EDIT: Breaking news. UH-oh!
EDIT: Breaking news. UH-oh!
We've had a pretty interesting off-season so far.
- The Big East Commissioner just quit, amid pressure from the conference's "basketball only" members who were unhappy with how/which new teams were added.
- The dad of a player shattered Alabama's "national title" trophy when he tripped and knocked it off its pedestal.
- Ohio State isn't eligible for a 2012 bowl, but Urban Meyer is already making waves by recruiting other Big10 teams' committed recruits.
- USC is bowl eligible again, looks like a title contender, and has the early Heisman favorite at QB. Sound familiar?
- Illinois fired Ron Zook, Kansas hired Charlie Weis, Arizona hired Rich Rodriguez, and Washington State hired Mike Leach.
- Petrino got fired by Arkansas and replaced by John L. Smith, who had just accepted a "dream job" coaching at his alma mater.
- Jerry Sandusky's prosecution continues to move forward, with the news that the civil suit against him now names 17 victims.
- Ohio State lost a high school recruit after a registered sex offender asked him for a picture with him at an Ohio State event, then posted it online.
And finally, the BCS has apparently realized how useless it is, and has begun planning for a 4-team playoff in 2014. Finally. The details still to be ironed out seem to be 1) where games will be held 2) how to choose the top 4 teams.
Ah well. Like to man said in the film CONTACT, "Small steps, Ellie...small steps." At least it's a step in the right direction. Maybe when enough fans band together and realize that WE have the power and start exercising it, the powers that be will listen. Did you hear a drum roll somewhere in the distance just now? I did. :hmgrin:
In my uninformed mind & poor memory it wasn't people power. It was a combo of things. It wa Low ratings? and people who could careless/no interest about the SEC. people complaing about the dull and boring outcome
Don't get me wrong. I'm NOT saying those two teams did NOT deserve to be there but the college football people in charge need to understand if they need to avoid what happened last year. why? If they want college football to make money and stay popular they need to change things.
Besides practically every year of the BCS there has been some kind of contraversy in regards to the BCS. Which should tell you that the system is ineffective.
And if they want proof that I'm right, then here it is: I couldn't care less about college basketball. I think there are way too many teams and way too many games and I don't have a team I care about. But I watch every single game during March Madness and invariably I'm pulling for a Cinderella team to win it all...and there are millions of others like me. Have a Conference Play-off Season in college football leading up to the National Championship Game and watch what happens to ratings, ad revenues and excitement during that month. Can you imagine if Hawaii had won the National Championship Game a few years ago yhanks to being a part of a Conference Championship Play-off Season? Can you imagine the excitement of some of the now ho-hum Bowl games if the teams copmeting in them weren't mediocre but, instead, were conference winners with a shot at going all the way?
Apollo Creed knew exactly what he was doing when he gave an unknown club fighter named Rocky Balboa a shot at the greatest title in the world. College football, imo, ought to take a page from both Apollo and the NCAA basketball that I don't care about...except for one month each year.
College football fans across the nation have been very vocal about wanting a tournament for years, and the ratings have started to reflect that. I'm so happy that the BCS people (by way of the TV people, I'm sure) recognized that fans are increasingly less and less interested in the BCS games. The BCS committee has nobody but themselves and their ludicrous system to blame.
I can't wait for the College Football Final Four!!!
Looks like Arkansas has some more problems to deal with - this time with their players, not their coach...
Arkansas wide receivers and tight end charged for dorm burglaries
Why the powers that be don't get this simply point is beyond me.
The phrase Michael Wilbon started using on PTI during last season was "meaningless exhibition". It fits perfectly. And I think that sentiment is starting to spread through other commentators/talking heads, because it's a reflection of how the fanbase already feels.
When there were only a handful of bowl games, it meant something to get selected for one. But there's so much money to be made off of college football, that now every city wants to host a bowl game, so the bar to get in has been lowered to... finishing 6-6. That's just inexcusable in my book. You finished at .500! Enjoy this celebratory game! No. Boo. I hate it.
And don't forget last season's debacle in the Pac-12. USC won their half of the conference, but was ineligible to play in the post-season, so the 2nd place team got to play for the conference title. That meant 6-6 UCLA got into the conference title game. Now, that I can understand, given the circumstances. But then UCLA (predictably) lost, making them 6-7 and not bowl-eligible. Because the standards for bowl eligibility are already so low, they would've gotten to a bowl if they just hadn't had to play in USC's spot. So the NCAA stepped in and said, "Well in this case, we'll guarantee you a bowl spot because that 7th loss wasn't really your fault." So UCLA gets picked for the "Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl", where they promptly lose and finish 6-8. What part of that was compelling tv?
Now, give me a world with an 8 team tournament...
- the winners of the 6 BCS conference title games get auto-bids (Pac-12, Big10, Big12, ACC, Big East, SEC)
- the final two spots go to the best two remaining teams - could be a little school, could be a 2nd place team from a BCS conference
Now the conference title games act as the first round of the playoffs, so you've actually got a 12-team playoff before the actual Elite Eight tournament starts. And that makes for compelling tv.
From the local paper on 5/14/12(monday).
There is this article saying that The university of Iowa A.D. wants the bowl requirements set to 7 wins. His Iowa state University counterpart wants it at 6. The article goes on to say that it will be discussed during a BCS commissioners meeting on June 20, even though the main topic will be playoff proposals when the university presidents will meet June 26.
The A.D. of Iowa's 3rd public school University of Northern Iowa (a FCS) feels going to a 7 win game will benefit them. Feels it will give them leverage.
The Iowa State A.D. feels 7 wins will water down the non conference schedule. DUH! This may be a side effect but it's a week one. It's a moot point since (pretty much) everyone would have one. Practically cancels itself out.
In a side article the Big 10 commissioner say win your division and you're in the playoffs. he's not pushing for a particulart format. But he did talk to chicago reporters about a proposal that would purt four conference champions, ranked among the top six, into the four-team playoffs. Basically, i guess, a playoff sytems with the BCS conference champions.
Starting in 2014, the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will play each other in a bowl game on New Year's Day. The contract runs for 5 years and starts the same season that the tournament will start.
Big 12, SEC champs to play in bowl
So, what do you think? Where should they play it? What should they call it? And how long until the ACC and Big East announce that their champs will play each other in a bowl game?
I make a prediction for next year someone will be left out of the title race and be mad and loud about it.
Seriously though, I'd much rather listen to people argue about which team gets 4th spot in the tournament, than argue about which two teams deserve a chance to win the national title. Sure the 5th and 6th place teams will make their cases every year, but at least you're not just picking which two teams play for the title.
For 2013, I'm actually cheering for a repeat of the 2004 season, when SEC champion Auburn went undefeated and got left out of the national title game. That'd be the most appropriate way to end the BCS - with an undefeated conference champion getting screwed out of a shot at a national title because 3 teams happened to go undefeated. Fingers crossed!
What's this about Florida St & Clemson wanting to join the Big 12?
Yeah, ESPN isn't covering it much, because the way they stuck it to the ACC in their TV deal is what started the rumors. Basically, the ACC signed a 15-year TV deal, and all the big money comes at the end of the contract. Florida States athletic dept needs to cut $2.4M a year - they need money now, not in 9 years. Plus, what seems like "big money" now, probably won't be considered "big money" in nine years - college football's just going to keep growing, especially with a tournament!
The chairman of Florida State's board of trustees commented that, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees I can say unanimously we would be in favor of seeing what the Big 12 might have to offer. We have to do what it is in Florida State's best interest." That caused rumors to spread like wildfire, of course. You can read the details here: Florida State trustee may have lit the fuse on a potential move to the Big 12
I haven't heard much about Clemson leaving the ACC - they've been there since it was founded in 1953. I think it's a lot more likely that Miami would go with FSU. That'd give the Big 12 a division with TX/OK and one with FSU/Miami. That'd also open up both territories for recruiting.
Now that geography no longer seems to matter to NCAA Football, I suggest Harvard looks into joining the PAC-12. :hmlol:
The Ohio State AD says they have 12 pending NCAA violations (in addition to the 46 secondary violations they self-reported last week). It's not known if the 12 violations are major violations or not. It's also not clear how many violations relate to the football team.
Ohio State Buckeyes AD says more NCAA violations are pending
I think OSU is trying to get cute and report everything that could be remotely considered a violation. But who knows, maybe some of these are a big deal.
Well my good friends, today is a very special 'red' (get it? :hmgrin:) letter day for me -- a day I eagerly look forward to each year.
It's only 100 days UNTIL THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA'S CORNHUSKER'S OFFICIAL KICK-OFF OF THE NEW SEASON!!! :hmlol:
For some reason -- at least for me -- the last hundred days roll by pretty fast. I'm looking forward to a great 2012-2013 NCAA football season. Lots of fantastic teams, great rivalries and -- hopefully -- a lot fewer scandals than we had last year. Good luck to everyone!
100 days and counting. Bring it on!
GO BIG RED!!!
Mainly it's still to far away.
However, Last week the University of Iowa released their 2015 & 2016 schedules.
And the big story of that is Wiscon is not scheduled those two years. and Indiana I want to say also.
I don't have the schedules handy so I can't comment any further on them.
At least I'll get to see my season. If the Mayans are right, the 2015 and 2016 schedules don't mean squat. :sklol: