The Big Least

Posted by admin on December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized tagged with

The Big East has added Temple and is to welcome Houston, SMU,
Memphis, Central Florida along with Boise State and San Diego State next
season. Tulane and East Carolina are scheduled to join in 2014 and Navy
in 2015.  This coming off the news 7 schools have announced their
defecting from one of college athletics most prime and traditional
basketball conferences with Seton Hall, Syracuse, Georgetown, St. Johns,
Villanova, West Virgina, Providence and DePaul all leaving after 2014.

San Diego State, SMU and Central Florida being added to the Big East;
Marquette, Georgetown, Syracuse, West Virgina, Pittsburgh and Notre
Dame  are no longer part of the conference? Confused, who isn’t?

“The 13 members of the conference are confident and united regarding our
collective future,” a Big East statement read. “We have a strong
conference with respected national universities and are working together
to forge the future. We have a variety of options and are looking
forward with great partnership, collegiality and optimism,” says a
school administrator.


The defections leave Connecticut, a founding member of the Big East in 1979,
along with Cincinnati and South Florida with uncertain futures.


Naming rights to the Big East, television contracts, collected exit fee
disbursement and other questions await answers as the new league will
reshape the college athletics landscape. This re-shaping has been in
place for some time by money hungry conference commissioner’s, school
president’s, administrator’s and the real governing body of College
athletics – Television.


These BOLD questions are some of those being asked, ever since Penn
State was added to the Big 10 years ago, which by the way is now the Big
14. The Big 12 which actually has 10 schools and the Atlantic 10 which
actually has 16 teams is what college athletics is in 2012 and into the
future. Does anyone in college athletics care about regional common
sense, basic math and proper marketing/branding and common regional
alignment or, is this just the continuation of  the complete  ‘money
grab’;  the only tall order of every college president, athletic
director and conference commissioner? You need a ‘roster card’ to
determine which school is part of what conference and in what sport?
Perhaps, it doesn’t matter to those in charge as the competition will
continue, new student athletes churned through their four year college
experience and the profile of the major sports will heighten while
coaching, commissioner and athletic director compensation increase to
NFL like figures.

One could cover many subject matters on the continuing hypocrisy of
college athletics and the NCAA which will spare no soul when it comes to
taking advantage of amateur athletes at the expense and chase for the
almighty American dollar. BUT, this is the day and age we live in 2012
which will become only more confusing and more insulting to student
athletes, parents and academia as we purge forward.

It’s bad enough to wait some 45 days until a National Football
Champion is decided in college football which will realign in 2014 to an
NFL like $91 million dollar playoff payoff format to determine the
nation’s number 1 team in the land. It further punctuates the NCAA’s
lack of control over it’s member institutions, its’ conference
commissioner’s, school administrator’s and Bowl game executives. It’s
your classic case of the the tail ‘wagging the dog’!  How student
athletes in today’s collegiate athletics don’t fit into the financial
schematic profile of the prolific revenue streams paid to the schools is
beyond common sense and good. When will it cease? When will the NCAA
step-in and grab hold of it’s assets, its’ properties, brand and rights?
When will regional cable television, ESPN and the networks have the
NCAA work as the governing body underneath their umbrella so we can
minimally make sense of this chaos and scrambled jig saw puzzle?

Who cares, whose in charge, and will Connecticut end up in the WAC?




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