Dear schools that play athletics and are involved in conferences,
I have a request. Can you please wait until the end of the BCS Championship Game to make any more moves or news regarding conference realignments and super conferences? If you haven’t noticed, this is a great year for fans of your football games.
There is a huge rivalry game being played in Jacksonville this weekend when Georgia and Florida face-off. I realize that this is not a marquee match-up this year but when these two teams get together, its’ always a great game. It’s even a great game despite the fact that some want to be so politically correct as to not call it “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the moniker, if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig (it just looks more like a Razorback).
In two weekends, we have the championship game before the championship game when LSU squares off against Alabama. Number 1 vs. Number 2 clashing during week 9 of the year. What a match-up with so many subplots. E.g. LSU players suspended for the game, the winner will win the SEC West then most probably the SEC Championship Game then find themselves in the BCS Title Game, etc.
If you put a gag order on comments and secret meetings we can actually talk about these great games. We can also talk about Boise State and whether there is any way for them to move into the number two position after the LSU-Alabama game. Or, we can talk about if Oklahoma State will lose to make the Broncos path easier. Really, I just want to talk about actual games. I realize this is a novel concept!
Can we stop comments from coaches too? And, it’s not just football coaches. Now basketball coaches like Rick Pitino are lobbying for what they want. “We have to take a page out of the ACC in what they did to us. Taking Syracuse and Pittsburgh was a stroke of genius. We have to do the same thing and we have that available to us with two programs that also have football. ” I’m also getting sick of headlines talking about schools trying to block other schools from moving into their neighborhood. I feel like moving conferences is harder than getting into a condo on Miami Beach.
As I write this, BeyondU Sports is reporting that the super duper super conference proposed by the Big East is dead. So bye-bye Big East. Now what, Mr. Pitino? He still has his ponies.
All I ask is that schools and their conferences wait until January. Get together in Maui, Miami, or Hollywood. Get a massage or maybe even go to Vegas and gamble a bit.
Actually, the more I think about it, the presidents should get together in Las Vegas, go see The Beatles’ LOVE, head over to the MGM Grand, enter the MMA octagon, and battle all this conference stuff out. Make your trades like baseball cards when we were kids. I will give you a West Virgina and the right to talk to the cheerleaders at Tennessee for Notre Dame, $1,000,000 and three dozen basketballs from Duke signed by Coach K, of course.
I know you don’t want to hold back. I realize you would rather make headlines for conference talk than on field victories and off field arrests but please consider my request.
I will be waiting in Section 103, Row 14, Seat 5 for your response.