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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What’s Your Crazy, Insane, Never Gonna Happen Idea to Help College Sports?

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For those of us who have been obsessed with college sports and watched enough of them to know there are problems in every sport, then you certainly have some brilliant idea that you feel could help the sport.  And you undoubtedly have been made fun of for your crazy idea as well.  Which, if you are like me, just makes you that much more entrenched in this idea.

So I want to know what your idea is.  What is your idea, sometimes completely out of the box, sometimes just flat out crazy and with no chance of ever happening, that you truly feel could help?


What is relegation?  No, it doesn’t mean more rules.  This mimics what they do with the English Premier League in England.  It rewards teams in lower divisions who have great success and punishes teams in the upper division who have terrible seasons.  What is does is create a mentality that no matter how small your team, you always have a chance to play with the big boys for the big title.  You are not stuck in the lower divisions forever.  And if you are a big boy already, you can’t get comfortable that your place is guaranteed.

I think this would make college football awesome!

Step 1: You would need to pair up the major college football conferences with the lower tier conferences.  Something like this:

SEC — Sun Belt
Big 10 — Mid-American
Big 12 — Conference USA
Pac 12 — Mountain West
(Sorry independents, pick a conference!)

Step 2: The top 2 teams each year in the lower tier conference would be elevated into the major conference while the bottom 2 teams in the major conference would be relegated.  So for instance, if you took the 2017 college football results you would have this:

UCF and Memphis move up into ACC, Syracuse and North Carolina move down to AAC
Florida Atlantic and North Texas move into Big 12, Kansas and Baylor move into Conference USA
Toledo and Akron move into Big 10, Illinois and Indiana move into MAC
Boise and Fresno State move into Pac 12, Oregon State and Colorado move into Mountain West
Troy and App State move into SEC, Tennessee and Arkansas move into Sun Belt

Why would this be great?  Seeing fanbases of these schools being relegated absolutely freak out.  Can you imagine how Knoxville would burn if they were moving into the Sun Belt?  But another great thing is it makes games between the bad teams mean something at the end of the season.  That Tennessee-Vanderbilt or Indiana-Maryland game at the end of the year actually turns into a very important game.

Step 3: Limit teams ability to schedule non-conference games to at most 2 years out

Because the conferences will be changing shape every year, no more of this scheduling non-conference games 5-6 years out.  At most you can schedule 2 years out and if that scheduled game ends up conflicting with a conference shift, you are able to reschedule.

So, of course this is never going to happen and the reason is simple: MONEY.  The mediocre teams in big conferences cash in big time, Kentucky included, by the success of their conference powers.  They would never sign off on such a plan and would likely riot if it came to pass.  But from a fan perspective, this plan would make college football infinitely better.  It would solve this issue of haves and have nots.  It would make ALL games matter.  And it would spread the money out a little more.

That’s my crazy idea.  What’s yours?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

18 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What’s Your Crazy, Insane, Never Gonna Happen Idea to Help College Sports?

  1. TJY
    10:10 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Mine isn’t just for college but WNBA as well. I think we should follow Volleyball’s lead (lower net for women than men) and have women play on 9 foot goals. With 9 foot goals, we could bring the alley oop and posterizing dunks to the women’s game. I think this would bring in viewers which would bring in sponsors, which will in turn bring a better product for all to watch.

  2. ukkatzfan
    10:11 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Mine involves MLB when AL plays NL during the season. When team visits they bring their game for home team to see. When AL visits NL, Dh would be used and visa-versa. That way fans would get to see other teams system. Nl fans would get to see the good dh and Al fans could see their pitcher hit. Just think how good it would for the Angels fans if they could see Ohtani bat…..ok, bad example.

    • Wade
      10:32 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

      Do away with intentional walks and just hit somebody with a breaking ball. It shows pitchers are suffering and looking for an easy out when they walk people. well that just makes people comfortable at the plate and takes away time from a long game and maybe a little smack talk and bench clearing happens once in a while and people want to see action in baseball. Also maybe a rule that if it’s a full count you can only throw fastballs. That would be fun either you get hammered or you get gassed by the heater. Mine ain’t great but I saw the Oregon sta and nc World Series game and it was 6-3 nc up and they started walking people and bases got loaded a few times and went on a run. Maybe if a guy was pegged that never happens to nc and Oregon stays on there heels a bit instead Oregon won 11- 6 I think it was late and I was watching with one eye opened. But I like the WNBA thing a lot with the 9 ft goal it is genius.

  3. Rowdy TX CAT
    10:19 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    How about a 3pt line in soccer, and eliminate the offside call.

    • bluetide
      10:35 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

      Eliminating offsides would make soccer really boring as you would just have cherry pickers hanging back all the time and defense would be completely unable to stop it and defend on their side of the pitch.

      A 3 pt line is fascinating tho I’d make it a 2 pt line. That would definitely give long striking teams like Brazil an advantage but they would have to make a decision on the cost of that because you can be turning over the ball had a much higher clip that way.

    • Mathlete
      11:08 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

      I love the 2 point goal idea! The line could just be the existing goal box, since it’s tough (but not impossible) to hit from that far outside, and the defense has plenty of time to move up to reduce your shooting angles at that distance. A 2-point goal option would also stretch the field out more and force defenses to do more than just stack up bodies in the box, plus it would keep games interesting much longer if it’s a 2-score game instead of basically just running out the clock for 20 minutes when you’re up

    • MoreheadCatFan
      12:07 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      Would replacing soccer’s current offside rule with an offside line, like the blue line in hockey, be any better?

  4. Jgoodman1988
    10:21 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Bring the power play to college sports other than hockey. Technical foul and your down a man for a few mins. Unnecessary roughness and that position group is down a man for a few. Would definitely make things interesting.

  5. JTHinton
    10:43 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Eliminate “fouling out” in hoops and one and ones; each foul is automatically in the bonus, 3 shots once a team gets past ten fouls. And a pro/rel system is college b-ball would be AWESOME!!!

  6. JTHinton
    10:45 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Also, BTI, what’s ironic about that EPL prediction photo you used is that West Ham, Watford, and Leicester not only didn’t relegate, but West Ham were 6th (ahead of predicted champion Chelsea, plus Everton and Liverpool) and Leicester won the league!

  7. ukjaybrat
    10:48 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    i like the idea of relegation, but it’s not as simple as just matching conferences. because there is very little parity in college sports and it’s virtually impossible to determine who deserves to move up and who deserves to move down. a tough schedule could end up moving a decent team down while letting a team that played a bunch of cream puffs to take it’s place. not really the spirit of the rule.

    also, relegation makes less sense for college sports because of the dynamic nature of the teams. those teams that are good enough to move up are probably just full of seniors. what’s going to happen? move them up and then they suck immediately because all their players left. In professional sports, talent comes and goes, but not at the rate they do in college sports. Teams get better because one or two players and/or coaching changes.

  8. Mathlete
    10:57 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Eliminate flopping in basketball by always calling blocking fouls unless the offensive player visibly pushes off or otherwise strikes the defender. Shooters would then have to find a way to play through the contact or kick out to a teammate for a better shot. Defenders would have to try to block the shot or box out somebody for the rebound, but they couldn’t just try to stand in the way and try to draw a charge.

    You’d need to loosen up the ability of defenders to leap to encourage more blocked shots. That would just become a no-call if it’s body on body contact or the defenders’ arms/legs don’t touch the shooter.

  9. Sentient Third Eye
    11:23 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    The Four-Point Half-Court Shot.

    Nuff said.

  10. ukcamel
    11:33 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    I feel like adding relegation to other sports is just the most lukewarm idea at this point – it’s the pumpkin spice latte of sports ideas. I also don’t understand why anyone in the top-tier conferences would agree to it either, and I for one would hate to have rivalries disrupted by relegation.

    The better idea is to split up college sports more. Div. 1A football should be ~60 teams, then have a larger Div. 1AA. You could then set up recruiting rules designed for each class of schools. Maybe even allow a stipend to the players at the D1A schools.

    Basketball could have more 1A teams, like the Big East, but Winthrop and UK shouldn’t be competing for the same national title.

  11. ukcamel
    11:42 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    My other idea is to remove Vandy and Mississippi State from the SEC. They each offer nothing, especially Vanderbilt. We don’t need two teams in any state (Auburn and Bama is ok because both have huge following and win). Then we can add either UVA or Va. Tech and NC State. Or we can add Notre Dame. The first two would expand the SEC to the entire southeast. ND would obviously be a boom with their national/Catholic following.

  12. UK_Finchy
    11:42 am June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Not accepting comments on the paid press release above this post I see. Smart move.

  13. krispdyer
    12:16 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    First: Make FBS college football a true playoff like the other football divisions. There are, I believe, 10 FBS conferences. If you win your conference or conference championship game, you are in the playoff, period. A selection committee would then choose the remaining 6 at-large bids as in basketball. That way, every conference champion gets a legitimate chance in a tournament (i.e. South Florida) and any reasonable person would acknowledge that the true champion would be one of these 16 teams.

    Second: Split season in baseball (see John Smoltz’s suggestion). Play slightly fewer games and give every team a reset after the all-star break. Hopefully expand the playoff field as baseball has too few playoff teams (6 really, but 10 including two, one-game wildcard eliminations) relative to the other sports: football (12), basketball (16) and hockey (16).

  14. bdub1377
    9:43 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    4 major/super conferences in football AND basketball. And then 4 minor conferences. Each would have 18 teams with 2 divisions of 9. In football each team would play 8 division games then must play 1 team from each of the other 3 conferences. The last game would be allowed for a major team to play a minor or FCS team and minor teams can play FCS too.