Tuesday Tidbits two-fer
Because ZOMG! Conference Realignageddon!
Start your reading with Rock M Nation’s “Portraits of Conference Realignment“. As a sample, we offer Turner Gill (right):
1) Transform the University of Buffalo from losers to MAC Champions.
2) Leave for the University of Kansas and the chance to coach a BCS level team.
3) Transform the University of Kansas from losers to MAC Champions.
I think it’s a good move for the Atlantic Coast Conference, and a good move for the two schools. I would imagine Syracuse and Pitt moving into the ACC would not only be a big asset to them football wise, it can’t hurt their basketball. Those people have good basketball programs.
The problem you have right now, as I look at it anyway, is things are changing and you’re not really sure what’s going to happen. I don’t know where we’re going to end up. There might be some speculation that Penn State maybe ought to get into something different or we ought to go out and try to get some people from the East Coast to come into the Big Ten.
Tomorrow’s headline: Paterno: “Penn State … ought to get into something different”. That’s how over-the-top I thought some of the predictions were. At least, until things really got going a few days ago. Now, who knows; maybe we’ll all be talking about Penn State to the PAC-12 in a week.
Nate Silver, formerly of FiveThirtyEight.com and now blogging for the New York Times, took a look at several data sets in an attempt to estimate the number of fans for each program. While there are a number of assumptions built in, his numbers seem generally reasonable. Of local interest, EMU (as expected) has the smallest fan base in the MAC, ranking ahead of only Utah State and San Jose State nationally, however, the Eagles have only 616 fewer fans than Central Michigan! With one good season for EMU, and one bad season for Central Michigan, the Eagles could pass the Chippewas.
An impromptu roundtable at Hustle Belt considered what all this means for the MAC.
thechuck_2112 – …although I expect the MAC may pick up a team or two in this shuffle, I really do hope it doesn’t fundamentally alter the character of the conference. Part of what’s fun growing up in Ohio (and probably Michigan, too) is that you know kids from your high school who went to each of the other MAC schools in the state, which adds some fun to the games, at least in my opinion. That’s not going to be the same if Rutgers or someone comes in; Temple and UMass are already a stretch (though I suppose the addition of Rutgers would help Temple and UMass students in a way similar to what I described above).
What changes to the MAC would you like to see as conference realignment runs its course? While you’re pondering that, take a break and play Conference Realignment Choose Your Own Adventure.