Louisville, Memphis State and Cincinnati have been intwined in a triangle relationship for many decades and through multiple conferences. It’s a rivalry that hasn’t received the same noterity or exposure as Duke and North Carolina or Texas and Oklahoma but it is a rivalry that has brought out the vile from all three fan bases. It is also unique in that it envolves three teams.
The Louisville, Memphis State, and Cincinnati rivalries have spanned many decades and almost as many conferences. These rivalries, that are underappreciated nationally, hold a special place in the heart s of these three universities and fan bases. It is truly a love/hate relationship; we love to hate each other.
Talk around Louisville this week has centered around University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey comments from a radio show recently. He was answering questions regarding the Cardinals move to the ACC. His response led to talk radio and message board panic.
The folk over at Frank the Tank are having fun talking about Big XII expansion scenarios. Assuming that the Big XII wants to add two schools… and cannot steal from the ACC, SEC, B1G, or Pac-12, where does the Big XII go? Frank the Tank lists them in order as Cincinnati, BYU, San Diego State, Central Florida, South Florida, and then Tulane. The question for ACC fans. Which would we like to see? Which would we hate to see?
The board of reps for D1 has proposed D4. Here is the CBS article. What are your thoughts?
It feels good to win. And why wouldn’t it? It’s exciting. It’s exhilarating. It’s motivating. But sometimes winning just doesn’t seem possible. Kansas football. Clemson basketball in the Dean Dome. The Big Ten in population growth. Hopeless causes. Or are they? Maybe they’re just a few moves away. I think the NCAA is too.
Last night, the Confidential unwittingly entered into a Twitter-battle with a West Virginia blogger. The Confidential noted that West Virginia had become responsible for two things lately: bad expansion rumors and bad football. One such twitterer came to the forefront, presumably seeking to take credit for being the blogger that was the source of those rumors. Some day, the Confidential will appear on some “show” to discuss expansion, i.e. whether this blogger had sources providing rumors that, while not coming true, were rumors that could have been true, had something not happened. Or something like that.
But a bigger question remains… what is the deal with West Virginia? And is the West Virginia-Big XII marriage a happy one?
Here we go again… A few months ago, the Confidential wrote about a future between Texas and the ACC, and just recently wrote about Texas’ questionable decision to promote Greg Robinson from “football analyst” to Defensive Coordinator (a.k.a. – Brown’s next Fall Guy).
The total ineptitude in Texas has many Longhorn bloggers and fans speculating that Deloss Dodds’ future as the Athletic Director will be ending at year’s end, while others at this point are hoping that Mack Brown will man-up and call it quits after the season.
That kind of sea change could have dramatic effects on the future of a Texas program that is watching the Aggies capture the national love-and-attention (OK…maybe just attention) while the Longhorns are entering a slippery-slope of irrelevancy.
Factor in the rumblings that the B1G has performed their due diligence on Oklahoma and Kansas, and we could be in for another round of conference realignment opening the door for Texas to the ACC.
The folks over at Frank the Tank have been having some fun with expansion scenarios involving Big XII teams. As always, it is the imperialistic Big 10 looking to find colonies (schools) in new lands (markets). One person even posed the Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas/UConn idea. Well, our ACC is in a battle for survival. It is “eat” or “be eaten.” The Confidential believes that it is the ACC that needs to have its eyes on Texas. Any conference would be glad to have Texas, if the ACC can pull it off, it would cement the conference in the top 4. But how to do it?
Let’s talk Division 4 football.
By now you’ve heard of it. It’s everywhere. We’ve even talked about it here. The “Power 5″ conferences break away to form their own division within the NCAA structure, or even break away from the NCAA entirely (for football). But this isn’t about whether it’s a good idea, or a bad idea. It’s not about whether the players deserved to be paid, or deserve to earn more. It’s about the next step if it does happen.