Liberty Upgrades to FBS: How it Happened and What it Means

By: Mike Davis Liberty will upgrade to FBS starting in the 2018 season. While FCS members upgrading to FBS has become almost routine, the LU case is quite unusual. Liberty has long been one of the strongest expansion candidates for G5 conferences looking to add an FCS member. Liberty was the first FCS institution to…

Will the Big 12 Add Another Texas School?

By: Mike Davis One of the major talking points I often see in Big 12 expansion discussions is the notion that a fifth Texas school is a non-starter for the Big 12. While the reasons against adding a Texas school are obvious, there are also a number of reasons that make such an addition favorable….

Is There a Feud Between the ACC and the Big Ten?

By: Mike Davis With the recent vote by the NCAA allowing the Big 12 to host a conference championship game (CCG), one of the biggest offseason questions is now put to bed. However the way in which the vote was carried out exposed a number of other issues. One of these issues was the political…

Visual Tool to Understand 1981-2017 Conference Realignment

By: Mike Davis I have expand the data from my last post to include conference realignment moves all the way back to 1981. I created the following pictures to better explain/visualize the conference realignment moves of 1981 to 2017. I recommend clicking on the images for larger view. I also made a gif version in the…

Visual Tool to Understand 1991-2017 Conference Realignment

By: Mike Davis I have expand the data from my last post to include conference realignment moves from 1991. I created the following pictures to better explain/visualize the conference realignment moves of 1991 to 2017. I recommend clicking on the images for larger view. I also made a gif version in the first image. Follow @sportspolitico…

Visual Tool to Understand 2010-2017 Conference Realignment

By: Mike Davis I created the following pictures to better explain/visualize the conference realignment moves of 2010 to 2017. I recommend clicking on the images for larger view. I also made a gif version in the first image. Links (1) (2) (3) Follow @sportspolitico Send us an Email: sportspolitico@gmail.com © sportspolitico™ December 23, 2015 Like what…

Despite Boren’s Wishes, the Big 12 is Not Expanding

By: Mike Davis David Boren, President of The University of Oklahoma stirred the pot on realignment by reiterating his stance that the Big 12 should expand to twelve teams. He also criticized Texas for the Longhorn Network without specifically mentioning it by name. College administrators have stirred this pot in the past by commenting (1) on conference…

Will a Grant of Rights Protect the Big 12 From Future Raids?

By: Mike Davis Currently the Big 12 Conference sits at the center of conference realignment discussion. The conference is widely seen as the weakest link within the Power Five (P5) due to its smaller size, and recent history of instability. Proponents of the Big 12 will point to its “Grant of Rights” (GOR) agreement as…

FBS Split: What a Division IV Breakaway Could Look Like

Authors Note: If you are looking for a brief summary of this article, I recommend scrolling down and looking at the graphics first. You can click on each image for a larger view. This is Part I of an eight-part article. The other parts are linked below: Part I: Intro Part II: Why G5 schools…

Why G5 schools will be included in Division IV

This is Part II of an eight-part article. The other parts are linked below: Part I: Intro Part II: Why G5 schools will be included in Division IV Part III: Why Larger Conferences is the Way to Go Part IV: Building the Big Ten Part V: Building the SEC Part VI: Independence Based Conference Scheduling…