Five-Step Drop: Little Guys Still Holding Out Hope
1. Utah is probably going to be off to the Pac-10 eventually, even if the initial reports of the move were premature. We do know Boise State already upgraded itself, too. Seemingly, this shuffling has caused schools from non-BCS conferences to start putting on their big boy hats and making cases for an upgrade.
Take North Texas. Yes, the Mean Green. UNT supporters believe the school has a good enough case to get into Conference USA.
It would appear the Mean Green isn't the only team longing for admission into the mighty C-USA, either, because Louisiana Tech is also spreading the word on its case for an upgrade from the WAC.
Well, there could be a spot to fight over if someone else gets their way ...
Because Houston wants out. Or in, rather. Houston believes it belongs in a BCS conference and even has a post from the president of the University on why. Maybe someone can get Larry Scott on the horn? I doubt the Pac-10 would bite, but the other options are non-existent. The Big 12 is closed, the SEC would die laughing and surely none of the others would have interest either. This isn't to say anything bad about Houston, it's just that the only conference that would make sense can't add anymore members due to a new revenue sharing plan.
Overall, it just seems like a lot of "grass is greener" type messages being put forth with a nice mix of wishful thinking. Not that there's anything wrong with that. We have to talk about something once the College World Series concludes.
2. Now that we've got most of the conference realignment behind us, how about diving into some Heisman hype videos? Go check out Oregon State's piece for junior running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
3. An interesting provision involving travel to Hawaii may force USC to cancel its season opener. Schools are allowed to schedule a 13th regular season game if traveling to Hawaii, but teams on probation are not permitted to do so. Hawaii's AD, Jim Donovan, however, believes the game is going to be allowed, since it was scheduled before any of the allegations against USC took place. He has a real vested interest, too, as Donovan reportedly said his school would lose out of more than a million dollars (an estimate he called "conservative") if the game is canceled. This is a tough one. You hate to penalize poor Hawaii, but USC doesn't really deserve an extra game, does it?
4. On a very sad note, East Carolina has lost assistant coach Thomas "Rock" Roggeman to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 47. We offer our deepest condolences to the Roggeman family and all of the coaching fraternity. It is far too young to pass on, but it sounds like Coach Roggeman packed a lot into those 47 -- and for that he is to be commended and remembered.
5. Finally, for those who enjoy conspiracy theories, Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has an absolute gem for you: Texas knew what it was doing all along and wanted everything to happen as it did to make more money. I love it, though there's about a 0.00001 percent chance it happened this way.