As The College Football World Turns Vol. VI: London Bridge is Falling Down

October 28, 2011
by Justin

Welcome back to ATCFWT, the ultimate destination for all the college football drama of the week, provided exclusively to you by www.scoutme.com. In volume one (http://www.scoutme.com/football/as-the-world-turns-the-soap-opera-of-conference-realignment/) we weighed in on conference realignment, while in two (http://www.scoutme.com/football/as-the-world-turns-lunch-time-politics-volume-ii-2/) and three (http://www.scoutme.com/football/as-the-world-turns-vol-iii-the-school-of-hard-knocks/) updated you about new developments. Volume four (http://www.scoutme.com/football/as-the-college-football-world-turns-vol-iv-musical-chairs/) was highlighted with the possibility of Boise State playing for the Big East, and last week’s volume (http://www.scoutme.com/football/as-the-college-football-world-turns-vol-v-revenge-of-the-nerds/) provided more insight about the developments from the prior week in college football’s soap opera.

 

The NCAA Reigns Supreme

The NCAA has decided to make some major changes as of Thursday. As early as June 2012 the NCAA will allegedly be relaxing contact regulations, which means that coaches will be able to contact their prospects year around without limitations, after an athlete’s sophomore year. The NCAA has also approved schools adding $2000 to athletic scholarships. Aside from this upgrade, NCAA institutions will be able to award scholarships for multiple years; scholarships currently are awarded on an annual basis and they usually only cover tuition, room and board, and books. In another major decision, the NCAA also agreed to ban schools from postseason play if they don’t meet academic requirements. The bans will not be enforced until 2012-2013.

 

Les Miles State University

Quirky, grass-eating football coach Les Miles has dealt with his share of drama this season. He’s had to suspend his starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson for a bar fight, that almost garnered him felony assault charges. He’s had to suspend several players including Thorpe hopeful Tyrann Mathieu for consuming synthetic marijuana also. Despite all of this controversy, the LSU Tigers are still the number one college football team and are poised to finally shake the Nick Saban curse, when they battle against Alabama the first week of November. This is hyped up to be the biggest college football game of the year. I can’t wait to see what happens.

 

I’ll See Your Mizzou and I’ll Raise You a West Virginia

With Missouri’s departure from the Big 12 to the SEC West all but written in stone, West Virginia, the best college football school in the Big East, had just been invited to the Big 12. This is the second instance (Texas Christian University) of the Big 12 playing dirty pool and stealing the best football team available from a smaller college conference. This move will be great for the Big 12 who hopes to stay a big player on college football’s national scene. On the flip side, this is horrible news for the Big East who will be down to only five football-playing teams. Their hope is to bring seven new football teams to stop any whisper of them losing their automatic BCS bid.

 

The Big Eastern and Western Mountain Conference of the USA

The Big East has another option; join with the ever-growing, football super conference already comprised of the Mountain West and Conference USA. The idea has been thrown around and looks to be a possible option for the Big East, who has watched their conference’s football credibility, get flushed down the toilet.

 

This is the most excited I’ve ever been about college football. With the development of super-conferences, it looks like we are on our way to a playoff people!!! Well, It’s about that time that get off my soapbox, but I’ll be back next week. Until the drama of college football dies, this is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.

 

 

Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for Scoutme.com. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle and all of his work can be found at http://www.scoutme.com/.  

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