NCAA Football: The Answer to Conference Expansion
Every single day there are new reports of possible conference expansions.
The most recent involves the Big Ten and and the University of Texas.
An article in today's Columbus Dispatch shows an email conversation between Ohio State president Gordon Gee and Texas president William Powers. The talk was about bringing in the 'Horns along with A&M to the Big Ten.
The Dispatch also posted this snippet from an email that Gee sent to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney.
"I did speak with Bill Powers at Texas, who would welcome a call to say they have a 'Tech' problem."
This statement likely refers to the conference possibly bringing in Texas Tech if they were to grab the other schools to form a new 14 team conference.
What does this mean for the Big 12?
Well, nothing so far. Again these are just talks. No one has done anything yet, but it seems like the ball is starting to roll, and schools are thinking about taking a big dip in the lucrative Big Ten pool.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott has said that they're evaluating all options for expansion, although I doubt they would take Fresno State and Boise State, which would be the best two choices.
I have a solution that solves everything.
The Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and Notre Dame should all merge to form the Big 34. You can have two divisions of 17 teams, add another network (Big Ten Network East, West, North, South, etc.) and not have any out of conference games.
This would solve the weak out of conference schedules these guys play, and you would have the cash cow conference that everybody wants.
Hell, why not combine the ACC, SEC, and Big East, too, while you're at it? It can be called the South Atlantic 32.
Both conferences could have its top two division winners play the week after Thanksgiving for a big shiny trophy and more TV revenue.
Here's an even better idea: take the top four teams from each mega-conference and have an eight team playoff! Then we wouldn't have the whole debate on which teams deserved to be in the title game.
I can only be sarcastic about this subject, because it seems like the answer is so simple. The main problem is always going to be who makes that almighty dollar. As I've said in previous articles, expansion will ultimately kill some conferences while strengthening others.
Expansion will happen in the future; there is no question about that. We can speculate all we want, but if you're going to form super conferences, why not just go all the way and make two separate conferences and let them play.
Two giant conferences...isn't that how the pros do it?
As always that is just my opinion; I could be wrong.
What are your thoughts about a two conference system? The mid-majors are always left out anyway, right? So why not leave them out again? It would be lucrative wouldn't it?
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