With all the talk this week of the Pac-12 Conference adding schools in Texas and Oklahoma, count me as one college football traditionalist that hates the idea.
Not so much the idea of expanded conferences and 16 team divisions. That could work, and could be fun. It's this idea of expanding the Pac-12 into states and regions that have nothing to do with the tradition of the west and it's on-going insecurity of being snubbed by the east. It's what fuels the passion for many of our teams!
Having the name "Pac" in the title suggests west, as in Pacific Ocean, but Oklahoma and Texas suggest "flat dust storms, lots of cows, and too many tornado's!" Not exactly tourist attractions that would motivate fans from out west to visiting games.
For Texas and Oklahoma fans on the other hand, it would mean finally something to live for. Something to yearn about as you sit sizzling in triple digit heat during the dog days of summer waiting for football. The prospect of visiting cities where sun glasses don't melt off your face.
Pristine with snow-capped mountains! The Pacific Northwest with it's water, Utah for it's skiing, and Southern California with it's warm climates and white sand beaches.
Texas and Oklahoma? Nobody goes to Texas and Oklahoma, we go through Texas and Oklahoma, as fast as we can in most cases!
Nope, the new conference should be based on localized tradition. It's what sets college football apart from the professional leagues. Natural rivalries work best when they are from similar regions!
Four teams that could help improve all of this in the Pac-12, instead of stretching it to areas of the country that are far removed from the west!
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