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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:30 pm 
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I don't think anyone's leaving the SEC. Like, ever again.

The other thing is, we - as human beings - tend to crave order and symmetry. And people interested in conference realignment, even more so**

But the thing to remember is that each organization is self-serving. Four conferences of 16, each in 4-team pods is nice, neat and orderly. But the schools and commissioners don't give a damn about orderly if it costs them MONEY or success in sports (which gets them money).

The idea that any conference would rather have THE MAP dictate the "pods" / number of times each team plays (aka their TV inventory!) instead of "picking the best match-ups to put on TV/get the most NCAA bids) are basically zero.

Notre Dame isn't going to say "there's 4 conferences with 4x4x4x4 groups? We'll give up our football independence just to complete the balance/symmetry."

PRO sports will re-align for balance and symmetry, because they're all members of one league and they want something that makes sense for the schedule markers. But there's also a united guiding force for that: The league office.

Conference realignment is NOT musical chairs, because there's no overlord that stops everyone's music. Each conference decides for themselves. And they're NEVER going to have a perfectly aligned system, because the whole thing is just a capitalist endeavor to gain more money/power/success.





** - We're sports fans, but ALSO have this extra layer of interest in the configuration of leagues? I'm guessing if we did a study of college sports message boards, this site would lead in "Percentage of posters with some form of OCD."

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