Change is in the wind and many conferances feel betrayed, leftout, or extremely well off. Not all of these involves the Conferance realignments but it is a major theme. This report will mainly consist of theories and thoughts about how things came to be or what will happen in the future *not always the immediate future*.
This report is about the sanctions on USC and how it will affect the Pac 10. The Big 12 implosion and possible saving. Also a few teams that might be capable of breaking the Conferance wall and enter the Big Ten
I would like to first mention that this is a great move by both parties. The Big Ten gains a solid historic program, and Nebraska gets to leave the most abusive relationships to a storied program. Texas has been the number one Big Twelve school recieved all of the perks of the one stud high school player going to a Division 1 school. They recieved prime finicial benefits as well has full freedom to do as they please.
Nebraska on the other hand had a different relationship. Shoved into the Big Twelve North they were little talked about, and only had thier biggest rival once every other year against Oklahoma. The Big Twelve had been pushing a Oklahoma-Texas rivalry so much that most are unaware of how big the Huskers V Sooners game really was.
When the Big 12 cracked down on Mizz and Nebraska and gave them a deadline of a week to figure out the scenero OR ELSE. Not sure what they could have done other then kicked them out of the league resulting in move of Nebraska to the Big 10 but makes the Big 12 explode that much quicker. Did I mention that Texas and Oklahoma had no set deadline and had publicly talked about moving to be independent or the Pac-10 at that point. This lead to the break up of the Big 12 and the expansion of the Big 10 and possibly the Pac-16.
With the NCAA cracking down on USC, I can't help but feel it was a tad too lenient. Perhaps punishing them for Matt Lienhardts malibu house that appeared from nowhere as well as vacating every game that Reggie Bush recieved a carry or catch would have made me feel better but at least action was taking.
They are banned from two years worth of bowl games which isn't a huge ordeal due to the fact USC can claim that reshirting the next group of recruiting class will mean a better chance when they are Junoirs to win the National Championship and make history.
It will be interesting if Texas and Oklahoma enter the Pac-10, which I have viewed as overhyped, outside of USC. I also seemed to be the only Penn Stater that already was aware that oregan state would have been a much win rather then a USC loss in the rose bowl two years back. That USC team was stacked and besides the one let up I beleive would have won the Nat. Champ. That being said it was a few plays and injuries from being a much closer game than the announcers lead the viewers to believe.
My assesment is that USC will return to the glory of the Pac-10 as long as Texas and oklahoma stay away. Beating up on teams such as Washinton and Washinton State are not the same has going against Tech or even A&M. It is still a strong *mainly bandwagon* fanbase and a athletic director and presidant who does not care about bending the rules when ahead, so bending them to get back to the top should not be a issue.
Playing thier cards correctly with the whole nation, Texas was able to not only to have the Big Twelve nation nervous as talks of dispantion was all around thier beloved conferance. Then having Nebraska and the Buffalos take off for thier own benifit. It was Texas that was able to calm the masses for the good of the Conferance. The newly drawn up financial contract which rewards them more money, and with no new teams coming in they will safely remain the top dog of the Big 12. It is impossible to predict how long they will stay on top but it looks like it may be another decade of burnt orange on teh horizon.
Thanks to the rebirth of the Big Twelve (with a few slightly more slimmed down approach) you can expect a new end of season finish to collegiant football. With four major players in the Big Ten, SEC, PAC-10 and Big 12 the ability to except two teams from the east and west to determine a final National Championship game.
Many people have been up in arms about the BCS not being fair. It seems wierd people forget about how it used to be done, a random vote where some Papers had a different 1st place team then the AP. Not to mention that different fans from different regions still have arguments for thier teams to be named number one. Penn State has struggled in he days with Kerry Collins at the helm.
The BCS bowl games due tend to favor the more prestigous conferances and the more well known teams. The people that get up in arms about these things tend to forget about the Florida Cincy blowout last year. True the coach headed out for greener pastures but that doesn't excuse a team considered to be top 4 to be blown outbefore teh five minute mark.
A playoff system is one that I do not care for due to teh fact that since I have been watching college football and i happen to enjoy all the bowl games that run throughout the weekend. It also gives teams like Texas Tech or Mich. State a reason to keep playing even after a two or three loss season.
These are the teams that may not make the best marketing lcoations, or money making football schools. But they would be the schools i would take a heavy look at if I had a voting say. Please note that they are honestly in no type of order except for which one I wanted to write on first.
Paterno gets the picture due to the fact he has been a leader in helping the big ten in more then just college football but in life. He has donated tons of money to teh library at Penn State as well as been the biggest money maker in the history of the Big Ten and most likely the entire NCAA. He has been pleading for an expansion to strengthing the Big Ten and Finally they have listened and fans could not be happier.
Pittsburgh is the only school i feel from the big east that could be competitive from the big east that has any case to be involved. They are ranked commonly in the top 25 and are a powerhouse in basketball
1. Great in state rivalry with Penn State
2. Helps with divisional break up *ohio state, mich, and penn state might be in same division, leading nebraska with another big twelve north scenerio
3. Strong basketball program
4. Strengthens the schedule of the Big ten in basketball and football
1. Not that a school with huge tradition though has had some great years as well as great draft picks
2. Not a finicial benefit at all, if anything it takes money from a bigger divide up
3. Already a PA team in the Big Ten
1. great football program
2. huge finicial and fan base
3. in state rival with purdue and other big ten schools
4. hates USC like the rest of the conferance
5. strong basketball program *not as great as pitt*
6. Very strong academics
7. Good in non major sports program
1. love that they are independent
2. highly enriched non conferance games
3. struggled recently *shouldn't be that big of a problem in years to come*
4. ND haters will leech and become BIG TEN HATERS
5. Diva personality
1. Good academics
2. Solid football program
3. New profitable Market
4. Solid basketball
5. Loyal alumni
6. If Notre Dame joins they bring a small rivalry
1. Switch conferances frequently
2. Small student population
3. Not connected geographically
4. Non major sports aren't very strong