The Conference expansion has made the normally dull college football offseason a little more entertaining.
Sure the media has managed to blow it out of proportion/overanalyze it just like they have the LeBron free agency, Favre’s comeback etc – but at this time yesterday morning it seemed as if they had something to write about and the whole landscape of college football was going to change.
This over-hyped expansion ends and begins with Texas. And now, after everything, they are staying put and will have their own television station. A station solely for Texas? Give me a freakin’ break.
This whole spiel reminds me of the “cool kid” in high school who spends his whole senior year applying to Harvard (Pac-10), Yale (SEC), or even something extreme like Hawaii (Mountain West), just so he can sound cool, smart, and popular. Really everyone knows this kid is a pansy and will end up living at home with his parents (Big 12). But why not look around? He looks cool (Jen Brown reporting on ESPN and other national coverage) and ends up with a sweeter deal at his parent’s house (Big 12) like a super sick garage apartment (tv station) and later curfew (more profit-hogging).
Nebraska and Colorado could be said to be that “cool” kid’s sidekicks who took him too literally and split. Either way, all this hooplah and the change isn’t really that drastic afterall, at least for now. The Mountain West has at least made some positive noise adding Boise State and could grab Utah as well. So to dumb all this down, Mountain West has improved, the Big 12 north is even worse than it was before, and the Big 12 is now the Big 10, with the Big 10 (who was really the Big 11) is now the Big 12, but still wanting to be the Big 13 with Notre Dame. The Pac-10 is now the Pac-11 with plans to be the Pac-16, and no one to fill the slots. Wow.
Either way, its probably a good thing that this is settling down. Can you really imagine the Texas tennis team having to miss 3 days of class for a 3 hour duel match in Spokane, Washington. There are other sports than football, and other things do matter than making money.
The only people who were set to benefit from this was the universities. As for the more important parties:
Student-athletes – miss way more school, lose the rivalries they have grown up appreciating, lose the pride of the conference. Even some of the biggest Oklahoma fans were rooting for UT against the Tide in the National Championship.
Students – lose the pride of their conference , lose the rivalry they have with their high school friends who went to another school in the conference and whose couch they pass out on when they play them the second week of October, lose familiarity with the other schools and the region.
Fans – lose the pride of their conference, lose the rivalry they have with their now lifelong friends or family who went elsewhere in the conference, have to pay out the ass to see a road game.
Oh, wait the networks and the universities profit, its all good right? Wrong. Remember if it ain’t broke don’t fix it – unless everyone benefits (see Miami and Virginia Tech switching to ACC).