THESE AREN'T ROTATING PODS, I'm not sure I can say it any clearer...
EVERY YEAR the East will be TX/OK/Mtn/AZ and the West will be LA/SF/OR/WA.
Each will play their pod members and two from their in division pod every year, they just won't play the other two...until next year the East and West divisions stay the same EVERY YEAR, NO ROTATING. You guys all have good arguments, but it negates the facts.
The WAC was really REALLY bad, I get it but it rotated the divisions which made it confusing much like the ACC zipper does, but this does not do that. The WAC also split long time rivals and broke up series that had been regularly played for years. I looked up all the "in conference" rivalries in the PAC16 so here you go...
USC-Stanford and UCLA
UCLA- UCLA and Cal
Cal- Stanford and UCLA
Stanford- USC and Cal
Washington-Washington St and Oregon
Washington St- Oregon St and Washington
Oregon- Washington and Oregon St
Oregon St- Washington St and Oregon
Arizona- Arizona St
Arizona St- Arizona
Colorado-Colorado St opps I meant Utah
Utah- BYU and Utah St opps I meant Colorado
Texas-Oklahoma and A&M opps I meant Texas Tech
Texas Tech- Texas and Oklahoma St
Oklahoma- Oklahoma St and Texas
Oklahoma St- Texas Tech and Oklahoma
Wow, this is perfect for the pods, no rivalries broken at all...the 3-2-2-2 works. It guarantees the schools from TX/OK and the NW that they don't have to take but 1 long trip (even in basketball w/ travel partners) each year, and it guarantees that everyone gets a game in TX/SF or LA/OK every year which make access to recruits better for everyone (but UT/USC) and everyone (but the AZ schools) only has to travel to the high altitude Mountain schools (upset city) every other year. And on top of all of that you would play home and home with every school in a 4 year period.
If you go to straight division models then you'll never be able to play home and home with everyone in four years. If you do 9 conference game (most likely) you'd play everyone in your division each year which is 7 games leaving only 2 games with the other division. That would take 8 years to play everyone, and to me that suck. Straight 8 division won't help conferences "evolve their thinking and look at the word 'conference' in regards to 16 schools, as a business and sharing a brand like 'Pac-16'. Like AL and NL under MLB brand." this divides them into basically two separate conferences that shares and name and revenue only, while only scheduling 2 OOC games and a post season game together.
Once again this is not the WAC or even the ACC, I really do want to understand why yall hate this idea so much but I can't find a cohesive argument besides "been there done that it sucked".
Why is having pure East/West divisions with pods to maintain rivalries, provide better access to recruiting grounds, limit travel requirements, and allow student to play everyone in their conference over a 4 year career bad?
Please if you have read this take time and look at it before you respond.http://www.pacifictakes.com/2011/9/19/2 ... #storyjump
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