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14 Oct 2011

Conference Realignment Goes Plaid

We've generally refrained from posting updates about conference reallignment scenarios, but just to catch everyone up on this week's news ...

Everything that happens now is happening now. What happened to then? We passed it. When? Just now. We're at now, now. Go back to then. When? Now. Now? Now! I can't. Why? We missed it. When? Just now.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 14 Oct 2011

14 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2011, 8:40pm by ls matt

Comments

1
by MooseIsLoose (not verified) :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 3:39am

Fuck Yeah Spaceballs!

I'm looking forward to when Hawaii joins the Big East.

4
by Mike Y :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 11:45am

East is relative, it is close to the Far East, right?

2
by Spielman :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 6:33am

I've thought for a long time that the less stable a league is, the less seriously it is possible to take it.

It's pretty clear which conferences it's possible to take at all seriously.

5
by steveNC (not verified) :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 3:27pm

None of them. This is making college football in general look silly.

3
by Rikki (not verified) :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 9:04am

The 22-team merged conference is one of those things that you wonder about why it's taken this long to happen.

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by Intropy :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 4:09pm

All this hopping around is getting ludicrous.

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by lionsbob :: Sun, 10/16/2011 - 11:45am

it would be, if it hasn't been happening for the past 100 years or so.

Just get it over with though. The CUSA-MWC 22 team merger won't be for long because the Big East and Big 12 are going to pick some teams off as well.

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by andrew :: Sat, 10/15/2011 - 8:58pm

I'm hoping the big east invites Hawaii...

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by 3cardmonty :: Sun, 10/16/2011 - 8:02am

Typo in the headline - realignment has only one l

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by Ugarles (not verified) :: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 11:00am

The MAC stands alone... the MAC stands alone...

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by Anonymus (not verified) :: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 3:24pm

It is about time for football and basketball be independent from other sports structure, with their own conferences.

The CUSA/MWC move seems to go in this direction...

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 3:42pm

Anyone care to explain how CUSA + MWC = BCS conference? I see a whole lot of quantity, but not a lot of quality.

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by Tracy :: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 7:40pm

I'd guess that in each of the last half-dozen years, the best team from among Boise State, Wyoming, Nevada, Air Force, Houston, SMU, UCF, Marshall, and East Carolina was better than the Big East champion and the ACC champion. Maybe that's more an argument that the Big East and ACC should not be automatic-bid conferences, but I think that a combined MWC-CUSA looks as good at the top of the conference as 1/3 of the current BCS conferences, and better than any other current non-BCS conference.

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by ls matt (not verified) :: Mon, 10/17/2011 - 8:40pm

What's the format on 22 or 20 team league? If they had, exactly 20 they could do 4 5-team divisions. 4 division games, 3 against one team in each other division, and a flex game based on those 7 games, with division leaders pairing off (as a semifinal) to determine final 2 teams for conference championship.