Regarding all of the conference-shuffling going on in colege sports right now:
Longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, whose school, a founding member of the Big East, defected to the ACC over the weekend, put this mess in proper perspective during a speech to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham, Ala.
“If conference commiss-ioners were the founding fathers of this country, we would have Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina in the United States,” Boeheim said, as reported by the Birmingham News. “This audience knows why we are doing this. There’s two reasons: money and football.”
I think he’s got it backwards.
Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina wouldn’t be part of the United States. Alabama would be part of Guatemala, Florida would be part of Argentina and North Carolina would be part of Uruguay…
or something like that.
That’s what everyone needs to keep in mind with the political meth known colloquially as “states’ rights.” If, in 1939, America had been as John C. Calhoun wanted it to be, at least one – maybe more – states would have cut their own side deals with Germany.
You know it.
I know it.
And you thought California would have to fall into the ocean for Texas and Oklahoma to be considered Pac-12 schools.
These two money-grubbers would join the Pak-12 if Pakistan offered enough rupees.
Anyone with a functioning brain knows it.
With the continued disintegration of regional rivalries, the powers that be are ignoring so much of what makes college sports unique.
All that seems to matter to them is that their television contracts continue to grow.
Does the author of this piece, Jerome Solomon, see the parallels between this and the treasonous modus operandi of the ‘Club for Growth’ and the (so-called) ‘U.S. Chamber of Commerce’?