The great George Carlin may have inadvertently summed up college football for what is known as the Group of Five when he once said this:
“It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”
The next “big announcement” for college football may already have been made and, if Temple and the rest of the AAC don’t get cold feet like the MAC and Big 10/Pac 12 seem to have, they are poised to join the club.
The SEC and ACC were waiting for the Big 12 to make the announcement and, now it seems like college football is a go for the fall, notwithstanding some of the other conferences did. The prayers of the SEC and ACC were answered a day later when the Big 12 gave the go-ahead for football.
Major League Baseball,
the NHL, and the NBA
have provided enough of
a sample that sports
can go forward without
Those three playing conferences probably are hoping that the AAC joins them in a “more-the-merrier” arrangement which would at least keep college football on TV on Saturdays and keep the NFL–which also is playing–swooping in and taking Saturdays like the league indicated it would last week.
How wise this decision is and was will be debated but the “system” has kept Temple and some other deserving schools out being broken up for at least a year props up a window for Temple to climb through and the Owls should probably take advantage.
Now I’m a big science guy so there is a risk to that approach. The reward could be worth it. I could see the AAC, ACC, Big 12 and SEC partnering in a way that would restructure the bowl system at least for a year and give the G5’s best league the kind of marquee matchups they haven’t had in the past. Plus, who knows? Maybe an AAC team can sneak into the final four. The league certainly had no shot under the old system.
Major League Baseball, the NHL, and the NBA have provided enough of a sample that sports can go forward without major problems. College football was played in 1918, a year where the Spanish Flu killed millions more than this current virus. Fans attended games wearing masks. Were lives at stake then? Sure. Was playing football back then any more of a problem than, say, shopping or work? No.
The Big 10 and PAC-12 may have jumped the gun on a quick decision because let’s face it, there will be no college football in the spring. Not now with the other three conferences playing in the fall. I like the fact that the ACC, SEC and Big 12 are at least trying to move forward. If it has to be shut down in mid-season, then the powers-that-be will have to cross that bridge when they come to it. Turning back three weeks before reaching that bridge seems a bit premature.
For Temple, this might be the last chance to join a club it should have been in a long time ago. The Owls and the rest of the AAC should try to join it while they can or risk regretting it later.