ESPN and the SEC really shook up the world of college football recently, and Tuesday we heard a shot being fired back by three other Power 5 conferences.
DO YOU WANT TO FORM AN ALLIANCE WITH ME?
The Big Ten, ACC, and PAC-12 announced what they are calling The Alliance. It’s a gentleman’s agreement to work with each other on the College Football Playoff, scheduling, and governance. It’s essentially an attempt to keep the SEC in check and give them a voice in how college football will be run.
Maybe the thing they agree on the most is that ESPN controls too much of the sport and calls too many of the shots. After all, it is believed by most people that ESPN was the driving force behind Texas’ and Oklahoma’s moves to the SEC. The Alliance doesn’t want to start an expanded playoff until they can take the television rights out for bid so that ESPN doesn’t control the entire event and therefore they can maximize the money that can be made.
The Alliance said that they want academics to continue to be an important part of college sports. The inference is that the SEC has sold out entirely to sports. That’s not genuine. The Alliance conferences are really worried that the SEC will take over college sports and they will be left out of the big money. But saying academics are important sounds better to some and lets them sleep better at night.
It all sounds interesting until you hear that there is no signed contract between the conferences. It’s a gentleman’s agreement. What’s that worth? Nothing. Conference commissioners change. Schools are still going to listen to the SEC if they get an invitation to join that conference. It’s simply an attempt by the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC to maintain some kind of control.
The conference commissioners said that The Alliance was not a reaction to Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC but nobody believes that. That was certainly the last straw. They also say that they want the Big 12 to do well, but yet they didn’t include it in The Alliance. So, to put it in teenager terms, they care but they don’t care care.
It’s unknown just what effect The Alliance will have on the sport. And who knows what it means for Kansas and Kansas State? Ultimately, I think it’s an attempt to calm all schools in a very rocky time, but I’m not sure it’s going to slow down realignment.
CHIEFS REDUCE ROSTER TO 80
The Chiefs made their required five cuts Monday to get down to 80. They released DE Taco Charlton, DB Will Parks, G Bryan Witzmann, and waived LB Riley Cole and QB Anthony Gordon. The next cut is the big one. Teams have to get down to 53 by August 31. Andy Reid said that Taco Charlton should be on a team but it didn’t work out with the Chiefs right now.
The Royals reinstated RHP Kyle Zimmer from the injured list and placed LHP Jake Brentz on the injured list with left shoulder impingement… Benny Feilhaber was named head coach of Sporting’s U-17 team.
With college football Alliance near, what could it ultimately mean for Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC? (Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel)
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