A modest proposal that a Pirate likes

The Wall Street Journal fleshes out something I tossed out a while ago – adapting the English Premier League’s “relegated” teams concept to college football.

Their version is better, simply because they’ve got a quote from Mike Leach.

“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said. “Now I’m not one of those guys that thinks the U.S. needs to do everything like Europe.…[But] there needs to be a healthy dose of open-mindedness to new ideas.”

Fun read… check it out.


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6 responses to “A modest proposal that a Pirate likes

  1. Ben Rockwell

    I don’t know all of the details about how the Premier League pulls this off, but I can imagine it would be a nightmare in college football. However, it would be a hell of a lot of fun to see.

    How would it be set up, and how would traditional powers be handled vs traditional mid-tier teams vs. bottom dwellers?

    I think there would have to be some kind of system that acknowledged every team wasn’t already on equal footing, but this could be a lot fun to see. Simply have regions with teams sliding in and out of divisions based on previous performances? That’s be awesome.


  2. Senator I’ve thought about this too. Its a good idea of how to separate the tiers and force folks to be, oh, I don’t know, actually good.

    Logistic issues obviously come from the conference/tv contract angle and getting folks to sign up for this.


  3. Reptillicide

    Chuck Oliver suggested almost the same thing for the SEC the other day. Maybe he read your blog.


  4. Bill

    I really like the concept. And you really don’t need to blow up the current conference set up.

    As any true capitalist would agree, every school should have at least a shot of playing with the big boys. But they would have to earn it and not have it handed to them by Congress.


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Leach needs to STFU until his case against TTU is concluded.


  6. Dan

    I love it. However, the issue is that if one of the “lower” teams wins its division with a bunch of seniors that they stacked on the team, they don’t have the opportunity to pay for a bunch of quality players once they move into the SEC that first year with a bunch of inexperience, while teams on the edge of relegation ostensibly can and would add folks (ahem, Carlos Tevez and West Ham a couple years ago) to try and stay in.

    I guess that’s kind of what you get with recruiting, though, but it’s not as immediate.