Monday, June 14, 2010

College Football Saved from Itself ... For Now

I can't believe I'm actually going to have to admit that the University of Texas just saved college football from devouring itself.

Or maybe it's the good folks down in College Station that should get the credit, at least according to this speculation. (Hat tip: Big Tex)

At any rate, my undergraduate alma mater is breathing a huge sigh of relief right about now.

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At 6/15/2010 12:43 AM, Blogger Michael D. said...

I give credit to the Aggies. If they go to the PAC-10 too, there's no way Texas leaves. But the prospect of having to actually compete for Texas dollars and recruits with the Aggies backed up by the SEC was too much. Preferring the route to wealth through power, Texas backed off.

I might also give credit to the NCAA which crushed USC, thereby making the PAC-10 a much less attractive option in the short term. The PAC-16 would have be interesting if you had Texas, Oklahoma, and USC battling for a national title; w/o USC it's the same old same old.

One does wonder of course how long this union can stay together, especially now that everyone except Baylor, the Kansases, and Iowa St. have admitted they're perfectly willing to leave if given the right opportunity.

At 6/15/2010 9:47 AM, Blogger DP said...

Well done by Texas, indeed. I much prefer this to the Pac-n.

I'm with Michael, though, on the permanence. I think the enhanced revenue for the remaining programs will help, but I can still see other conferences being cannibalized in the near future. I'm not sure the Big East is long for this world.

And the SEC has been very, very quiet. Kinda like a small-g gator in the weeds, as someone put it this morning.

At 6/15/2010 10:12 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Yeah, that's why I put the "For Now" in my heading. I think this is just the golden goose getting a temporary reprieve before the greedmongers take their hatchets to it again in order to get at the golden egg.

As for the SEC, they're the ones who got the ball rolling almost 2 decades ago on this whole cannibalizing other conferences to create a super-conference. I still haven't forgiven the SEC for the demise of my beloved Southwest Conference, although I suppose Craig James (for whom I hold nothing but contempt) must share in the blame.


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