SEC West: Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Houston, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State; SEC East: Alabama, Auburn,Tennessee, UGA, Vanderbilt, Florida and South Carolina.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Oops. Add Kentucky to the SEC East.

        • How about dropping Houston, keeping Alabama or Auburn in the West, and instead picking up Clemson in the East? I don’t think Houston adds much value to the equation, to be honest.

        • Phocion

          You don’t need Houston or TCU to ‘preserve natural rivalries’. Texas and TAMU and be done with it. Take Oklahoma and OSU if that is the type of thing that intertests you.

          And, like AuditDawg mentions, look to the ACC for new SEC East teams – FSU, UM, Clemson, and VT.

          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            I am fine with the idea of sewing up Florida as a media market. Adding FSU and Miami to the SEC East would accomplish that. You could simultaneously get Texas and Texas A&M for the SEC West.

  4. keith

    You would need to swap Texas Tech for Houston. Better football program, natural rivals for Texas and Texas A&M.

    • Phocion

      Tech is a bit of a Johnny-come-lately. The tortilla-tossers from Lubbock would love that kind of acknowledgement but if you ask Horns or Ags they don’t look at Tech as such a rival. UT and TAMU look across the Red River instead.

  5. A girl named Cindy must have really broke your heart ;-)