Friday, June 11, 2010

The new college football landscape

The College football landscape is changing and rather quickly. Teams are starting to move and there are more rumors than anyone can keep up with. The bottom line is the new college football landscape is about college football, TV contracts and money. It won't be long, but players will be traveling across the country like pro teams to play conference games. Forget football for a minute, think about the impact this will have on other sports programs. It's simply amazing.

There is nothing about Texas, Oklahoma or Maryland that falls into the SEC, but it would give the SEC a new foot print in major markets. The only thing wrong with college football in my opinion is the BCS system. The NCAA needs to develop a true playoff system, that would get fans excited. But wait, this isn't about the fans or players. It's about money.


  1. You're misplacing your anger.

    You say that problem is that it's about the money. It SHOULD should be about money. Our educational institutions should be profiting as much as possible from college athletics.

    The problem is how much money is going to the corporations that sponsor the bowl games, rather than to the NCAA or to the schools directly. The NCAA makes the overwhelming amount of its revenue from March Madness even though college football is the far more lucrative sport. That's because the NCAA runs the tournament, rather than bowl sponsors.

    Still, schools make a lot of money off bowl games regardless of who has property rights to running the show. The idea that this should be about the fans or the players is absurd when unqualified. If so, that would justify an enormous economic loss to our educational institutions in the name of giving marginal and fleeting pleasure to fans and players.

    It's much more important to our society to see research revenue maximized than to make a woohoo! exciting! playoff system.

  2. "The NCAA needs to develop a true playoff system, that would get fans excited."

    Aaron, as others have stated several times in the past, your site is without question the best UK site on the net or anywhere else in the known universe. You do a fantastic job, but here you are wearing your media hat.

    A full-blown college football playoff is a media-driven feeding frenzy. If you think about it even a little, it is a very, very bad idea. Most folks advocate a 16-team playoff which is nothing short of absurd. There are NEVER -- unequivocally NEVER -- 16 deserving teams to fill out a college football playoff bracket.

    Now, IF we truly end up with 4 16-team super conferences, and IF each of those 4 conferences finds a way to determine a SINGLE conference representative for a 4-team post-season playoff, the for the first time in college football history we will have laid the groundwork for a potentially meaningful playoff.

    Already there are those who would respond by saying what about the teams NOT in one of the 4 super conferences? What about the mid-major with the great year? And, what about Notre Dame if they remain an independent?

    Well, with 4 16-team Super Conferences, we do not have to worry about any of that. Why? Because usch a conference would be powerful enough to thumb their noes at both the NCAA and the BCS and conduct their own championship. And, if that were to happen, then even pouty little Notre Dame would be forced to join the newly formatted "Big 10" if they wanted to compete on a national level.

    It may take several years -- maybe as many as 10 -- for all of this to shake out. I really have no idea what will happen.

    I guess the only point I really want to make is that a college football playoff -- as presently envisioned and proposed by most media outlets -- is a very short-sited bad idea.

  3. I guess because I enjoy watching 1-AA and D2 playoff's the idea of a tournament are exciting. For what it's worth, I hope a don't ever wear a media hat. I think in order to determine a true champion there must be a playoff. Whether it's 16 or 4, I just like the idea of something being in place.