Happy Monday morning! I’ve tried to think about conference realignment as little as possible because it amounts to barely more than a high school popularity contest in which whispers and back stabbings take center stage in trying to form four super clubs. It’s easy for me to take that stance though, because UK is already assured a place in the coolest club, the SEC. However, my question is this: Should every school be confined to only one club, or should there be separate options for football, basketball and non-revenue sports?
The whole situation will have to shake out more before I can definitively say how I feel on the topic, but in regard to the non-revenue sports, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to establish loose conference ties to schools that are geographically accessible. Let’s say Texas goes to the ACC, should Wake Forest’s rowing team be expected to travel to Austin for matches? That doesn’t make sense. Other than Texas A&M, the Southeastern conference doesn’t look to be adding anyone far outside of its titular boundaries, but that doesn’t mean it would be best for UK to remain exclusively in the conference.
What if Kentucky played basketball with schools from the ACC and what will have been formerly known as the Big East? With four super conferences, two previous automatic tournament bids will be gone. Why not let football play with the giant, 16-team conferences, and let schools choose a different path for basketball?
Like I said, this is all conjecture, but it’s something to think about as we forge ahead into the unknown realm of conference realignment.