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.