It’s not a revolution in jorts… just an evolution.
Those bad boys will come in handy when the Porta Potty lines in Jax get too long.
(h/t Michael Felder)
Terry Holland, who will always occupy a warm place in my heart for leading Virginia to its first (and, sadly, only) ACC basketball title and is now the athletic director at Eastern Carolina, has for some reason decided to post his view of where the college athletic world is at the moment as the conference musical chairs game whirls on.
It’s an interesting read – equal parts bravado (“Conference USA is rapidly preparing to compete for the remaining Big 12 members if the meltdown continues to a full implosion.”), obviousness (“The Big East has been in a bunker mentality, hoping to keep enough of its eight current members to remain a viable FBS (formerly Division I-A) Conference with automatic qualification for BCS bowl games.”) and insight:
… As for the rest of the expansion nationwide, I believe Texas will hold the Big 12 together. Texas and Oklahoma should be very happy to say “good riddance” to the conference championship game. Those two teams have a better chance for each to end up in BCS Bowls in a given season without the “double jeopardy” that a conference championship game creates for them. In fact, a nine-member Big Whatever should be their goal.
If Texas holds the Big Whatever together, the Pac 10′s “quick strike” will come back to haunt them because they are now committed to finding at least one more member who can add value to the Pac 10. Colorado’s main value was as “bait” for Texas, Oklahoma, etc… in order to create real value for the Pac 10.
Take a look at the whole thing.
Prepare to read a lot of this sort of BS over the next few months:
… WHILE SOME might think UCLA is the big winner in all this, it’s Lane Kiffin, who gets two years of practice and exhibition games before he really has to follow in Carroll’s footsteps.
Right. It’s just that if all USC needs is a place holder for the next couple of years, you’d think they could find somebody who’d cost a lot less than Kiffin père et fils.
Anyway, Ben Dukes comes up with a road map for Junior’s return to glory. Almost.
… Unfortunately for Kiffin, in the BCS title game, he faces an SEC team with a full allotment of scholarships for its own 4 and 5 star players. The SEC schedule has made grizzled veterans out of even its first-year-starters. In short, the depth of the roster and the SEC schedule has created a behemoth that even his careful planning and strategic depth-charting can not overcome.
But hey, at least they won the Pac-1X again.
Of course, Ben neglects to mention that the Laner started his preparations for hard times a while ago.
Georgia Tech suspends a player for behavior that incurred criminal charges last weekend.
Gosh, and to think the Jacket fan base insists that stuff like that never happens on the Flats.
The Geek: I know I came on kinda like a poozer on the bus tonight and everything. But that’s just so my friends won’t think, you know, I’m a jerk.
Samantha: But they’re all pretty much jerks, though, aren’t they?
The Geek: Yeah, but the thing is, I’m kinda like the leader. Kinda like the king of the dipshits.
Samantha: Well, that’s pretty cool. Hey, but a lot can happen over a year. I mean, you could come back next fall as a completely normal person.
Or like a conference with an automatic qualification for the BCS…
As commenter Jason noted this morning, this thread at StingTalk is way too good to pass up. Start with this:
All this re-alignment drama reminds me of weekends nights in college. Bar is about to close. Me and 3 buddies are trying to decide which chicks we try to score with. 50 other dudes trying to figure out the same thing. We gotta make quick decisions before our competition does.
Do we go for the best looking?…the easy score (slut)?…the easy score (fat)?….the smart girl from class?….or old reliable (solid choice, but nothing exciting)?
I think all 4 conferences want Texas (best looking).
Pac 10 already snagged Colorado (slut).
Big 10 snagged Nebraska (old reliable).
How would you guys categorize GT in SEC/Big 10 eyes?
They really make it easy sometimes. Answers, please, in the comments.
Joe at Coaches Hot Seat Blog can certainly be a little too over-the-top sometimes, but damn does he nail Dennis Dodd for that stupid “USC football is going to walk” post of Dodd’s from last week. Definitely an enjoyable read, for more than one reason.
UPDATE: On a related front, the comments here in response to Kiffin’s take on the situation are pretty funny.
UPDATE #2: By the way, Dodd’s take today is that he was “duped”.
The point is, USC AD Mike Garrett ran the Pete Carroll search like he ran his department. Shoddily.
Kyle King makes a cogent argument as to why the Big Ten is reportedly inviting Nebraska to join the conference ahead of Missouri, despite the latter’s access to a larger media market.
… Given its location, enrollment, surrounding population, league affiliation, and lack of an in-state intercollegiate rival, the University of Missouri ought to boast a much better program than it historically has, but the Tigers are who they are. Nebraska is more attractive than Mizzou because the Cornhuskers command every TV set in their state. “We’ve got more people” is an argument that comes up short against the retort, “We’ve got more people who’ll watch.” All Missouri offers the Big Ten Network is more would-be subscribers who won’t subscribe.
There’s certainly something to that, but I think Kyle is missing one key factor here that makes it easier for Jim Delany to ignore the bigger media market – Nebraska’s entry makes the Big Ten a twelve-school league. That makes a conference championship game, with all its attendant extra revenue, a reality.
I only point this out to highlight the fact that the calculations for conferences now without championship games, at least the two that are driving radical realignment currently, are different from those with such a game. That’s really why I’m not surprised that the Big Ten may stop and catch its breath after landing Nebraska and not continue on and try to annex a goodly chunk of the Big East to force Notre Dame into the fold. It’s relatively easy to calculate what that twelfth school brings to the table; that’s not so for numbers thirteen through sixteen.
And it’s something that Texas has to factor in to its decision making about whether to stay or go. If it elects to keep the Big XII going, it’s going to have to find two warm bodies to make up for the loss of Colorado and Nebraska, Dan Beebe’s ineptness notwithstanding. Even for a school doing as well as Texas, you can’t ditch those championship game dollars.
It’s also something to keep in mind as we try to figure out what Mike Slive is up to. His conference is already raking in the championship game bucks, so he’s motivated by different factors than his Big Ten and Pac-10 counterparts.
UPDATE: David Hale elaborates further.
You know, if I’m somebody who’s affiliated with the 2004 Auburn team now, my first instinct in the wake of the USC sanctions and what that would likely mean as to its BCS title that season would be to smile knowingly and accept the inevitable back patting and sympathetic head shaking from the many people who believe the program got screwed and say nothing more. Show a little class, in other words.
But, then again, I’m not Tommy Tuberville.
Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville said there should be a revote of the 2004 National Championship since USC has been forced to vacate all of its wins from the 2004 season, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Tuberville, who was the head coach at Auburn at the time, led the Tigers to a 13-0 record in 2004 and ultimately the No. 2 ranking in the BCS polls after winning the 2005 Sugar Bowl but the Tigers were left out of the national title game while previously-undefeated Oklahoma was dismantled by USC 55-19 in the 2005 Orange Bowl.
“We never complained when they went by the process the last time, and they should go by the process this time,” Tuberville told Schlabach. “If they were ineligible, I think they should have a revote and let people vote on it and decide who they think was the best team that year. If everybody thinks it was Oklahoma, that’s fine. If everybody thinks it was Auburn, that’s fine.”
But what I admire most about Tuberville’s call for a revote is his selective mindset – “Oklahoma, that’s fine”, my ass. What Tuberville really wants is for voters to disregard both USC because of the sanctions and the Sooners because of their loss to USC in the title game. In other words, Southern Cal can’t count for itself, but should count for beating Oklahoma. Nice work there.
Oh, and by the way, Coach, while you’re trying to have it both ways, don’t forget there was another undefeated D-1 team that season.
(h/t College Football Talk)