Lately, we’ve been having an explosion of expansion mania in college football.
The Big 12 commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, accused ESPN of conspiring with the AAC, of all conferences, to take break up his group.
ESPN has denied it.
Over a month now and that’s all it’s been: All talk.
This time, it seems like something might happen. Does, say, Kansas going to the Big 10 help Temple?
Nobody really knows what’s going to happen, if anything, but I will take a guess.
The current Group of Five schools largely remain in the G5 and the current Power 5 schools largely remain in the P5.
The only change I see is that the schools in the P5 will consolodate into four mega conferences. The leftovers from the Big 12 are more likely to join the PAC-12 than they are the AAC.
The AAC won’t be absobing the remnants of the Big 12. There won’t be a Power 6.
Money talks and the 64 schools in the P5 have never shown one iota of sharing that money with any newcomers.
This whole thing reminds me of the talk about Temple’s ill-fated football stadium.
Back in March of 2012, a big football contributor was willing to tell anyone he saw at Temple basketball’s NCAA basketball game with North Carolina State that the stadium was a “done deal” — meaning that it will be built.
Knowing the North Philly neighborhood like I do, I said: “Wake me up when the first shovel hits the ground.”
Almost a full decade later and the first shovel has never hit the ground.
Now it’s a done deal the other way.
Temple has signed a 10-year Linc lease extension and not a single official affilated with the university wants to talk about the status of the stadium. That kind of tells you all you need to know.
That’s kind of the way I feel about all of this expansion talk. Wake me up when Temple joins a Power conference.
Until, then, like the stadium, it’s a nice thing to dream about while smoking a pipe.
Monday: Two reasons for optimism