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.

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  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.

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  3. Reptillicide

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

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  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.

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  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

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

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  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.

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