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NCAA Fantasy Re-allignment

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

I was reading an article in on Yahoo! Sports that gave a few of their reporters a chance to list out the 64 teams that could make up a new FBS if college sports go to four 16 school “mega-conferences.” The concept really came down to “who gets left out?” This bit of “fantasy football” made me think, if we are throwing tradition, geography and sometimes logic aside, what would it look like if the FBS conferences were aligned more logically/geographically. So here’s what I did:

I mapped the current FBS schools, then I grouped them together based on geography with a priority on 8 or 10 team groups. Then I looked at how the schools might fit grouped with one set of regional schools over another. So Notre Dame ended up with the other Indiana schools going West with schools from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, rather than going with the Michigan schools. It also got a little tricky with the smaller schools from the upper and eastern mid-west. I tried to keep even smaller schools together with the teams they normally play but it just didn’t work out very well. It got really hairy in the Southeast where it was hard to find homes for the smaller Louisiana schools. I put a priority on not having any group larger than ten. Because I felt 8 or 10 was the ideal number of schools I dropped some schools out. They are listed and honestly they are not very competitive at all, so I felt like it was ok. [this is make believe anyway right?]

What I ended up with is 13 conferences. I co-opted names of current and former conferences and made up a few of my own. My favorite is the “Texas Ten”. I think that every conference is competitive with 2-4 solid teams, 2-4 medium, and admittedly some bottom dwellers. This system would work well for football because the conference schedules would be light enough that teams could still schedule non-conference rivals and still have “easy” games later. Texas and Oklahoma could still play, but in non-con but its ok because they both have some easier conference games to make up for that difficult non-con. It also sets the table nicely for a playoff, which I will outline tomorrow. Below is a listing of my new FBS conferences.

PAC-8

Hawaii
Washington
Oregon
Oregon State
Cal
Stanford
San Jose State
Fresno State

Pac – South [8]

USC
UCLA
San Diego State
UNLV
Arizona
Arizona State
New Mexico
New Mexico State

Mountain West [10]

Washington State
Nevada
Boise State
Utah
Utah State
BYU
Wyoming
Colorado
Colorado State
Air Force

Texas Ten

UTEP
Texas Tech
SMU
TCU
North Texas
Baylor
Texas
Texas A&M
Rice
Houston

Big 8

Nebraska
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Tulsa
Arkansas

Big 10

Iowa
Iowa State
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Northern Illinois
Northwestern
Illinois
Indiana
Purdue
Notre Dame

MAC [8]

Ball State
Miami [Ohio]
Cincinnati
Louisville
Kentucky
Western Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Middle Tennessee State

O-M AC [10]

Michigan
Michigan State
Central Michigan
Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Ohio State
Bowling Green
Toledo
Akron
Kent State

Big East [8]

Ohio
Pitt
Penn State
Buffalo
West Virginia
Marshall
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Atlantic 8

Syracuse
Boston College
UCONN
Army
Rutgers
Temple
Navy
Maryland

ACC [8]

Tennessee
South Carolina
Clemson
Duke
North Carolina
NC State
East Carolina
Wake Forest

SEC [10]

Memphis
Ole Miss
Mississippi State
Southern Miss
Alabama
Auburn
Troy
UAB
Georgia
Georgia Tech

Gulf Coast [8]

Louisiana Tech
LSU
Tulane
Florida
Florida State
Central Florida
South Florida
Miami

Current FBS Schools Left Out:
Idaho
Arkansas State
LA- Monroe
LA- Lafayette
Florida Intl.

Thoughts?

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BCS throws the Fiesta Bowl under the bus.

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm

This week news of massive misuse of funds by the Fiesta Bowl President, John Junker, was released in a report by the Fiesta Bowl. [ story here ]Now the BCS [Bowl Championship Series] is taking this opportunity to create the APPEARANCE of distance from corruption. The BCS must realize that the very appearance of corruption may lead to investigation of ALL 4 of the BCS bowls and the BCS itself. Where do the millions of dollars these games generate go? Why NCAA take such a hands off approach to the end of the college football season? The BCS has very harsh words for the Fiesta Bowl, but I doubt their real concern for the misuse of funds. My thoughts on this whole predicament:

  1. A question out there is,  “Why is the Fiesta Bowl in the BCS in the first place?” My answer:  It is played in one of the best stadiums in the country, and it takes place is a place that is a vacation destination in January. We saw what happened at the Super Bowl in Dallas, sorry Cotton but you are out as a possible replacement. No one wants to go somewhere cold for the BCS.
  2. Playoffs! It has been out there for what seems like forever, but it must be mentioned again. Here is the best playoff model I’ve seen [Dan Wetzel Plan] It was published a few years back so the teams in the mock bracket are dated. The biggest issue is the money. Where is the money going? Well right now its going to the Bowls. And we can see how much “good” that is doing. Why not send the football championship money back to the schools? You know the one’s who sponsor the sport to begin with.
  3. This guy Junker makes $600K as the president of the “non-profit” Fiesta Bowl. He had the ability to charge around $480K / year on a company American Express card. Regardless of weather that spending was on “appropriate” items, those figures make me severely question the system in place.
  4. IF the BCS does in fact remove the Fiesta from the lineup of championship bowl games, add Arizona to the list of states on the anti-trust lawsuits against the BCS.
  5. The BCS and the NCAA are corrupt, making me doubt weather the money would go to the right people either way. However, the bowl system is also corrupt, where as a playoff system has a very high likelihood of being above board and a wild success. See #March Madness
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