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I didn't see GT play this year. But they beat UNC, UVA and MD... And lost to VT and Miami in OT... Granted they lost to Mid Tenn St... But they don't look to be THAT bad. Surely they can't be worse than Illinois or Indiana...
WE ARE! And we will always be...
So I'm going to play dumb and ask why is academic affiliation have anything to do with athletic conferences. Seems kinda dumb to me. Why not make an Athletic conference and if you wanted an Academic Coalition that shares research and info make a separate on of those. Sonds too easy though right. Or is it just publicly great universities like PSU, NW, Mich and OSU dont want to be mentioned in anyway with the likes of Clemson, VT or FSU??
Yeah the Senate sent me an audit request so I'll be here at least tomorrow. Not even in the offce today so can't start til then, but whatever.
I love expansion and realignment though.
It's interesting stuff isn't it? Thinking about who we'll play... GT would be hard for me to get to, but it would be worth it recruiting and money wise. UNC and UVA I could go visit family... I do like the idea of being able to go to an RU game lickity split. I hope that BOB reaches out to Pitt. I'd love to see a rivalry game set up at the end of the year. Selfish I know, but it would be easy as hell for me to get tickets to a Pitt game here lol No one is there. We will probably be more representative in there lol And actually being able to go to away games easy is pretty awesome. I know the old regime wasn't a big fan of a Pitt rivalry, but I can see so many benefits... I know they wont be a part of the Big 10, but just playing them yearly and whoopin that ass would be awesome.
If Delany can bring UNC, GT, and possibly UVa (although I doubt them) it would create an odd number and he could hold one open spot for ND but they would have to crap or get off the pot. They picked the wrong conference to try to dominate. In the end there are 4 super conferences and ND has to pick one or they don't get to dance. The days of the indies are O-V-E-R. The NCAA is going to have a BIG problem surviving this. The BIG 4 will be able to write their own rules and tell the NCAA to take a hike to say it in a nice way.
This may sound snarky, but I'm truly asking: why would 4 superconferences be able to write their own rules, but 6 big conferences can't?
Yeah, I dunno if that will happen either Bills. Im doubtful
There is nothing preventing any group of schools from breaking away from the NCAA creating their own organization and their own championships. It would be easier for 4 equally sized groups to organize in the governing body. I fully expect it to happen or at least see major changes to how the NCAA operates.
“Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns.”
The tough thing would not be football or basketball but the no revenue sports, would the NCAA allow schools who broke away in football and basketball compete in wrestling, baseball and all other sports.
I don't think we will ever see the group split away for quite a few reasons:
1. I don't think the NCAA is doing a bad job. It is a terribly complicated task to police hundreds of thousands of individual student athletes, coaches, staff, and boosters at schools across the country.
2. The way things are going... there is so much money involved and so much emphasis on TV deals, expansion, etc. that there is no way Uncle Sam doesn't get involved and start taxing athletic departments.
3. Big college football is getting so big that eventually it is going to cave in on itself.
Rumors flying that GT and UVA to the Big Ten will be announced on Monday.
Kevin Jones, Sports Producer at WUSA Channel 9 in DC is tweeting this info.
Kevin Jones @Mr_KevinJones
Source: Georiga Tech and UVA will announce decision to leave ACC by Monday. Will join Big 10
He isn't bringing in three .... I wouldn't hold a spot for ND either. F them. They made their own bed.
UVA and GT make 16 and we can hold until next pairings are ready:
Duke and UNC
ND and BC
That's 20. The Big Score. Regional coverage from Boston to Atlanta on the East Coast; plus ND for national coverage on top of existing midwest coverage. Plenty of natural rivalries. Great for academics, good for football, great for basketball, good for womens sports, and Olympic sports. (Kansas may replace ND which would hurt football and academics, but would further bloster basketball along with Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Duke, and North Carolina - probably some years where the entire final 4 came from the Big Score).
4 divisions of 5 (play all division, plus 2 fixed rivals, plus 3 rotating - 3 open games for 2 x cream puff and one intersectional) :
BIG 10 EAST -- 2 Divisions
PSU (+ fixed annual games with Nebraska and UNC) rotate 4 per year with other 13 teams
OSU (+ fixed with Michigan and ...)
Rutgers (+ fixed with GT and ... )
BC (fixed with ND and Duke)
Maryland (fixed with Virginia and ... )
Southeast (old ACC):
Notre Dame (they wanted the ACC, right) (fixed games with Michigan and BC)
UNC (fixed with PSU and ...
Duke (fixed with BC and Nothwestern)
GT (fixed with Purdue and Rutgers)
UVA (fixed with Maryland and Northwestern)
BIG 10 West - 2 Divisions
Nebraska (fixed with PSU and ... )
Michigan (fixed games with OSU and ND)
Northwestern (fixed with Virginia and Duke)
I don't know if it has already been posted, but in regards to the GT fanbase qualms some had earlier in the thread...according to Nate Silver's most popular CFB teams study from about a year ago had GT as the 11th most popular team in the country and second in the ACC behind Clemson (10th). They were actually about 600,000 fans ahead of UGa which finished at 22nd. OSU was first, Mich 2nd, and PSU 3rd. I know this doesn't have much to do with the current and immediate benefits to the BTN, but could bode better for the future than what some predict. It was a bit surprising, and like with any statistical study...tifwiw
Not that it means too much but the Pres. of Ga Tech came out and said that the school is staying in the ACC.
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