… let ACC commissioner John Swofford explain the way today’s world works to you.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said the NCAA board will consider in April legislation from the ACC and Big 12 to give conferences autonomy on how they stage conference championship games. The legislation would eliminate the requirement that in order to stage a conference championship game a league must have 12 teams, round-robin divisional play and pair two division champions for the championship.
There appears to be considerable support for allowing conferences, not the NCAA, to decide how to stage league championship games.
“I think it would be in keeping with the decentralization of a lot of things in the NCAA,” Swofford said. “We’re supportive of this mainly out of principle, not because we know what we would do if we had that autonomy.”
The ACC has had mixed reviews internally about changing its championship game format. A positive is scrapping divisions would allow teams to play each other more frequently during the regular season.
“From a pure business standpoint, it could be helpful,” Swofford said, referring to more attractive regular-season matchups for TV and attendance. “But you give up some things too. You give up divisional races, for one.”
Minor detail. What’s the need for a divisional race in a world of eight-team (or larger) national playoffs? Think I’m exaggerating?
Just like with men’s basketball, making the playoff field is slowly becoming the be all and end all for college football. And to get there, these guys are at a point where they’re willing to sell anything that isn’t nailed down. And they’ll consider an offer for that stuff, too.
In case you missed it, we’re just wallets. And the players are just amateurs.