Last Conference Standing Best Sitcom Of Fall Season

I said to myself I’m not gonna bother with this anymore.  It doesn’t affect me.  I can’t do a thing about it anyway.  I can’t control what happens, only how I react to it.  Etc., etc.

And then I made the mistake of reading this…

“One of the things I think we’re all resigned to is that regionalism is pretty much over.” – University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst, commenting on the state of college sports

YA THINK, Susie?

The all-out money grab politically and politely known as “conference realignment” has been going on for months.  Eventually, things will settle down once those universities with major football programs decide where they can get the very best deal (at this moment)…then the lesser programs they count on to stay in existence so they can finish at .500 and achieve the honorable reward of playing in one of almost forty bowl games at season’s end will be able to figure out which corner to go stand in.

Susan continued…

“The world is flat.  I think we’ve all come to see that college athletics is like telecommunications or political organizing or any of the kind of dynamic institutions that used to be very regional.  It’s a national activity.”

Susan, you’re partially correct there.  You described college FOOTBALL perfectly.  Universities have found the easiest way to offset reduced assistance from struggling governments and alumni donations is to treat college football as a pure business proposition and pimp it out to raise fast cash.

What makes “Last Conference Standing” the most humorous comedy you’ll find this Fall is leaders of “higher learning” institutions continue to say they are looking out for the best interest of their schools.  Really?  Aligning ALL your sports programs with schools spread throughout the nation serves the interest of low or non-revenue sports which universities should be offering to students as part of a complete, well-rounded athletic experience?  Colleges have been whacking off men’s and women’s sports alike for years now.  Do you think repositioning football programs from one side of the country to the other will do anything other than accelerate the demise of those sports?

These same leaders will soon be saying they can no longer afford to subsidize new “rivalries” between schools thousands of miles apart in soccer…field hockey…baseball.

The funniest thing of all is once these colleges believe they have the very best deal and the most logical dance partners the straw that stirs the drink – television – will reappear and reshuffle relationships all over again.  Ultimately, television will determine who plays with who, when they play, etc.

All of this we’re seeing now is for amusement only.  The hard-core, big-boy biz is yet to come.  This is only Level One.

Problem is students – true students – who play low or non-revenue sports aren’t laughing.

They know their days as college athletes are winding down.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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9 Responses to Last Conference Standing Best Sitcom Of Fall Season

  1. tophatal says:


    Perhaps the guys within and in particular Fannie Mae , Freddie Mac , e FHFA and federal government can learn something about how these major BCS conferences conducts their business while actually making money ? LOL ,LOL,LOL !!!! Not one program as such is said to be losing money but these three pseudo governmental bodies one way or another have been one of the primary examples why the housing market is so ###ked up , along with the financial industry !

    If this all being done to allegedly in some cases as has been stated by one or two AD’s as well conference commissioners to make their conferences more competitive , well we can all take that with a pinch of salt ! On the other hand , collegiate athletics has always been a joke to begin with ! I mean how else could the NCAA not find any major transgressions in light of the Cam Newton ” affair” ? Several players on the 2010 football team are known to have accepted monetary gifts but yet somehow the Infractions Committee couldn’t find any evidence of this at all but saw nothing wrong at all ? The school’s AD Jay Jacobs says he was happy with their (NCAA’s) investigation and the results . Well he would , wouldn’t he ?

    tophatal ……….


  2. You know Tophatal, it’s a good point you have extending her comment about being a global, political-type entity. A lot of folks have been wondering why the government hasn’t been more aggressive not in “fixing” the BCS, but actually investigating the erosion of other athletic opportunities at universities taking state funding to provide a “complete” collegiate experience for their students. The money at these BCS football giants is clearly being funneled back into football. And regarding your comment on the investigative aspects, I have up until now felt the NCAA – and I can’t REALLY tell you WHAT they do anymore other than run March Madness – picked and choosed who to punish simply based on how easy the evidence was to obtain. I also felt they used to cast an eye away from the money-making programs. Now, there is so much rampant disregard for their rulebook they have no choice but to go after everyone and dig deep, etc. Then again…there is the Auburn debacle. Can’t explain that except maybe they had no taste for stripping the Tigers of their title for a few more years. Let some time pass…like with USC, perhaps. Maybe in a couple years some “new” evidence will finally vacate their title.


  3. JW says:

    Were headed for four Uber-conferences…which is terrible for the future.


  4. Troy Beckman says:

    Great post and couldn’t agree more. It’s a corrupt system that’s only gonna get worse. Level One indeed…


  5. chappy81 says:

    It feels like they’re never going to resolve this issue. It’s like with the WS last night, there were blown calls that everyone except the umpires could see. The people running the asylum (NCAA) don’t know what’s good for them!


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