This is a really good idea. The so-called "Group of Five" would be smart to team up in a similar way to what I proposed for the B1G and Pac12. They could offer TV the coast-to-coast, time-zone-to-time-zone scheduling I had mentioned, and imagine if they implemented something like "Bracket Busters" for football where they all hold open the Saturday before Rivalry Week (which is always a weak slate in the major conferences) to pit their best teams against one another in cross-conference matchups determined in the week or so before.In the category of things that make too much sense to ever happen, assuming that the Big 12 does take Cincy, Houston and UCF from the AAC, instead of yet again going into the cascade of AAC stealing from CUSA, CUSA stealing from the Sun Belt and the Sun Belt scrounging for what’s left… those three conferences could get together and reorganize into something that makes a lot more sense.
Three proposed conferences made up of the remaining AAC schools, CUSA, Sun Belt and independents:
The New Big East:
North division - UMass, UConn, Army, Temple, Navy, Marshall
South division - Old Dominion, Liberty, E Carolina, Charlotte, App St, Coastal Carolina
The New SWC:
West division - SMU, N Texas, Rice, UTSA, UTEP, Texas St, NM St.
East division - Tulsa, Ark St, Tulane, LA Tech, ULA, LA-Monroe
The New Sun Belt:
South division - USF, FIU, FAU, GA Southern, S Alabama, Troy
North division - S Miss, GA St, UAB, W Kentucky, Memphis, MTSU
Those are also the main weekday players, so they could combine to their mutual advantage on that basis as well.
I mean, I'm not even sure Penny is a good enough coach to make good on the kind of recruiting he's doing, but whatever happens Memphis basketball has always been a really strong program. And I think they've actually won more football games in recent years than even UCF has.Penny isn't staying and Memphis's time on top will be extremely short-lived.
This is all perfectly legitimate, but I still have a hard time seeing it. But whatever happens with UCF, they are literally four states away from any other Big 12 school even with the proposed additions.But the thing is, while most of us weren't paying attention, UCF was becoming one of the biggest schools in the country. If given legitimacy, a few more solid seasons in a P5 conference can quickly compound into the next big thing in college football.
Don't think about the parts, think about the whole. That would be my advice to any conference commissioner in this moment.