The more I hear about this proposed “Pac-16” the more I don’t like it. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that people confuse UO and OU enough already (well, maybe not that much).
Sure, it would be awesome for Oregon and Oklahoma to square off on the regular, or potential USC-Texas conference championships.
But that would just be the aftermath of the conference’s true intentions: to make as much freakin’ money as possible.
College football has turned into the Wild Wild West. Or maybe the Colonial Era, where Western Europe rampaged through Africa and the Americas. This is about killing or being killed. This is about grabbing the money out of the pot before anyone else can reach for it.
And I don’t like it.
I know there’s not much purity left in sports, but it still hurts to see such blatant greed — with little to no disregard to the integrity of the sport.
And ironic thing is, college athletics still try to mask themselves as institutions of higher learning. In student-athlete, “student” still comes before “athlete”. Yet college athletics might be dirtier than all four professional leagues combined. But I digress.
If Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado (which is already in, apparently) join the conference, that would essentially change college football as we know it.
As Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle put it: The Pac-10 would become the western equivalent of the Southeastern Conference, which will no doubt react by eating the lower third of the ACC, or of the Big 16, which would conceivably be the Big Ten plus the lion’s share of the Big East and, if it can get Notre Dame drunk enough, Notre Dame.
That would be 40 percent of the Division I football schools in three conferences! And more importantly, about 95% of the teams (or do we still have to call them schools?) that actually make money.
Wishful thinking on my part has all this prospective change resulting in the death of the BCS and the birth of some sort of playoff system under which winners are decided on the field. But if these schools are greedy enough to destroy the current conference structure, who knows what will happen to the current Bowl situation.
Basically, college football is good the way it is — as long as a playoff system replaces the BCS (They’d make more money and football players don’t go to class anyway!). I don’t want something already great to change just because there are 50 rich people sitting behind big desks that want to be able to afford a second yacht.
And if you thought the potential confusion over UO and OU would be bad, just imagine Oregon State and Oklahoma State. Who gets rights for “OSU”? Do they play for it? Flip a coin? Have a drunken golf cart race-off?
Hopefully that question never needs to be answered. My brain hurts enough already.