Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Discussion: More Conference Shuffling

Memphis football: BCS worthy, apparently

While it appears the TCU's new landing spot in the Big 12 is stable (at least for now), the conference realignment drama that has plagued us for going on two years continues this week. With West Virginia on the way out and just about all of the legacy members looking for their own escape, the Big East this week went out and watered down their football conference even more by plucking Memphis away from Conference USA. While this move doesn't directly affect the Frogs, the continued shifts in conference affiliation may have an effect on future scheduling strategies and postseason structure in a number of sports.

But Memphis to the Big East doesn't appear that it'll be the final aftershock in this elongated seismic event. Immediately following the Tigers' departure, CUSA reached out to Temple to gauge the Owls' interest in leaving the MAC...which was their landing spot after being kicked to the curb by the Big East a few years back. The circle of life. Then again, there are the persistent rumors that CUSA and the Mountain West could dissolve and form a brand-new, more than likely awkwardly-named conference.

So who do you think will be the next undeserving football program to be tapped with the magic BCS wand? Or will that even matter in three years? How do you see these mid-level conferences shaping up once all of the shuffling is finished. Or will it ever be finished?

7 comments:

general125 said...

There's still hope for one conference to get that all important FW/D market with North Texas!

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

It really doesn't look like the AQ designation will exist once this current BCS contract ends. Then most of these mid-major schools will have largely shifted for nothing. Especially schools going way out of their geographic areas like the new Big Mountain USA schools. Memphis has become a top bball program, so their move to the Big Mountain USA makes sense. The whole drama has been crazy. I'm just happy TCU ended up in the Big 12 playing against teams that make geographic and historical sense.

Worth Hills Caddy said...

Thank god we ended up where we did.

Also, Memphis to the BE should help Justin Fuente. It will be helpful for us for the coaches that leave our program to have success at other school as we look to hire replacements. However, Fuente is walking into a very tough situation there.

Rotten Arsenal said...

So who do you think will be the next undeserving football program to be tapped with the magic BCS wand?

You mean going forward? Because after SDSU and SMU, that's really kind of a moot point.

Lyle Lanley said...

Yes, RA. Thus the word "next"

Rotten Arsenal said...

Sorry, misread that. I have a 2 week old baby in my house and reality is a little messed up at the moment.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

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