Thursday, May 30, 2013
3-point stance: Change ahead in SEC
By Ivan Maisel
1. Make no mistake -- the SEC will go to a nine-game conference schedule shortly. It won’t happen in 2014. And it’s not because Alabama coach Nick Saban wants it and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin doesn’t. As my SEC blogging colleague Chris Low explained Wednesday on the ESPNU College Football Podcast, SEC commissioner Mike Slive is for it. And in the long run, what Slive wants, the SEC gets. Most prominently, the College Football Playoff.
2. The family of the late Joe Paterno announced Wednesday night that it, too, is suing the NCAA regarding its punishment of Penn State, to which I say, the more the merrier. NCAA president Mark Emmert ignored NCAA procedure and rushed to the front of the parade of people who condemned the university. He depended on a rush job of a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh. The longer view has exposed Emmert’s rush to judgment as a textbook case of grandstanding. As if the NCAA didn’t have enough problems.
3. Colorado forced athletic director Mike Bohn to resign, and supposedly the university wants to hire a replacement who can raise the funds the Buffaloes need to catch up to the rest of the Pac-12 in the athletic arms race. Good luck -- the Colorado fan base has not been a generous one, at least by FBS standards, and the Buffs remain no better than a distant second behind the NFL's Denver Broncos in local fan interest. That Pac-12 Network money can’t start flowing soon enough.