Okay, time for links I just found interesting. Some related to Pitt. Some just about college football generally. Some of it stuff to put in the back of your mind for later:
Mike Morgan, a former Panther O-lineman is now the headcoach at Plum High School. He had been on Terry Smith’s staff at Gateway. He’s got work to do.
Morgan faces a major rebuilding job. Plum, which plays in the WPIAL’s ultra-competitive Class AAAA Southeastern Conference, has not won a game in nearly two years. The Mustangs will enter the season on a 16-game losing streak. Their previous win came against Kittanning in the second game of the 2011 season. A season ago, the Mustangs scored only 69 points and lost all but one of their games by at least 28 points.
Yeesh. Good luck, dude.
All this Division 4 talk has other conferences worried. The American is going to push for inclusion and — in every sense of the word I’d say — damn the cost.
The American Athletic Conference will likely push for inclusion if the power conferences break into a subdivision or so-called “Division 4,” commissioner Mike Aresco told CBSSports.com.
Aresco said he will expound on this topic at the conference’s media days in Newport, R.I., early next week, and he wants to know the parameters of a subdivision before discussing further with his presidents.
But on the surface, Aresco believes the American would fit certain criteria such as market size and long-term viability on the field.
“We want to compete at the highest level,” Aresco said.
Meanwhile at the conference with programs not good enough (or with enough of a media market) to make it to the American — that would be Conference USA — Southern Miss Coach Todd Monken was refreshingly blunt with his perspective.
“I would propose to [the power conferences] this: If you want to split off, let’s just do it that way, but you play each other, and you don’t get to play us then,” Monken said.
“Go ahead. See how you like that. See how you like the NFL rule and play each other every week. Coaches will be like ‘Whoa, hold on, wait a second now.’”
“Go ahead and do your deal — you guys split all the pie — but don’t go playing anyone else. You just play each other every week. Just have a nice NFL crossover where you play each other. Then when you fire up a nice 7-5, and you’re at a pretty good place and they fire you, they won’t be real excited about it, because you won’t have those games that they’ve been able to win. Plain and simple.”
“Some of those teams that get bowl eligible when they go 2-6 in their league and they go 6-6. Well, you’ll be 2-10, or 3-9, and it won’t feel so damn salty.”
Monken said the he also understands that the smaller schools offer themselves in a gambit.
“Schools at our level, until we get done prostituting ourselves are never going to really see those teams to come play you [at their home field],” he said.
Just read the whole thing. Rarely do you get to see a coach go off this honestly.
Sticking with the D4 conversation a little longer. The devil is in the details and it may not be as exclusive as first perceived.
This is impossible to answer right now. The Big 5 are likely to form a new tier — perhaps Division 4 or a “super division” — that creates an elite division of athletics still under the auspicious of the NCAA. Think of a scenario where a total of 12 to 15 conferences — about 150 schools — end up in this new subset of Division I.
The key difference will be in governance structure and greater rule flexibility. The Big 5 want change so their ability to pass legislation, especially to provide more for their student athletes, isn’t impeded by schools on radically different financial planes.
Think of a governance structure filled more with athletic directors and faculty instead of the current presidential-led Executive Committee. And the schools may end up with a structure similar fashion to the United Nations, where the “security counsel,” namely the Big 5, have final veto power after hearing from all parties.
A hypothetical: The Big 5 want a rule that they can provide training table for all their athletes year round. The Atlantic 10, which is under the same umbrella, says that it can’t afford that. The rules still passes and the A-10 simply doesn’t have to implement it.
Interesting. It means that it won’t be a confederation of simply football powers or even 1-A football schools. It will be key D1 conferences. Regardless of whether they are football schools. That’s good news for the Big East, A-10 and others. It makes sense. It’s not like the power 5 conferences want to close off those patsy 1-AA and bad 1-A games.
But what about the NCAA? Will the overall structure and the nearly 200 other programs classified as D1 just let this happen?
“I didn’t take issue with any of the general statements that were made by the commissioners,” Emmert said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Indianapolis Star. “I thought they were helpful and good contributions to the debate.”
The NCAA’s leadership — the executive committee and the D-I Board — will meet Aug. 8 in Indianapolis and begin discussing models for a drastically different way to govern the 348 schools in the association’s top division. Emmert said he expects significant changes to how the NCAA operates to be adopted within the next year.
At issue is the ability of the richest athletic programs — which attract the massive television rights fees — to set policy without the smaller D-I programs stopping them because of financial concerns.
“There’s one thing that virtually everybody in Division I has in common right now, and that is they don’t like the governance model,” Emmert said. “Now, there’s not agreement on what the new model should be. But there’s very little support for continuing things in the governing process the way they are today.”
Within the past week, Emmert sent a letter to all D-I presidents, athletic directors, commissioners, faculty athletic representatatives and senior woman administrators asking them to save the dates of Jan. 16 and 17 for “an important milestone in which your participation is crucial.” The meeting will be held at the same time as the NCAA’s annual convention in San Diego.
In the letter, Emmert called the “first-time Division I Governance Dialogue” a “critical meeting” that will cover “virtually every aspect of how Division I operates.”
“There’s a need to recognize there are Division I schools with $5 million athletic budgets and $155 million athletic budgets, and trying to find a model that fits all of them is the enormous challenge right now,” Emmert said.
Welcome to change.