Chris: If the “Sesame Street” Martians were to descend on the NCAA landscape, which has recently undergone a supernatural experience with feng shui, the Yip Yips would inquire as to the form of “new math” colleges are teaching. Having 10 teams in the Big 12, 12 teams in the Pac-10 and 12 teams in the Big Ten can be considered a major form of obfuscation for scholars. I just said “obfuscation.”
Joe: It’s shameful but predictable. Historically, college athletics were extracurricular activities that rounded out one’s college experience. Associations or conferences were for convenience of travel and rivalry. So much money is now raised for the school through athletics that it’s all about the money.
Brad: I think in the short term, it will really help college football. There will be a lot more hype this year, as if the sport really needed more, because people will want to see how all the movement affected the teams. However, as time goes on, it will get harder and harder for the smaller teams to get recognition, and so there could potentially be another shake up.
Chris: This was actually forecast by the Mayans to happen in a couple of years, with Notre Dame predicted to join the SEC, Boise State to join the Arena Football League and Oklahoma to join the WNBA.
Ralphie: It is going to make College Football just like the NFL, all about the money and not about the game.
Joe: College football is hurt because a student should not pick a college because of its football team, but for the quality of the education he is supposed to be receiving. I may be old, but we all have the ability to write for this column because of the quality of our education. There are 1,696 active players in the NFL (32 teams with 53 player squad limit), most who are multiple-year players. So how many kids come out of college football to play and be paid in the NFL each year? Not many. Those that don’t make it should have picked a school for the quality of their education.
Brad: Joe is so outdated, he still thinks Princeton is a major contender. Rivalries are the one thing that fuel college football. Players come and go in four years, maximum, but rivalries last centuries. Giving that up just for money is a major mistake and a mistake I certainly wouldn’t want my favorite team to make.
Joe: Hey Brad, what’s this entire old/young hang up? Haven’t you ever heard the story about the young bulls rushing down the hill, while the old bulls just sat at the top of the hill . . . and waited?
Chris: Pupils move into dorms and will occasionally transfer to a new college, dependent upon the college accepting their credits and whether said college has cheap hoodies. However, unless my favorite institution of higher education specialized in carpetbagger deployment or was a proverbial nomad hotbed, I am not in favor of colleges transfering to new conferences. This has lead me to conclude that the Big Ten must have had a great cafeteria meal plan to have seduced Nebraska.
Joe: Absolutely not. But as I just commented, “it’s all about the money, not the fans, not the rivalries, just the money.”
Ralphie: I think it would make some colleges lose their teams because they don’t have the money to run them.
Brad: Ralphie still can’t understand why there is more than one bowl game. I think it hurts college football to have mega-conferences. Although there will be must-see matchups every week, it will be tougher to get the better teams into bowl games, because they will be beaten up so much because of the conference’s intensity. It is not a good balance of talent, and it will be bad for the sport.
Ralphie: No I don’t think so. Fewer rivalries don’t show if you are a good team or not.