You had me at “tradition”.

Shorter John Feinstein:  conference expansion proves that all the BCS presidents care about is money, although the postseason proves that they all care about is power, except that Texas leaving a conference it controls for one it doesn’t proves it’s all about the money.  Also, Jim Delany.

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11 responses to “You had me at “tradition”.

  1. Macallanlover

    Anyone who read Feinstein’s comments about Augusta National and the Masters in his book “Good Walk Spoiled” knows he is the very last person to lecture anyone on “tradition”. John thinks he can judge what traditions should be protected, and which should be changed because they don’t fit his definition of worthy.

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  2. Gen. Stoopnagle

    Wait? Who is it that’s paying attention to college athletics and is just now getting around to “it’s all about the money?”

    Friend, it’s nearly ALWAYS been about money where colleges and sports are concerned. Why would Amos Alonzo Stagg take UC on a West Coast trip to play the powers? Pretty much the same reasons why Texas may move to the Pac1*: exposure. Money.

    Stop with the self-righteousness already.

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    • Hope you’re not addressing that towards me – I wasn’t being self-righteous about the money, just pointing out that Feinstein is being his usual incoherent self when it comes to pontificating about college football.

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  3. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Feinstein makes an interesting point about the lack of a “plus one” game (in reality a 4 team playoff) leading to the demise of the Big-12 and, consequently, the emerging chaos we are witnessing now nationwide. If such is really the case that would be poetic justice. Those who have consistently advocated in favor of a playoff for D-I, while saddened by these events, should find it quite ironic that the lack of a playoff has lead NCAA D-I football to this.

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    • He’s just riffing off of a Dan Wetzel post from about a week ago. Wetzel offers no proof of (1) how much money a plus-one would deliver to the Big XII or (2) how those additional funds would be distributed to its individual members. That’s kind of important, isn’t it?

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  4. The plus 1 game or 4 team playoff is what I have always been in favor of.

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  5. Brandon

    Texas is just plain skeered to join the SEC, no more “these colors don’t run” shirts for them.

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    • Macallanlover

      I don’t know about “skeered” (they would be a top tier team in the SEC), but the difficulty of the schedule, combined with opening the recruiting door to their box of treasures, and not getting special treatment does appear to be too much for them. Like everyone else, they could not dominate the league like they have.

      Hiding behind the academic argument is the one I don’t get. Their average SAT for incoming 2009 freshmen has them well behind both Florida and Georgia, who trail Vandy by quite a bit. They would be at least 4th, and there could be others ahead of them, I didn’t check. Texas is a fine school, tied with Florida at 15th for Public Schools in Newsweek’s ranking, just ahead of UGA at #21. So what are they being snooty about. It isn’t like conferences have contests between professors or debate teams, this is about athletics.

      If you don’t want any of it, just say so. Everyone already knows you won’t bully this conference like you have the Big 12, or did the SWC, with your special deals. Looks today like the Big 12 will try to stay together…since you are getting another special deal.

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      • Brandon

        Sure they’d be a top tier team in the SEC but year in and year out some combination of four or so of these six teams (UF, Bama, UGA, Tenn, LSU, or Aub) would have comparable talent to what they assemble in Austin. I don’t think they want a piece of that. In the Big XII only OU can challenge them talent wise year in and year out and they would have picked up only USC in the Pac 10 that could match them (and now they’ve been neutered). Anyway, I agree with you about the academic thing, what a load of crap.

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        • Macallanlover

          And I agree, the reality of being one of 5-6 big fish in the SEC versus one of two whales in the Big 12 or PAC 10 was a concern. I just don’t think it could be characterized as being “scared”. Sobering and ego deflating might be closer to what was in their mind.

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