Boise State Football: What Happens If the ACC Raids the Big East?
There is a new "rumor" that has surfaced in the most recent round of conference insanity...err, I mean conference stupidity...um, I mean conference absolute freaking ridiculousness, a.k.a. conference realignment. Or, as some like to call it, piling up the cash so some can't reach it and the good old boys can collect it.
In any case, there is a new "rumor" which most of you have probably already heard. The story goes like this: The Big 12 may add Florida State and Clemson to the conference, and according to NBCSports.com, the TCU athletic director may have given the story some legs.
A Clemson blogger also added fuel to the fire when he reported that Florida State and Clemson moving to the Big 12 is a done deal. If this is true, it would of course bring the once troubled conference back to 12 teams, creating a powerful league that actually reflects its name.
However, some rumors have the Big 12 looking to grow even larger. Notre Dame and Miami have been discussed as possible additions, along with others like Virginia Tech as a backup if Notre Dame remains independent. ESPN.com reported that the Big 12 is not shy about the fact that they have contacted the Irish to join their conference.
The Irish would certainly be a monumental grab for the Big 12, and with the shifting sands of the college football desert, Notre Dame may realize it is time to join others for the storm that is coming. After all, there is safety in numbers.
So what if this happens? What if the Big 12 gobbles up the key players in the ACC along with Notre Dame? Well, it certainly means trouble for the Big East and the ACC.
However, that trouble seems much bigger for the Big East. If the ACC were to lose three schools such as Clemson, Miami and Florida State, you can expect them to look at schools like Louisville, Rutgers and Connecticut to replace them.
That would leave the Big East with another gaping wound, and there is no telling what the future of the conference would be.
At this point, it is getting absolutely exhausting and ridiculous to think about the changes that college football has seen in the BCS era. Now that the BCS seems to be going away, it appears that, if nothing else, the system so many despised will get the last laugh.
So what should the Broncos do?
Well, they should wait it out. If the Big East remains stable with its current lineup, and perhaps even adds Air Force or BYU, then the television deal and competition will be far better than what the Broncos experienced in the Mountain West.
However, if the Big East collapses, the Broncos seem destined to return to that same Mountain West. It is a crazy thought, but at this point don't count anything out.
If the Big East collapses, other schools will be looking for a conference as well. Maybe the Broncos, along with BYU, Houston, San Diego State and SMU, could convince others in the MWC to remodel the entire conference, starting with new leadership and building it into something special.
Or, they could revive the WAC, rename it and add some key schools. A conference with Boise State, BYU, Houston, SMU, San Diego State, UNLV, Fresno State, Nevada, UTEP, Tulsa, Wyoming and Air Force could be a decent landing spot.
This whole process is really getting old. Let's hope stability becomes popular once again. In the meantime, brace for the latest impact of conference dominoes.
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