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Switching conferences would be a horrible mistake. I don't know why people even entertain the thought.
On the $ side of things it would be a big mistake but on the basketball side of things it would be beneficial to migrate to a better conference like the ACC. On the football side of things I would like to see what Stoops and company can do over the next several years against the big boy programs of the SEC. So I dont see UK making any changes and overall thats probably for the best.
Since football revenue drives the bus for major college athletics, UK's going to stay where it makes the most sense financially ... the SEC. Doesn't matter what's best for any other sports ... only football.
IF UK left it could ***ONLY*** be for the Big 10. Anyone who would opt out of the SEC for the ACC would, as Mitch put it, be making a "big, big mistake", as the ACC could be history in 2-3 years (I mean history like the Big East is history).
I have been an advocate for leaving in the past, but the only exit is the B10 due to football. With that said, it's not going to happen so we just have to "rise up" to the level of play in the SEC.
This post was edited by jamccain 15 months ago
I could actually see a scenario in the future where football does it's own thing.. Much like NDame was a BEast BB school, but, an independent FB school.. I could see where football uses some sort of formula and getting the best 64 programs over a 4-5 year period and those 64 teams play only the other teams within that division and conference affiliation goes by the wayside.. Teams make up there own 12 game schedules like NDame does and using something similar to the BCS model now, select the highest rated 8 teams at the end of the year and have a playoff with the playoff games taking up the major bowl games.. If you aren't in the top 8, you can still be selected for the other smaller bowls.. if strength of schedule was a big factor in the decision, it would force these programs to schedule up.. You could also keep your big rivalry games.. And, without conference affiliation, you could actually have the top 8 teams making the playoffs, unlike now, where only 2 teams from a given conference is allowed to play in a major BCS Bowl and this would eliminate the N.Illinois vs Flor St type matchups..The model we have for college football is broken, imo, because of matchups like this and because it's too much of a people influenced popularity contest when deciding the top 2 teams..
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