Remember the days when geographically, the conference made sense? In the Big Ten, for example,
Rutgers wasn’t always a part of the conference. And neither was Nebraska. Those teams got taken — for financial reasons — away from conferences that were typically closer to it in terms of proximity.
That hurts recruiting.
Earlier this week, current FOX CFB analyst Urban Meyer spoke with BTN’s Gerry DiNardo about the world of college football and what realignment has done to it:
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 8, 2019
At one point — and Meyer knows this first-hand — he says that, “That’d be like taking Michigan State and yanking them out of the Big Ten. You can’t do that.”
His point is that some teams just make sense in a given conference. Proximity, recruiting, rivalries, everything.
College football isn’t what it once was. And part of that is due to money. The sport has gotten to where it is today because of how popular it is.
There’s good that comes from it. But there’s also the not-so-good.