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    Interesting read from Eer board(one where I think guy was saying what he had heard)

    Before reading I think this does stem from what some have said. Basically 80 teams one day would breakaway. My question is the BIG conferences now consist of approx. 64 teams. Who would be the other 16? Also doesn't the 4 leagues of 20 basically spill same thing as what you will read below?

    Again from another poster, not me!

    Heard something today that is rather interesting......

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    I played golf today with 3 guys I've never played with. Two were here for Oliver Luck's take on the Texas AD job(reporters) and the other was in town for Football related activities related to the NCAA.

    Now let me preface this by saying we had a few cold ones on the course and they were all very gregarious types with alcohol fueled ego's. What they told me sounds like a pie-in-the-sky rambling....but if it did come to fruition it would revolutionize College Football as we know it.

    The premise of this conversation was conference realignment. But all three agreed that they had heard and had talked to individuals in both the power conferences and the NCAA about the possibility of this happening sometime in the future.

    What was told to me was this....there is a quiet movement starting to form about a new and totally radical change in the upper echelon of D1 football. 80 of the top teams currently, based on such things as AD budget, fanbase size, national recognition and potential for growth, etc would break away from the NCAA and form a new All sport league for all sports....including Mens basketball, womens sports and all Olympic sports as well. These 80 teams would form into 8 ten team divisions and compete in all sports. With 4 cross division games from neighboring divisions. But all games would be in this new league with no crossover to the NCAA. Not really earth shattering...but here is the rub that makes it unique. All 80 teams would agree to dissolve all association with conferences. No SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac12, ACC and a few from MWC and the AAC. No conferences. The groupings would be based on one premise. Regionality. They would try and group all the teams to allow fanbase travel to at least half and probably more of the home games. This would be from the east coast to the west and from the Canadian boarder to the southern most state borders.

    Now they all agreed this would not be an easy sell, as the conferences are entrenched like an alabama tick in a blood hound. But they were adamant about the possibility due to the changes coming when the GOR restrictions start breaking down and things start getting really crazy with realignment. They stated that some of the more powerful people in the conferences could be mollified with cushy jobs in the leagues head office.
    Of course I laughed and tried to throw darts at their conversation but they stuck to their premise and stated that stranger things have happened. And after sobering up a bit I find the idea rather attractive.

    Anyone have any thoughts about the possibility of something like this happening in say the next 10 to 15 years?? Just thoughts guys....no rumor just thoughts.....topic for conversation.
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    Guess all of the television contracts, which overlap, would have to be thrown out at the same time. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a break-away, but the odds schools would reorganized like this is hilarious. It sounds like a WVU pipe dream to start playing games on the east coast again.
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    My plan is to have 7 conferences with auto bids to an 8-team tourney. Bring back the SWC, Big 8, old Big East (w/Penn State), and the ACC, B1G and SEC back close to their pre-expansion era composition.

    This leaves one at-large spot. The one at-large spot allows independents (like ND) to stay that way. But the at-large (or lucky dog) spot does NOT necessarily go to an indy, but can go the best team of the following: "Non-BCS" school; an auto-bid conference non-champion, or of course to an independent.

    BTW, the "old Big East" I mention above would include: VT, Penn State, Miami, WVU, Pitt, BC, Syracuse, Rutgers, and possibly one or both of Louisville and UConn.

    All conferences would be round robin.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFantastic! View Post
    Before reading I think this does stem from what some have said. Basically 80 teams one day would breakaway. My question is the BIG conferences now consist of approx. 64 teams. Who would be the other 16? Also doesn't the 4 leagues of 20 basically spill same thing as what you will read below?

    Again from another poster, not me!

    Heard something today that is rather interesting......

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    [QUOTE=MrFantastic!;878982]What was told to me was this....there is a quiet movement starting to form about a new and totally radical change in the upper echelon of D1 football. 80 of the top teams currently, based on such things as AD budget, fanbase size, national recognition and potential for growth, etc would break away from the NCAA and form a new All sport league for all sports....including Mens basketball, womens sports and all Olympic sports as well. These 80 teams would form into 8 ten team divisions and compete in all sports. With 4 cross division games from neighboring divisions. But all games would be in this new league with no crossover to the NCAA. Not really earth shattering...but here is the rub that makes it unique. All 80 teams would agree to dissolve all association with conferences. No SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac12, ACC and a few from MWC and the AAC. No conferences. The groupings would be based on one premise. Regionality. They would try and group all the teams to allow fanbase travel to at least half and probably more of the home games. This would be from the east coast to the west and from the Canadian boarder to the southern most state borders. [QUOTE]

    It is an interesting suggestion. I am not sure how they will be able to pull it off considering that these "groups" would still need some sort of structure in to act on the group's behalf when entering into any contractual agreements. The contractual agreements could include anything from the marketing of the group to logistical issues (i.e. determining dates and locations for the various group "conference" tournaments). Whether you call these new "organizations" groups, districts, regions, conferences, associations or whatever other name you want to come up with they would still be serving in the same capacity as the current conferences. If the 80 schools will now be truly independent, then it defeats the whole purpose regionalizing the "conference."
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    All makes to much sense to actually happen!

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    I agree with Edgeman. It's another attempt by WVU fans to rationalize a secure future for themselves.

    This scheme has so many holes in it that it's not worthy of discussion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Edgeman View Post
    Guess all of the television contracts, which overlap, would have to be thrown out at the same time. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a break-away, but the odds schools would reorganized like this is hilarious. It sounds like a WVU pipe dream to start playing games on the east coast again.

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    Key takeaways (emphasis mine)....

    Quote Originally Posted by MrFantastic! View Post
    From Eer board.....Now let me preface this by saying we had a few cold ones on the course and they were all very gregarious types with alcohol fueled ego's. What they told me sounds like a pie-in-the-sky rambling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maroon baboon View Post
    my dream is to have 7 conferences with auto bids to an 8-team tourney.
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