Yesterday, I listened to Geoff Sheen, one of the few non-clowns on local sports talk radio. While San Antonians find him annoying, Sheen has often brought up topics not discussed around these parts. Sheen discussed the Big 12 conference commissioner, Bob Bowlsby and his grievances against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s management of college football. Bowlsby even slightly hinted at secession:
We haven’t wanted to put the threat of secession on the table and I think, in all honesty, there aren’t many that think it’s a legitimate threat.
Sheen also noted the Atlantic Coast Conference’s commissioner, John Swofford had openly contemplated what a breakaway by the five major conferences would mean to the NCAA. The SEC’s Mike Slive discussed a more strident move away from college sports governing body.
Each of the commissioners believes the right thing to do for college revenue sports is to provide players a stipend to include the full cost of student-athletes going to school.
I know a person who has a student-athlete on scholarship in a nationally-known school in the western half of the United States. He said the scholarship is not nearly enough to send their child to college. He has to come out of pocket for expenses; fortunately he had saved enough to cover it. He either has to drive hundreds of miles to their child’s events, or fly to the location with his family.
Big time college sports, i.e., football, is so big, they could go off on their own. They do not want to finance college sports for the so-called mid-majors. The college football superpowers claim they are stuck with schools trying to climb the ladder into Division I sports:
I think we’ve permitted or even sometimes encouraged institutional social climbing by virtue of their athletics programs, and I think the fact is we’ve made it too easy to get into Division I and too easy to stay there.
Okay, I get it. The true superpowers in Division I sports are tired of supporting the ones making less money. But they always seem happy to play them when it means an easy game and a huge payday.
UTSA, one of those ladder-climbing schools, plays in the San Antonio Alamodome. They managed to get Oklahoma State to come and play here. There’s no doubt money played a part in it, but UTSA is a different animal. They play in a major market. Meanwhile, there’s a team called Texas State, up in San Marcos. They are in Division I as well. There’s no reason for them to be playing Division I football other than UTSA was in the same conference and they don’t want to be left behind.
I suspect Texas State will get the opportunity to go to play Texas University or Oklahoma as a road sacrifice.