Matt Hinton has been one of my favorite college football pundits for a long while, but this take…
First off, who’s he got in mind? The NCAA, as my last post indicates, is a complete joke in the absence of any maintain the financial status quo issue. If he had the responsibility, Mark Emmert wouldn’t know what to do with it.
But really, this take — and I saw it quite a lot yesterday from a variety of sources I respect — ignores one basic thing about college football.
It’s not built for that. It never has been. The main reason people think it is stems from the push from ESPN and other places to remake the sport’s passionate regional appeal into something blander, but more broadly based in a national perspective.
I’ve said it before, but unlike professional sports, college football isn’t a monolithic structure. The P5 conferences, as yesterday’s decision by the Big Ten illustrated, are independent organizations that sometimes compete and sometimes cooperate with each other. And their commissioners aren’t giving up their power for a sport czar.
That’s part of college football’s freakish charm, even if moments like the current one are a stress test.