CFB’s Musical Chairs

by Wally

One might be thinking that the Syracuse players are trying to tackle the Pitt runner  … before he gets to one of the last remaining seats in college football’s version of musical chairs.    Boy, the times they are a changin’  !    For those of you without a scorecard, here’s what has happened over the past 4 weeks, through today:

— Texas A&M will become the 13th member of the SEC

— Pitt and Syracuse just yesterday announced they will be joining the ACC, thereby raising ACC conference membership to 14 schools.  It’s not clear how quickly that move can be made.   I’ve read that the amount of notice required to leave the BE is 27 months.

— The Pac 10, er …  uh, Pac 12 is strongly rumored to be adding Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to their membership from the crumbling Big 12.  That brings them to a 16 PAC, so I guess they’re just about done.

So what is this fascination with four 16-team “Super Conferences” and 64 teams?    People have been talking about this for a couple years now …. and it appears this is the way we’re headed.    But why can’t it be four 20-team super conferences, so 80 teams in all??    Or why not 5 at 20 for 100 teams in all?

It appears as though the four super conferences will be the PAC 16, the ACC, the SEC and the Big 16 (formerly the Big 10).   So … what if you’re already a member of one of these super galaxies, but not very good in football???   For instance, Vanderbilt.   Exhibit B … Indiana.   Exhibits C and D:  Duke and Wake Forest.    Are current members guaranteed a seat at the table once the music stops????   That’s a key question.

Now, what if you’re a member of one of these crumbling conferences (Big 12, Big East) but you have a decent football pedigree?    Maybe West Virginia, or now Baylor … or one of the Kansas schools … or Cincinnati?    Where’s Louisville gonna end up??   What should you do …. scramble and beg for one of the last remaining chairs?

So … if it’s true that there will indeed only be four super conferences with only 16 teams apiece … and if it’s also true that current members are guaranteed their slots,  then there are really only 9 chairs remaining at the table of the Super elite as follows:

— 4 in the Big 10-to-16

— 2 in the ACC

— 3 in the SEC

— 0 in the PAC 16

Grab your partner … doe see doe … if ya wait too long, they’ll say “no”.

So what should Notre Dame do?   Although their last decade or so of on-field football performance has been far less than dazzling, they remain college football’s best national brand and drawing card.    Should they wait to be courted or choose their date to the dance and pick their seat?    Should they leverage their clout into starting a 5th super conference that has more of a national flavor?    What if ND teamed up with new independent, BYU, the 3 military academies, TCU, Boise State, Baylor, Houston, L’ville, Rutgers, Iowa State and a handful of other schools left at the altar by the other big boys?

I’m kinda thinking ND should brush off their file on the Big 10 and seriously start looking at that.   ND told ’em “no” a couple of years ago, but I gotta think the Irish will begin looking at B10 affiliation a little more fondly given all the movement over the past month.     And if ya want any special terms or treatment (TV deal!), the time to negotiate that is now … not when there’s only one seat left and 16-20 teams are begging for it.

Questions, questions … anyone out there have some answers???

7 Responses to "CFB’s Musical Chairs"

  1. Gino   September 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Is basketball suddenly field hockey? I mean I thought it mattered at least a bit.

  2. Wally   September 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Basketball does matter, Gino. Just not quite as much as football, I guess. However, if you look at the move-to-be by Pitt and Syracuse, they are leaving one great hoops conference and moving to another great hoops conference. Pretty shrewd by them, if ya ask me. They’ll be better off in football, probably roughly the same for hoops, and maybe better off in all the other sports by being in the ACC.

    By the way, my better half is a former collegiate field hockey player and she is really ticked off at you for that disparaging comment. You’re sorry … right? 🙂

  3. Gino   September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I am sorry, I don’t know how I could do such travesty.
    It must be the hassles of my work that have gotten to me (I’m a GIS Consultant on an island in the Caribbean).

  4. bill ribas   September 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Can someone point me in the direction of an article that explains the conferences? Are they like corporations?

  5. Gino   September 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    To clarify my job is hard my clients are very new to the software

  6. Casey   September 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I am still trying to wrap my brain around this (or maybe I am trying to rap my brain against this). Funny how Mark Emmert says the NCAA has no power to do anything to stop this. Well, yeah you did Mr. President. You could have eliminated the BCS.

    Money IS the root of all evil. But what doesn’t make sense is how these schools are trying to position themselves for what appears to be gains from football, yet so many of the schools lose money on actual bowl games. I guess by making a bowl BCS game, you give relevance to your program, and you make your money during home regular season games.

    There is an article in the local paper today where SU’s Jim Boeheim said he is sad to leave the Big East, but it was time. Boeheim has not been in favor of Big East expansion. Having more teams takes away from the rivalries. In the article, Boeheim was quoted as saying something to the effect that the Big East isn’t what it used to be. I see his point. Big East basketball has been more about hype in recent years. They get a record-setting number of teams in the NCAA tournament and then set a record for number of first-round losses by a conference.

    Thing is, SU and Pitt jumping to the ACC dilutes the competition in that conference. I liked it better when all of the teams in the ACC played each other twice.

    I would like to see a revenue breakdown for SU football vs. SU hoops. Syracuse has the best on-campus cash cow in college basketball. 10 basketball games a year in excess of 28,000. Then another 8 or so of 18-25,000. That’s a lot of tickets.

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