A few weeks ago, we had some discussion regarding relegation and how the NCAA might look with relegation. And then we discussed the purely hypothetical–even absurdly hypothetical–circumstance of which school is each conference’s weakest link. Then we took the absurd one step further and talked about conferences swapping schools. We thought we were done. Little did we know that the Big XII would jump back into the discussion… with Oklahoma seemingly parading itself to other conferences and news that five Big XII schools may have raised their skirts for the Big 10 to look at several years ago. All in all, the Big XII seems particularly unstable. What does that mean?
In our last article, we discussed the pros and cons of NCAA relegation. In this article, we will explore it in a bit greater detail–how could the Conferences be aligned in a football-centric way to allow relegation?
Division 1: Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Louisville, North Carolina State
Division 2: Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Syracuse, East Carolina, UConn
Division 3 (10): Temple, Marshall, Old Dominion, FIU, FAU, Appalachian State, UMass, Buffalo, Army, Navy
Division 1: Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Maryland
Division 2: Minnesota, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Northern Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois
Division 3 (10): Bowling Green, Ohio, Miami, Akron, Kent State, Toledo, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan,
Division 1: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M
Division 2: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, UCF, USF
Division 3 (9): Middle Tennessee, UAB, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Georgia Southern, Troy, Georgia State, Southern Mississippi
Division 1: Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, West Virginia
Division 2: Kansas, Iowa State, Houston, Memphis, East Carolina, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU
Division 3 (9) : Rice, UTEP, Texas State, UTSA, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe
Division 1: USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Oregon State
Division 2: Washington State, Utah, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Boise State, San Diego State, Utah State
Division 3 (10): Fresno State, San Jose State, Hawaii, Wyoming, Nevada, UNLV, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Air Force, Idaho
Total Schools: 80 in Division 1 and 2, 48 in Division 3, plus Notre Dame & BYU =120. Pretty sure no omissions, but you will let us know. And there is room for a few more schools to move into the mix from FCS.
Obviously, the last few schools in Division 1 can be tough choices. Arizona and Oregon State? Texas Tech? Excluding Missouri? Maryland over the rest of the Big 10? Pitt and North Carolina State?
But that is the beauty of the system–over time, relegation and promotion would fix itself. And nobody that gets beat up in Division 1 can complain about being dispatched to Division 2. And the same between Division 2 and Division 3.
What do you think?
The recent “conference realignment” has been troubling to some based on the degree to which on-field performance has not mattered. In a strange way, college sports fans might have been able to better understand the Big 10 adding Texas and Oklahoma, rather than Rutgers and Maryland. The latter added cultural fits, perhaps, but it was rather plainly a case of the Big 10 going after television demographics rather than on-field performance. Even if the Big 10 adding two more football kings would have destroyed the Big XII and radically altered the sport, at least the Big 10 would have added football teams in a football-centric world. If you are a sports conference, you should be looking to add the most successful institutions–not the ones that give you the most bang for the buck. Performance should matter. When a Rutgers has more value than Oklahoma, it is obvious performance does not matter. If so, would you prefer an NCAA with promotion and relegation? (Click here for Part II)
With the likely elimination of the strict championship game rules, the table is set for the ACC to go way out of its way to make football more competitive. In fact, one option is to go to three divisions. From there, the two best teams could play for the ACC Championship. The Confidential loves this idea. First, it paves the way for ND football to be more intertwined with ACC football. Second, it increases the likelihood that the two best ACC teams play for the right to move on to the playoffs. Here are the Confidential’s other thoughts…
Earlier this year, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim answered a question about how it felt to be a part of what might be the best basketball conference in history. To which he replied, “We already were.” Referring, of course, to the Big East in its former configuration.
Now this correspondent is an old-school ACC guy, so naturally I bristled a little. As did many of us.
And the thought crossed my mind, “wait until he gets into the conference schedule for real…”
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?
To the average pro-imperialism Big 10 fan, the ACC is ripe for colonization. Indeed, there is a certain sense of “Well, the grant of rights is nice, but we’ll be back for Virginia, North Carolina, and a few other schools soon enough.” Just take a look at the comments over at Frank the Tank. The only issue for them is whether the Big 10 goes to 16 or 20 or 24. Let’s assume, however, that the Big 10 was able to take Kansas and Virginia (as they predict) in the next round of expansion… do not be surprised to see Texas in the ACC. Consider this…