One of my favorite things as a kid was to get out every map I could find (there were no google ones then) and find places of interest.
By the time I was 10, I virtually memorized every city and town in the United States. When I moved from one grade school to another, the “new kid” would win all of the Geography bees.
Knowing Geography, unlike, say, Algebra makes sense and can be put to good use for your entire life.
The powers-that-be in college football have lost their way and a recent article by Pat Forde in Sports Illustrated beautifully pointed out why.
The Big 10 was a good idea for the land grant colleges of the midwest, not so much for Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers.
The Southwest Conference was a great idea for the Texas schools.
The Southeast Conference makes sense for Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.
Forde has Temple in a “Yankee Conference” with UConn and UMass and Navy, but the ideal scenario for the Owls would be to lump them with the other two FBS schools in Pennsylvania and the other large media markets in the East.
For Temple, the ideal scenario would to be in with schools from the traditional East (Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, Boston College, maybe even Navy).
That’s not going to happen now but it makes sense for a lot of reasons.
- Rivalries: Penn State and Pitt and Maryland vs. Navy and Temple vs. Rutgers and Pitt and West Virginia, among others.
- Travel costs: Football isn’t the only sport and having all an-East conference would cut costs considerably.
- Attendance: Just from a Temple football standpoint, a steady diet of games against Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and Pitt would kick the current average up from 28K to 38K or more easily.
- TV markets: A Big East type conference would have the No. 1 market (New York), the No. 4 one, Philadelphia and the No. 10 one (D.C.) It would be a catalyst for driving up revenue in any cable network competition.
Let the Big 10 have the midwest schools and the SEC and PAC-12 thrive but at some point, maybe long after even the current students at Temple are gone, someone should wise up and let geography dictate the college football landscape for everyone. Money dictates everything but what happens 50 years from now if the cable money runs out? Do the conferences return to a more regional landscape? Hope so.
Right now, this current setup does not benefit Temple nor many of the traditional Eastern schools.
Friday: Only The Shouting Is Over (Probably)
Monday: A Revamped AAC Schedule