G5: Proving it could beat the P5 every single year

Temple would be the northernmost school of the new Super AAC.

Until about now, the Group of Five has been an interested spectator in this crazy game called college football realignment.

The trend is simply this: Consolidation.

Simply put, the seismic shift is that the two major conferences, the SEC and the Big 10, are going to be superconferences and, while the goal is not to marginalize the other three Power 5 conferences, that is exactly what is happening.

North Carolina does the unthinkable this year … opening on the road at two G5 teams. We might never see that again. Temple should be rooting for both home squads.

Group of Five?

What was an afterthought is becoming moreso so why not be as aggressive as the two major conferences are?

The thinking here is that there is not much for the G5 to lose at this point.

A superconference of G5 schools would not adversely affect the current landscape in the G5 now and might help it.

In other words, for the G5 to have a seat at any potential playoff table–and that should be the goal–one conference of G5 teams might be enough to force the hand of the Power 5.

If not an automatic bid, then maybe some kind of litigation striping the P5 of its ability to marginalize the G5 would work.

It’s worth a try.

If anything, the Group of Five schools have proven they can beat the P5 schools on a regular basis.

Last year, Cincinnati went into Notre Dame and won as did Memphis beating a Mississippi State team (which beat Texas A&M, which beat Alabama). Memphis lost to probably the worst-coached Temple team in history.

We all know Temple, in back-to-back years, beat Penn State and came within a touchdown of beating a Big 10 champion (also Penn State) the next year on the road. Temple won, 37-7, at SEC member Vanderbilt in 2014 and hammered Maryland of the Big 10 on the road, 35-14, in 2018 and returned the favor the next year, 20-17, when Maryland came into Lincoln Financial Field ranked No. 21 in the country.

Coastal Carolina beat Kansas in consecutive years and, in one of those years, Kansas beat Texas.

Liberty beat Syracuse.

UTSA won not only at Memphis but at Power 5 Illinois.

There are plenty of G5 victories over P5 teams to point to, really, too many to mention in this space.

If the G5 had never beaten P5 teams, there could be a solid argument to be made to exclude them from the playoffs but there are examples every year that their champion deserves a chance.

Maybe producing one G5 champion from a G5 Superconference would bolster that argument. Whatever it would behoove the G5 to make some news when all of the offseason noise right now is coming elsewhere.

If you can beat them but they won’t let you at the playoff table, force their hand by forming a superconference, too. If they deny you a seat at the table, file a suit.

It might work. It might not but laying back and letting them screw you should not be an option.

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Lack of NCAA money another blow for G5

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Tough decisions for Temple in the past included dropping baseball. Who knows what the next decision for Temple will be?

As far away as five months is, you don’t have to be a Nosadramus to figure out Temple football attendance is going to be impacted somewhat from the residue of this pandemic.

People who once thought nothing of sitting in a crowded stadium will now think long and hard about making such a commitment.

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Those of us who have gotten into the habit of making Saturdays a college football day probably won’t be swayed if this thing dies down as expected.

Yet the effect of the pandemic on the pocketbook is already being felt, according to a recent story on footballscoop.com.

This is from that story:

The NCAA on Thursday announced it will distribute $225 million to Division I schools in June, a figure that was unanimously approved by the board of governors.

That figure is less than half of the budgeted $600 million the organization planned to send out, had the NCAA tournament been played.

Fifty million of that $225 figure will come from reserves, and the NCAA will use its $270 million event-cancellation insurance policy to pay off a line of credit that will cover the remainder of the money paid to schools.

While Division I schools are forced to deal with massive shortfalls, they get off easy compared to lower-level schools. From the NCAA:
Division II will receive 4.37% of actual revenues, currently projected to be $13.9 million for the division, which is a $30 million decrease from last year. Division III will receive 3.18% of actual revenues, currently projected to be $10.7 million for the division, which is a $22 million decrease from last year. These amounts will be used to fund national programs.”

As the author of the story, Zach Barnett, pointed out, the Power 5 schools who have vast reserves of money will survive but Group of Five schools like Temple and especially FCS and Division II will struggle. No one knows how much Temple was getting from this fund, but let’s assume half of what Temple gets from this source dries up. That’s money Temple was expecting to come in and won’t get now.

Football seems to be safe at Temple because the university committed to a long-term deal with the Eagles for use of Lincoln Financial Field. Other sports, though, could be on the chopping block and not just at Temple, but at all G5 schools.

In a sport where the rich seem to get richer and the poor get marginalized, this unfortunately par for the course over the last decade or so.

Wednesday: An April Anthology

Friday: A Year Without Cherry and White