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By an overwhelming 16-2 vote, the NCAA voted today to give its Big 5 conferences – the SEC (a.k.a. the “Football Conference”), the ACC (the “Basketball Conference”), the Pac-12 (the “Nike Conference”), the Big Ten (the “First Conference”) and the Big 12 (“Ringo”) – autonomy, allowing them to create their own rules for 11 explicitly listed areas, such as athlete outside interests, scholarship amounts and insurance. May God have mercy on our souls.
These schools have the most engaged fans? Fine. Let’s take them down a peg and remind them: At the end of the day, most of the value you take from your school derives from watching big jock morons smash into each other for an hour each week.
The danger in talking about conference realignment in college sports and making projections about what the future holds is that the future you’re projecting is constantly in danger of being upended by yet another move. So it is that the updated future Big East football map our own Dylan Murphy fashioned yesterday, upon hearing the news that Tulane and East Carolina would join the conference, is already out of date.
Thought colleges had finished frantically switching conferences and everyone was finally content where they were, confident that when the BCS shot its grand money cannon in their general direction, they’d scoop up their share of the scattered proceeds, rather than be killed instantly by the blow? Nonsense! The latest dominoes to fall: Maryland and Rutgers are heading to the Big Ten. What should you know about it? We break the big move down, after the jump.
As the brackets unfolded in real time yesterday, each team gathered together to watch the selection show. And as each team was filmed reacting to their seeds, we were privy to some fantastic reaction shots. But all seed celebrations pale in comparison to N.C. State, which went absolutely nuts over their selection. See what it feels like to be an 11-seed after the jump.
ACC Referee Allegedly Told NC State Coach To Shut His “F—ing Ass Up” During Wildly Controversial Game
North Carolina pulled out a thriller against NC State this afternoon, winning 69-67 in a game that saw 42 fouls in 40 minutes. But the last few possessions of the game had some surprising no-calls, which lead to a surprising outburst from one of the referees. Find out why ref Brian Dorsey allegedly told NC State’s Mark Gottfried to “shut your f—— ass up!” after the jump.
When Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving the Big East for the ACC last month, it marked the biggest conference-shifting news since Nebraska bolted for the Big 10 last year, and the end of the Big East football conference as we know it. It also got some people thinking: did ESPN play a role in the move? A couple days ago, one ACC athletic director sent those thoughts into overdrive. And today, he tried to take it all back.
It’s no secret that the conference system as it currently exists in college athletics won’t be around much longer. Texas A&M’s move to the SEC might be the final straw for the Big 12, and it’s hard to imagine the Big East surviving the defection of Pittsburgh and Syracuse. And whatever happens from here on out, the eventual realignment will be shaped in large part by the actions of Texas.
According to CBS Sports’ Brett McMurphy, Syracuse and Pittsburgh sent the ACC letters of application. If those applications are accepted, it would not be good for the Big East. As a football conference, it’s already fledgling (even after TCU’s addition), and going down to seven football schools could be the death knell. While it doesn’t seem anything is finalized yet, it’s a very real possibility, and there seems to be agreement on one point: the Big East has incompetent leadership to “thank.”