The University of Louisville has been added to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is great news for the Cardinals, but it makes about as much sense as San Diego State and Boise State being in the Big East. Louisville will replace Maryland, which will become the 14th team in the Big Ten. Confused yet? Who isn’t? College football is built on tradition and rivalries, which are going out the window faster than a discarded stadium cup.
Missouri is now in the Southeast? Louisville in the Atlantic Coast?
Here’s how the conferences should be aligned, beginning with Kentucky’s beloved Southeastern Conference. It should include the following: Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana State, Arkansas, Texas, North and South Carolina and Virginia, giving it 12 teams.
The Big Ten was once made up of the some of the country’s largest schools. By enrollment, the only current members who deserve to be included are Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State. The others would be Arizona State, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M. If, however, we were to go with tradition, it should include Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Add to that mix West Virginia, Penn State, Nebraska and Iowa, giving it the 10 teams it should have.
The Atlantic Coast Conference should then include Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers and Connecticut, which give it 10 teams.
This leaves Vanderbilt, Auburn and Mississippi State out of the Southeastern Conference and Northwestern out of the Big Ten, which, in the case of Vanderbilt and Northwestern, other than altering the overall G.P.A. of their former conferences, will not be greatly missed outside of scheduling homecoming games.
Louisville’s record in all sports over the past decade gives them the credibility to be in a great conference, such as the ACC, but would someone turn off the record player so this game of musical chairs comes to stop? Yeah, I know … not likely.