Okay, so there has been talk around the blogosphere about possible conference realignment and how it would be interesting. Most notably, T. Kyle King over at Dawg Sports has actually come up with very feasible and realistic looking scenarios for conference realignment, and it’s worth a read.
I have a different proposal. Well, Kyle might have already mentioned the idea that I’m about to propose, but I didn’t read through the entire series, so I’m gonna play the dumb card here. Anyway, the SEC is thought of as being one of the better conferences in the country (I don’t want to start a flame war), but there has been some grumbling for well, as long as the conference has been around that the bottom teams are really, really, really, really bad. *cough* Mississippi State *cough* So, what’s the solution? An exchange program.
Conference USA, the rejected ugly girl of the conference circuit, feeling disrespect at the rest of the school, thinking that if only given a chance, they could show how much fun they could be (even in bed), has been trying to be taken seriously for years now.
Like an inner-city kid going to an exchange program within his own city yet worlds apart, I propose the C*USA/SEC exchange.
The conference champion of the Conference USA wins their way into the SEC, and the last place team in the SEC must go down to the C*USA the next year. Sure, it could work out that the same two teams would simply switch places every season, but it could also serve to let a team that is too good for their own conference to be rewarded for being good.
Under my scenario, Houston, would now be in the SEC for at least a season, and Mississippi State would be relegated to playing in Conference USA, where they might come in last again, and have to play against Junior Varsity teams in Mississippi. We could see teams like Southern Miss, Marshall, UAB, Memphis have their chances in the SEC, while Mississippi State would basically move permanently to C*USA along with the likes of Ole Miss and Vandy making occasional appearances.
It would be a great windfall for the Conference USA schools, and it would be a wake up call to crappy teams that are just dragging around. It would raise the overall level of competition in the SEC as well, and would create new matchups that could be interesting enough to warrant more national coverage. Anyway, that’s my idea, and it’s awesome, so tell me how awesome you think it is.
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