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By Dale Anderson
Sports Columnist 

Two more reasons

 

Last updated 7/18/2022 at 12:40pm



It’s amazing when a person retires and there is a holiday. When I was working I really looked forward to having the day off but when you’re retired it is seemingly just another day like all of the others except that some businesses are closed and the mail will be a day late. But that’s okay I’ve adapted quite nicely anyway.

You most likely heard the bombshell that UCLA and USC will be headed to the Big Ten in a couple of years. The payout for the two schools will be $80 million to play in the new 16 team conference. I wonder when they will finally change the logo. Or maybe just have the Big 10 logo with ‘To be continued’ at the end of it.

Now I can’t blame the two LA schools for the big yearly payouts but please don’t tell me this will help the student athletes be better academically. I must say one thing Covid helped students be more proficient at online education and with as much flying time and less classroom time the laptops will be a key to the college learning experience.

Last week the Pac 12 commissioner was talking about trying to get scheduling of football games so that each team will play each other home and away in a four year span. I think the present commissioner was blindsided by what the two LA schools did. But scheduling will be easier with 10 schools even though we know that there will be more than 10 schools down the road.

I saw a map of the new Big 10 and I’m wondering how much fun a weekend basketball trip to College Park, Maryland and New Brunswick, New Jersey will be. What great rivalries will start up on these road trips? The shortest trip that the 2 schools will make will still need to cross two time zones and the longest is three.

We’ve heard how this will affect the rest of the 10 schools in the west and I’m sure there is a bunch of scrambling going on to find a good fit for replacements. But in order to do that the conference will need to grab a team or two from other leagues in order to make that happen. We certainly aren’t happy unless our conference has all of the good teams from your conference. Wow…

I know that there are also some schools that are wondering if they might get invited to the mega conference and we can say that the University of Oregon and University of Washington were told that the Big 10 will be holding at 16 teams that is unless they can convince Notre Dame to stop being a football independent and in basketball leave the ACC but those negotiations are to be left to the imagination. But they could also be happening right now!!!

As a member of the baby boomer generation I remember when there was the Big 10 with 10 teams, the Big 8 with 8 teams, the Southwest Conference, SEC, Pac 8, WAC, ACC and the Big East. They all had good teams and it was fun when two powerhouse teams from opposing conferences played each other. There were bragging rights on the line but not anymore since a lot of those teams are now in the same conference. To me it is a bit murky and money is the thing that every college president is trying to grab. As well as the next great coach for the football or basketball team. I hope they are still doing research in the college of sciences.

We are still hopeful for WSU and Oregon State two schools that could be left out in the lurch. I’m sure Oregon and Washington put in a good word for them.

One thing I haven’t heard about is where the Rose Bowl will be in the years they don’t host a semi-final game for the national championship. We know that the Big 10 will have a spot but without the two LA schools will the Pac whatever it ends up to be have an invitation to play New Year’s Day in Pasadena?

I can honestly say that I have never been a fan of Big 10 sports of any kind and now that UCLA and USC are going to be members I have two more reasons to not like the conference.

 

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