The Changing Landscape Of College Football

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The Changing Landscape of College FootballDivision I college football, has always been an evolving sport. From the creation of the sport in the early twentieth century to the formation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1998, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has always prided itself on its ability to adapt the sport to modern day's expectations. But are the newest changes and shiftings of major collegiate athletic programs an adaptation in response to new modern day expectations, or a money driven push into a new era of the sport? Many powerful programs such as Texas Christian University, Syracuse University, and Pittsburgh University are abandoning their original regionally built conferences for ones with bigger television deals and BCS eligibility.Many critics argue that the future of college football is these new mega conferences while many abandoned divisions like the Big Twelve are fighting to pass stability programs (new programs in each conference dedicated to keeping teams happy and in their conference), to keep the sport divided the way it originally was. The new conferences with twelve or more teams offer more opportunities for expansion and monetary growth through merchandising and television exposure. Also twelve teams is the minimum requirement to have a conference championship game at the end of the year before bowl season starts. So is the future of college football fewer yet larger conferences, or will most teams stay in their regionally built conferences with their traditional rivalries and schedules?Recent Moves Made by TeamsThe past six months has seen a flurry of inter-conference changes between teams. In the spring of 2011, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Utah announced their intentions to leave the Big Twelve and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) respectively, and join the then Pac Ten conference. TCU announced its intentions shortly after to join the Big East conference and exit the WAC; the move is not scheduled to take place till the 2012 to 2013 season. David Lariviere reports that this past September 2011, more major moves were announced by prolific athletic programs. Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced their intentions to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). However, Syracuse and Pittsburgh have to give 27 months' notice to leave the Big East so this move won't take effect until probably September, 2014. The additions make the ACC a 14-team conference with five members pilfered from the Big East. Miami and Virginia Tech joined in 2004 and Boston College followed a year later. (2011).Reasons for the Moves, AnalyzedIn a recent press conference in which Syracuse addressed its intentions to join the ACC they gave a couple reasons as to why they want to make the change. David Lariviere reported that they stated the ACC had better Olympic programs for student athletes. Which is true, but why move hundreds of miles for better Olympic programs....

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