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A series of events over the last 18 months—some unforeseeable—have created a perfect storm that will change college sports forever. The NCAA's bait an…
Jul 14th, 2022 | 1:05:03

126: Conference Realignment 2.0: “What Hath [University Presidents] Wrought?”

The dominoes are in place. How many will fall? This episode examines the big-picture implications of the most recent Power 5 backstab. As is often the case in college sports, past is prologue. The evolution and influence of the television era in college sports towers over the values of higher education and the “integrity of college sports.” Say goodbye to collegiality, respect for conference contracts, geographical boundaries, and the “athlete voice.” We are witnessing the logical endpoint of Board of Regents and the avarice it inspired. The SEC’s and Big Ten’s imperial march through the remaining inventory of big-time college football products was inevitable. The wreckage left behind may prove difficult to repair.