I am a senior at the University of Maryland, so it should be obvious where my allegiances lie. We are in the process of assembling the best coaches in the country: Gary Williams in basketball, Ralph Friedgen in football, the Sasho and Shannon Higgins Cirovski in soccer, Dave Cottle in men's lacrosse, Cindy Timchal in women's lacrosse, and, last year, Brenda Frese in women's basketball. I am an economics major and considering most economics jobs are in the federal government or in related companies, I will probably still be living in the Washington area and attend Maryland football and basketball games, if I can get tickets.
I am also a fan of Syracuse, as I was born there and my dad went to grad school there. I also lived in Connecticut for a while, and I used to like UConn before Jim Calhoun officially entered the pantheon of shady basketball coaches with the recruitment of Rudy Gay.
I have lukewarm support for other schools. I am a big fan of the option and running games, so I like Navy, Air Force and Nebraska. I also like UConn football, despite what I said about Jim Calhoun above. Finally, Wake Forest fans are the nicest in the ACC and their football and basketball coaches are good, respectable men.
I hate Notre Dame because they think they are high and mighty; Penn State because they think they are high and mighty; Virginia and West Virginia because they are Maryland's rivals (according to the game NCAA 2004 College Football); Florida State because Maryland has yet to beat them in football; Missouri because they are pretenders; Duke, but only in basketball, because they are too pitiful in football; North Carolina State, because they think they are the hottest thing since hot coals even though they finish in fourth place every year; and North Carolina because my cousin in Massachusetts has UNC gear, and they wear baby blue, and they are arrogant.
I am interested in conference realignment because I have a logistical bent. I like to doodle schedules and the such. Conference alignment is analogous to scheduling stuff.
When the 2003 expansion chronicles began, I wanted just Miami to join the ACC. With Miami, we increase an already improving conference's football greatly and keep the double round robin in basketball. I was cool on Syracuse and Boston College joining because they are discontiguous with the remainder of the conference. If a 12-team conference was the goal, I wanted Virginia Tech and West Virginia to keep the conference contiguous and retain the awesome ACC logo. I am not pleased with the divisions proposed for football. It is not good looking. Geographic divisions work for the SEC and Big XII. Idiots just want to guarantee FSU and Miami playing in the championship game every year, but that might not happen.
One thing that worked out with the expansion process was Mike Tranghese was exposed as a hypocrite.
As for the Bowl Championship Series, I would like to see the Mountain West expand to 12 teams. Give them an automatic BCS bid. If the Big East is going to get one, the MWC deserves one. I would expand the BCS by one bowl, which would be the Cotton Bowl, which needs to be returned to its rightful place in the bowl pantheon. There would be three at-large teams in this system. I am torn on whether to return the bowls completely to their traditional affiliations. The whole point of the BCS was to crown an undisputed national champion, and obviously that did not happen this year. I am a purist in that I would have liked to see the Big Ten and Pac 10 in the Rose Bowl, ACC in the Orange Bowl, and SEC in Sugar Bowl. If the traditional ties were used with my five bowl system, I would advocate the following:
Orange: ACC or Big East
Cotton: Big XII
Rose: Pac-10 and Big 10
I am also realistic in this BCS thing only works and the big mass of money only flows if there is a 1-2 game to decide the national championship.
Anyway, enough out of me.