Scheming and conference affiliation.

We talk every week about results of games, the developments during the week and finally, pick the games our research and analysis like the most. But today let’s just rant and talk about college football in general because even though we love the sport, there are so many issues which need to be addressed to change the game and make it better. For now, we’ll concentrate on recent developments, the NCAA, scheming and conference affiliation.

The law passed in California allowing athletes to be compensated in 2023 is going to be copied by other states and cause a disaster for college football.

Do you remember just a couple of years ago Northwestern University’s players tried to unionize? This is going to be worse because it’s every man (or woman) for himself.

I guess that puts me on the NCAA side but that’s only because that model would create an earthquake. This model, where the NCAA is the administrator, regulator and the dictator is also a complete disaster. It doesn’t need fixing; it needs a complete overhaul. Borrowing a phrase, I’ve heard and applies here at least, we need to “drain the swamp”. I’m not necessarily advocating eliminating the NCAA entirely, but the status quo doesn’t work. There’s no sensibility, sensitivity or especially accountability. Impartiality and transparency have left the building.

So how do we do what’s best for the sport? Have the schools initiate a special and unbiased investigation to make recommendations and changes needed to be implemented. As much as everyone agrees the present system is defective, that kind of thinking is not necessarily plausible. Why? Because those in power don’t want to sacrifice control and take a less percentage of the pie. What am I talking about? I’m taking about blue blood programs making all the money. Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas, Oklahoma, and so many others who literally make a boatload of money in the present system.

Start with Notre Dame. For the good of the game, get in a conference and stop having your own network. First, you’ve won zero championships since you’ve had the NBC deal but more importantly, your schedule and the lack of a championship game, should just disqualify you from the College Football Playoff. That would result in a lawsuit alleging a monopoly, but it would still cause the Irish to pause with their present way of thinking. Talk to any Irish alum and they’ll tell you they would love to be in the Big Ten or another conference. So why aren’t they in one? Because they want to keep a greater share of the pie ($$$$$).

Same with Texas, who continues to have a “me first” attitude even after singlehanded almost destroying the Big 12 conference. Texas A&M left because they couldn’t stand their big brother. Arkansas was the first to leave because they were the only team not from Texas in the old Southwest conference and tired if Texas dominating all those meetings. Texas could have saved that league. Then Missouri left the Big 12 with A&M followed by Colorado and Nebraska because they needed a life raft. I don’t think Colorado or Missouri are happy with where they are, but they are thrilled not be with Texas and their elitist demeanor. Same with Arkansas. Texas has a ten year 300-million-dollar contract with ESPN, and they keep it all. But there’s so much money in the game now, 30 million is small potatoes with the top forty schools. Those schools raise 100 million for various projects in very short times. So, while that may be good for Texas, it was another disaster for college football. The jury’s still out if there will even be a Big 12 (which only has ten teams) when the next network negotiations are addressed in five years. You think Texas cares about Iowa State? They are just a filler on the schedule. West Virginia is in this league because they didn’t want to become Connecticut, but their time may come, too.

Don’t you miss Texas A&M and Texas playing each other? They could do it every year in a second. A huge rivalry eliminated because of what, feelings. Where’s Pitt/West Virginia, Michigan Notre Dame every year, Pitt/Penn State, Oklahoma/Nebraska every year, and some of the old SEC rivalries which happen every six years instead of every year. Sorry if I missed any.

Instead, teams shy away from these games because they need and want a schedule which can put them on track for a CFP berth. Stop with the FCS games. Put more significance on strength of schedule and have the top teams in each league cross over and play each other EVERY year based on the prior year’s finish. Not only would this increase interest, but the networks would pay more for having more quality games. Then you could increase the number of teams to at least eight for the CFP and have the champion of each Power Five league automatically qualify. Otherwise, unless USC or maybe Oregon get real good real fast, that league is losing its relevancy due to the fact they beat up each other and their time zone creates an inherent disadvantage from the beginning. Even twelve would be better because it would create opportunities for non-conference champions to qualify. Wow! This makes so much sense that I’m willing to chair it all—-for nothing because I care passionately about college football more than my own self interests. Spread the word. “THE SCHREIB” is alive and willing to make the sacrifice for the game that so many others are unwilling to do.


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