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  1. How many different shades of blue are the Chargers going to wear this year?
  2. Also re: Devils -- the adidas stuff about the Newark team from the 30's, the scouts and Rockies is crap. The organization by and large has disowned the KC and Colorado years. When ever the team talks about team records it always dates back to 1982 and when the team relocated to NJ.
  3. To understand the Devils fans reaction to the uniform change you have understand a lot of the off ice changes that have gone on the last few years. When Lou Lamoriello ran the team for more than a generation he ran it in a very traditional fashion much like the Canadiens or Boston Celtics. Part of that was to build traditions. Some of that was silly like no facial hair rules and no high numbers unless you were a star. On the otherside when it came to the uniforms they kept a traditional approach. One a few teams to never have a permanent third jersey. In fact when it came to the Reebok edge changes a decade ago they were basically the only non-original 6 team to keep their uniform design. The fans embraced this. In fact after moving to Newark the team built a really fun fan environment circa 2011 through 2013. After that season the team was sold. While everyone admits on the ice changes needed to be made, the new ownership group has implemented a lot of off ice changes that have alienated much the fan base. Much of the in-game arena presentiation was changed to try to prevent fans from doing similar chants that you heard in Nashville this year and make it more "family friendly." They threatened season ticket holders for putting extra tickets on stubhub. They have also forced out many long time people associated with the organization. And more... seemingly any and everything associated with the team prior to the ownership change has been done away with. Instead of leaning on the traditions to keep people connected to the team during an on ice downturn, they have seemingly done everything to drive people away. now to tonight and the uniforms. The ownership has taken the most traditional and guarded aspect of the team (their look from when they won 3 cups and 5 conference championships) and changed it to what looks like a cheap knockoff version. It not only is a backlash against the design, but also ownership.
  4. No there are at 14 for football, 15 for the other sports. Notre Dame is in the conference for all but football (and hockey of course)
  5. That will be the move that will put the final nail in the BE's coffin. Boise did the right thing by staying and the move put the MWC into the position where the BE used to stand in. Exactly. I think Boise State was very smart staying put. And you are right, the Big East is dead... If so where are the other 10 teams that are either scheduled or in the conference already going to go? Conference USA has already backfilled so for the schools planning on joining it probably isn't in their interest to go back vs sticking it out with the others. Yes, the big East isn't what it was, but neither is CUSA. The new Big East is still better than the new CUSA. The best options for the those schools is to stick together as an 10 team all sports conference. They do probably need to work to keep the Texas schools because they could get MWC invites, but if they keep them the conference should be as good as the MWC and compete for the Gang of 5 slot. Finally, in said scenario that conference might not be the Big East because they could sell the name off to the catholic schools, but it will likely remain as a conference.
  6. Here are two types of conferences, those with a network and those without. Each have different aims in expansion. For the network conferences the aim is to expand into new markets witha lot of tv sets. Those without it is to fortify the conference in hopes you can increase rights fees to keep up. Those with are Big Ten, SEC (in the works), and Pac-12. Those without are the ACC, Big 12 and the "Gang of Five" Now I think after the ACC added ND as a partial the Big Ten saw them taking steps to becoming a network conference, that may have prevented them from expanding east as their plan and their was a sense of urgency to add UMD and Rutgers. I don't think there is that urgency anywhere else now so I don't think anything will happen soon. I think the SEC will expand once the network is up running and operating in the black. As for the Big12, they aren't a network conference so they have to worry about splitting the pie. Though adding FSU and Clemson (and maybe others) and getting back a championship game may be too lucrative if they see themselves getting outpaced by the Big Ten and SEC. Again though that could be a couple of years down the road. Yes, but it won't happen. ND could have joined the Big East in 2003 and Miami, VT and BC would still be there. They could have joined full time a year or so ago and Pitt and Cuse wouldn't have left. They could have joined the ACC in full allowing the conference to also add Rutgers so the conference could have started a network and MD likely would not have left. They aren't joining full time.
  7. Which as a Maryland fan would be dumb to bring them back right away. They need to look at this like an investment. They need to sink the extra Big Ten money into the revenue sports and get them to the point where they are producing enough revenue. The you can think about brining back and adding sports.
  8. I think that might be part of this. Also interesting that the Big Ten has a tie to the new orange bowl, but they and the SEC set it up where in years the Sugar and Rose host semifinals those conference champs (or replacements) won't go to the Orange instead. Had they done that then the Orange might have been set up of ACC v SEC one year, ACC v Big Ten next year, and then orange hosting semi. That would have put it on par money wise most likely with the Rose and Sugar Bowls. Instead worth $25 million less. The politics of realignment and the manuevering is fascinating.
  9. If Rutgers leaves the Big East will be left with one original member of the football side if the conference, Temple....who was previously kicked out,
  10. Espn reporting Maryland in negotiations with Big 10. If they move Rutgers would join them. If that happens I would hope Big 10 switch to an east west division luneup so both get out in the same division as Penn St. ACC expansion basically ended home and home for the Terps with Duke and UVA. That and the added money of the Big 10 might let them move.
  11. The ACC is not expanding unless ND decides later on to join for football then it will most likely be Rutgers IMO. 15 teams with a full conference tournament can work easily in basketball (you play 4 teams twice everyone else once). There is no need to go to 16 for Basketball and the Olympics sports. 15 teams with a short schedule does not work for football you need a 16 to make it work (4 rotaing pods making up the divisions). I do think down the road ND will have to join fully. Then the ACC will move for team 16. Forecasting my guess would be Rutgers. Football program is as food as UConn, it is a better TV market with a larger population (stronger precense in both NYC and Philly), and better recruiting area for both football and basketball. At this point the ACC does not need anohter basketball program (and who knows what UConn basketball will be like post Calhoun and the coming sanctions). It will almost strictly a media market decision as a move to 16 full time members (with ND being one) would be about creating an ACC Network IMO. But that is at least 8 years down the road when the first college football playoff tv contract expires (I could see ND giving up independece if a conference champ gets an autobid to a playoff opening up a possible easier path than need to win 11 or 12 games)
  12. Many people have said it, but Penn State under Paterno the last 20 years have basically been a cult. It has the classic cult profile. -Main campus located on a large piece of land out in the middle of nowhere away from other major population centers? Check -Campus used to house impressionable young people who are taught to worship a (then) living figure? Check. -Use said devotion to perpetrate despicable crimes by one of the cult leaders that the other cult leaders proceed to cover up? Check -Cult members become insular and protective of cult leaders, when outside authorities come in to investigate and punish for said crimes? Check All the classic signs. Hell they even had a painted mural of Paterno with a halo over his head, when he was still living. So of course Penn Staters are acting like this. They have been brainwashed. Basically Penn State fans right now are the same as Scientologist.
  13. Yes, as well as Michigan, Ohio St., Maryland, Rutgers, Va Tech, Virginia and other schools in the region. If players can transfer freely without sitting out it is free game.
  14. 1. They aren't getting the "death penalty" 2. If they would get said penalty, the team would still exist I believe, they just can't play games 3. I guess in theory (I'm sure Penn State can have a club team regardless of the varsity state), but club teams can't hand out scholarships so I don't see the point you are thinking of
  15. CBS Sports reporting a $30-60 million fine will part of the sanctions. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/19632027/ncaa-to-sanction-penn-state-source-says-school-may-prefer-death-penalty
  16. Well the AD, VP, are already charged with perjury and failure to report. The former Pres may also be looking at those charges as well. As for the NCAA the penalties better be severe. You can't leak out that the penalties are unprecidented and "never seen anything like this" and they be toothless like the USC penalties. That makes the NCAA worse. But then again the NCAA is delusional and would probably do that. Penalties probably need to be a significant scholarship reductions for the next 5+, post-season ban for at least 8 years, and a tv ban for duration of penalties. If you aren't going to shut down the program you have to at least give them a tv ban. Also make the, fork over 75% or more of the gate reciepts during this period to a fund for the victims families or a child service nonprofit that deals with abused children. Finally, direct NCAA oversight of compliance at Penn State for the next 10 years and a full investigation of any violations that may have occured during the Paterno era. That I could live with no death penalty. As I said before PSU grew into a football cult that enabled Paterno and company to gain the power to let something like this happen. The supporters of the program need to be punished and crippling the program does that. I think if the PSU people had not reacted like they did there wouldn't be this push for NCAA penalties. The leaders at Penn State going to jail and Paterno dieing in shame would be enough. But the actions have shown that Penn State needs a complete culture change. You do that by killing/crippling the program going forward.
  17. This there are a lot of moving parts to this that will take time. First up is the Department of Education and what it will do to Penn State. They could in theory pull all federal funding to the school and Penn State would risk losing its accreditation (the DOE's version of the death penalty). Obviously the school will do anything to avoid that result, including killing the football program on its own if need be. So it may depending on how hard the feds push first. The NCAA is another slow mover. I would imagine the NCAA is going to look further than this to see if any other violations of their own occurred during the Paterno era. If you can attempt to cover this up, covering up little NCAA stuff goes on without a thought. Finally, there are negotiations that will have to take place if Penn State voluntarily suspends the program for a time being (very possible at this stage, school probably needs a culture change). Obviously you have to ensure players can transfer without having to sit out a year (to be fair to them), then you have to negotiate the out for games schedule and figure out how the conference will handle things. The Big Ten probably has to negotiate with the NCAA to keep the championship game (and if not get ready for conference realignment talk). So a lot of moving parts. Of course if the program does have to be shut down, it needs to happen soon. I don't think it would be in anyone's interest in that situation for a a Penn State team to take the field this year. That would never in a million years happen because of this. They're not going to turn State College into a ghost town, they're not going to do that to a school with close to 100,000 students. I know that. The can use the threat though
  18. BTW, I am not surprised by the Penn Staters reaction. I remember in high school attending a Penn State informational session for college. For about half the presentation the woman talked about Joe Paterno. The school needs a culture change.
  19. This there are a lot of moving parts to this that will take time. First up is the Department of Education and what it will do to Penn State. They could in theory pull all federal funding to the school and Penn State would risk losing its accreditation (the DOE's version of the death penalty). Obviously the school will do anything to avoid that result, including killing the football program on its own if need be. So it may depending on how hard the feds push first. The NCAA is another slow mover. I would imagine the NCAA is going to look further than this to see if any other violations of their own occurred during the Paterno era. If you can attempt to cover this up, covering up little NCAA stuff goes on without a thought. Finally, there are negotiations that will have to take place if Penn State voluntarily suspends the program for a time being (very possible at this stage, school probably needs a culture change). Obviously you have to ensure players can transfer without having to sit out a year (to be fair to them), then you have to negotiate the out for games schedule and figure out how the conference will handle things. The Big Ten probably has to negotiate with the NCAA to keep the championship game (and if not get ready for conference realignment talk). So a lot of moving parts. Of course if the program does have to be shut down, it needs to happen soon. I don't think it would be in anyone's interest in that situation for a a Penn State team to take the field this year.
  20. Well the ACC has already expanded to 14, just waiting on to find out when Pitt and Cuse can come over. My guess whatever the WVU-Big East settlement is will guide for those two.
  21. I'm pretty sure Arkansas would be Missouri's designated rival under the alignment proposal most touted. I would assume it would be TAM. Arkansas-Missouri would leave South Carolina-TAM as annual rivals. That doesn't fit. To be fair currently Arkansas-SC isn't a fit either, but they have been playing each other a while now. TAM and Mizzou would fit as they are coming from the same conference and thus have some history of playing each other the last 14 years.
  22. So Maryland is going to jump from the ACC, a conference it has been in for 50+ years to a conference that is even worse than the ACC for football and with the loss of Pitt and Syracuse is probably a worse basketball conference long-term. That means the tv money is going to be significantly less in the Big East, meaning they can't make Maryland an offer they can't refuse. That doesn't make sense. That conference is the definition of mid-major, which is a major reason the Big East teams are looking to get out now to begin with. If you are going to propose a solution for the Big East you have to understand why schools are looking to leave in the first place.
  23. You need someone to want to take you first. Rutgers being utterly inept historically at sports and the general lack of interest as a result in NJ has them looking in from the outside. Their only hope is that Notre Dame decides to leave and Rutgers rides their coat tails. Pitino is a New Yorker and he doesn't want to be in a conference without ties to the area as that is where he recruits to stronger. That said he has no say for Louisville. They see the ship sinking and with all the money they have dropped into their revenue programs in recently they will get on a Big XII lifeboat if they get a invite.
  24. Going from some Twitter reports, BYU is back in the running as favorite. They'll have to decide on 10 or 12 for next season. When they decide to go 12, it's expected that all those schools would be invited and probably would join. With TCU, they could only take 3 to get to 12. I would think Cincinnati is the last choice, but isn't BYU enjoying independence? However, this is somewhat respectable: East: WVU, Cincy, Louisville, Iowa St., Kansas, K-State West: TX Tech, Texas, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, Ok-State If this happens, doesn't Rutgers and UCONN go running to the ACC begging for a spot and then we say night night to Big East Football? Give the Mountain USA champion a BCS spot and maybe then this madness can stop. Then Big East basketball could merge with or take the good teams from the Atlantic 10 and have a beast of a basketball conference. And Notre Dame has a place to park its non-football sports. UConn and Rutgers are already running to the ACC. I don't think the ACC takes one of them unless they can get Notre Dame for all sports including football. And then i think it will be Rutgers that gets in despite the noise UConn is trying to make because of politics. As for Notre Dame if the Big East football blows up it has a problem on their hand. Scheduling and access to the East Coast. As part of their partial membership ND plays 4 Big East teams a year, no BE and those go away and need to be filled. Further with them going to 14 teams the ACC can play hardball with Notre Dame and say they are going to go to 9 conference games and need to drop a non-conference game and threaten to pull out of their scheduled games with ND. That is a couple more games ND then needs to fill. Further it basically takes away their access to the East Coast for the most part, which if you look at their roster they are dependent on. A significant chunk of their roster comes from the east coast. Also remember that NBC isn't paying ND just for ND games. They are paying them for the teams ND brings in to play. That is the reason why ND doesn't play that many games against non-AQ conference teams outside the service academies. So even a weaken Big East will hurt ND's pocket book when it comes to their NBC deal.
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