By Zack Hauseman
Ah, the old college switcheroo. Er, more like the new college switcher-de-doo. It’s happening right now, like it or not. How about all this conference realignment? We, as sports fans get to be confused as fudge about what conference college teams are in anymore. Even the schools themselves are having trouble with this nowadays. Trouble indeed, as UConn’s omission of UCF on a conference promotional piece showed. Yes, they actually forgot that UCF was in their own conference, the American athletic conference or whatever it’s called now. My own school, Temple, will be a part of this league as well and will have its third different conference in three years. From the MAC to the BE to the AAC to the WTF. I doubt anyone really expected to have to change the logos so much. All that money to repaint probably comes out of my tuition. Or the athletic budget, whatever. Something like 40 schools are doing the conference movearoo or have done it within a few years. Chances are your school has done this this year or recently.
The Huskies will be a part of the all-new AAC in 2013. Or is it the ACC or the Big East? I can’t remember. I’m going to go watch some good old MAC football…
But that’s not even all of the ditcharooing going on either. Butler fans simultaneously pooped themselves in surprise and began crying when they found out that the beloved Brad Stevens had abruptly decided to leave the program that he led to two national title appearances for the Celtics. Who, by the way are a ways off from being highly competitive in the NBA with all these trade shenanigans going on. Is a slightly troubled NBA ball club worth a program in college ball that is ascending like a Saturn V rocket? NO. Not in my opinion. The NBA is not directly translatable from College. Just ask Mr. Pitino. Or maybe that’s what he is going for? In any case I do get in a sense why it would be a no-brainer move. It’s just that a quality program is going to have some serious problems finding any semblance of a coach in July, and most people will not argue that Butler would’ve done so well without Stevens. And even when coaches aren’t jumping from college to the pros they are very often hopping around the college-sphere. “Shaka, don’t leave me,” says the VCU fan base. Those sheeple are right you know. It’s better for the program and college basketball alike if he stays.
Look, over yonder! An NBA team and a higher salary. Better hop my 9 year contract!
All of this is starting to make me dizzy. At least the general structure of everything is going to stay the same, right? WRONG. College football is soon going to see its new college playoff thingy come into effect. I should qualify that actually I think this is great. It’s just that it’s one more thing I’m going to have to remember when watching sports. I watch this stuff so I don’t have to remember anything, right? And this will probably just be a bunch more late season games for Alabama to not lose. At least we still have March Madness, which ironically is the thing that makes sense to me most anymore in the college sports world. What’s next, Penn State basketball being good? *Shudder*
I found this in my garage and that’s when I remembered that the Nittany Lions play basketball.
College sports are changing, sort of. I mean, in the end, are we losing any teams? Not really. Are we going to have fewer games? No. So we theoretically will all the same action during the college sports season. But we are losing conferences that not only make sense but also have instant name association. The very recent past is going to be starkly different from the next year alone. What do you think?
“UCONN Huskies” by G Talan
“Coach Stevens” by bradjward
“Some Random Penn State Basketball found in my garage that I used today with shame” by Zachary Hauseman
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