First off, I must say nice work by the Detroit Tigers to lock up Prince Fielder; he’s an excellent way to protect Miguel Cabrera with Victor Martinez down for the year, or so I’ve heard.
Now onto the conference realignment; ESPN is reporting that Navy will join the Big East Conference in 2015 (espn.com). The commissioner of the Big East says that, “It’s a marriage our membership has longed for for many, many years,” and this is quite honestly a load of crap (espn.com). Navy does not bring in a big market, and while their team is occasionally competitive, this is not the situation the Big East ever wanted to run into. It all started in 2003 when Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami all left the Big East for the ACC, and since then the Big East has never been the same (acc.com).
Personally, I really hate all of the new developments that have been going on in college football, everyone is chasing the money at this point, and the BCS should drop the Big East’s automatic bid to a BCS bowl game. Any conference that has Central Florida, South Florida, San Diego State, and Navy in it, does not deserve an automatic bid whatsoever. No offense to those schools, but they’re not exactly football powerhouses. This new Big East Conference bodes well for Boise State though, and I would have to assume that if the Big East keeps their automatic bid, that Boise State will be representing the Big East in the BCS for the next 5-10 years. If the BCS was no longer around, then there wouldn’t be so many teams changing conferences to try to make more money for their schools; but that is an entirely different issue.
I cannot in good conscience support Boise State traveling across the country for each road game that they have to play, and I think the college football landscape would be better if teams stayed in more regional conferences. In a perfect world, I think that Boise State would fit in perfectly into the Big 12, but the Big 12 will just make some excuse about Boise, Idaho not being a good television market. Realistically the teams that control the conference (i.e. Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State) do not want more competition in the conference than they already have.
The bottom line is, if the BCS was no longer around teams would not jump ship from their current conferences so quickly. It should be noted that just under two years ago Boise State left the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West Conference (espn.com), and it begs the question; what will it take for the BCS to be destroyed and stop this nonsense?