3-point stance: Conference consolidation

1. In 2004, we had 63 schools spread among six major conferences. In 2014, we will have 63 schools spread among five major conferences, the Big East having morphed into Conference USA. That’s not realignment. That’s consolidation. Five conferences split the big TV money instead of six. But the number of schools sharing that money remains the same. Did losing the Big East name in football really result in more money for the other leagues? Could it be that simple?

2. Mark Stoops becomes the head coach at Kentucky, and perhaps the Stoops family will become the first with three brothers to coach FBS football. Bob Stoops has won 148 games (and counting) at Oklahoma. Mike Stoops won 41 games as head coach at Arizona from 2004-11. At 189 wins, the Stoops brothers are barely halfway to the 362 victories of Vince and Bill Dooley.

3. The Big Ten handed out its four major awards Tuesday. Two went to Ohio State (Braxton Miller and John Simon as Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively) and two went to Penn State (Deion Barnes and Bill O’Brien as Freshman and Coach of the Year, respectively). If schools aren’t eligible for the postseason, why are their players and coaches eligible for awards? Don’t get me wrong. If they deserve the awards, they should get them. It’s just an arbitrary place to draw the line.