Look, we all know where this is headed. Within a few years, there will be four so-called super conferences. There’ll either a plus-one system, essentially a four-team playoff, or an eight-team playoff.
Senior Editor Phillip Marshall
When my children were young, when they were angry with one another or their parents or had their feelings hurt, I would tell them that sooner or later they were going to get over it, so why wait?
It’s time to for the BCS schools to come together, divide themselves up into four conferences, make allowances for Notre Dame if necessary, and get on with it. It’s coming. They know it’s coming. We all know it’s coming.
The college football of my childhood is gone. Oh, the historic rivalries are still there. The pageantry of the game is still there. But those things aren’t what the game is about. Not anymore. Money has changed all that.
That change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The game on the field is far better than it’s ever been, the coaching better, the players more talented and better prepared than they have ever been. Those are good things.
The overwhelming influence of television money is not a good thing, but it’s here to stay. No number of presidential retreats is going to change that.
Barring politicians getting in the way, Texas A&M will soon become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference. Some other school, maybe three more schools, will do the same. SEC commissioner Mike Slive isn’t talking, so we don’t know any details yet. But if you know Slive, you know he has a plan. He’s not flying by the seat of his pants.
It might take a year or two or three, but the Big 12 won’t survive. How can a conference – supposedly a collection of equals – survive when it’s sole purpose is to provide a platform for one program to beat its chest and proclaim it’s own greatness?
Once the Big 12 blows apart for good, the college football landscape of the future will begin to come into focus.
There was a time not so long ago when I thought a playoff was many years away and might never happen at all. I don’t feel that way anymore. There was a time when I thought the traditional conferences would not want to be a part of wholesale reshuffling. I’ve already been proved wrong about that.
Some think it’s good and some think it’s bad, but the era of super conferences is upon us.
Moving on ...
Speaking of NCAA presidents and their retreat, I’ve been thinking about their glowing talk about “returning to the collegiate model.” I’ve been wondering just what model that is.
Is it the model of the 1970s and before when the only NCAA entrance requirement was that athletes graduate from high school with an overall 2.0 GPA, regardless of what courses were taken, when an A in a physical education class taught by the football coach counted the same as an A in calculus? Is that the model?
Is it the model that said as long as an athlete was a fulltime student and didn’t flunk out of school he or she was eligible?
Is it the model from the time when the NCAA placed no limits on the number of scholarships that could be awarded in any given year?
The truth is that academic standards are higher than they’ve ever been, both in terms of entrance requirements and eligibility requirements.
Just what is this “collegiate model?” …
From what I hear from other players and coaches, I wouldn’t be surprised if the freshman class that signed with Auburn last February is, top to bottom, the most talented in school history. …
No one is saying when the decision will be made on whether junior Barrett Trotter, sophomore Clint Moseley or freshman Kiehl Frazier will be the starting quarterback, but I look for it to come before next week is out. My odds: Trotter 40 percent, Moseley 40 percent, Frazier 20 percent. That represents a better shot for Frazier than I would have imagined possible 10 days ago. …
Until next time …