Is Relegation Coming To College Football?
A little over a year ago, I wrote a post detailing why college football desperately needed to adopt relegation rules in its sport. I’m sorry but if USC is in the same conference as Rutgers, maybe your rules suck. Someone with some balls needs to step in and do the right thing. College football needs a commissioner and organized relegation needs to enter the sport. Otherwise, this conference realignment that’s already killed the Pac 12 won’t stop.
It appears that someone with a sliver of power is actually doing the right thing and trying to end the madness. Boise State associate athletic director Michael Walsh has crafted the first act of documented relegation that he’s trying to propose into the sport.
“Boise State associate athletic director Michael Walsh has created what is believed to be the first formal proposals on the subject. He has written an in-depth plan for a three-tiered alliance of 24 FBS football teams in Pacific, Mountain, and Central time zones, with the opportunity for promotion and relegation at the end of each season.”
“The 22-slide PowerPoint, obtained and reviewed by Front Office Sports, has been shared with athletic directors in and outside of the conference, as well as with Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez.“
“Many, many folks are kicking around concepts of relegation/promotion, or mega-leagues,” Nevarez told FOS. But “this is probably the first I’ve seen of someone really putting pen to paper, and looking at it comprehensively.”
I don’t need any credit. I’m just glad someone is doing something about it. Who knows if this is something that would actually get approved? What matters is the right steps are being taken. It’s time to treat the college football playoff like the Champions League. It’s time to stop messing with conference alignment and leave the results on the field to determine who makes the TV money. It’s time to take away the greed and bias from the sport by enacting a formula where it can no longer exist. Let’s do the right thing and get this passed.
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