Happy holidays to all the posters on this board!!! I look forward to some great college football alignment discussions in 2005.
Time to review last year’s wish list and make out my new list for Santa. Well, I did get one of my four wishes last year – 1) a split national championship in January 2004. It didn’t do much good in getting the BCS presidents to reconsider a playoff system, so I won’t be wishing this one again. Although, if Auburn beats VT convincingly and the USC/OU game is close, I believe that Auburn has a legitimate claim to a piece of the championship, if and only if the AP poll votes them as #1.
Perhaps I was too greedy last year. I wasn’t so fortunate on the other three, at least not yet:
2) Notre Dame announces intent to join a conference for all sports in 2004. With a new president, EVP, and head coach coming in, a willingness to schedule lesser opponents in the future, a second mediocre football season in a row, one of the worst recruiting classes in ND history last year, and a statement from the incoming president about wanting ND to become a great research institution, perhaps something will happen in the coming year. I’ll renew this one for 2005.
3) A division 1A playoff system that incorporates all the traditional bowl game rivalries by 2006. This one doesn’t appear to be going to happen, so let me cut this one from my list until about 2010.
4) A 12th Big Ten school in the not to distant future. This one is dependent on the new ND regime setting a future direction on either joining a conference or making it clear to the Big Ten that it isn’t going to happen. I’ll cut this one from my list as well.
So fat boy, all I am wishing for this holiday season is that Notre Dame announces its intentions to join a conference for all sports in 2005. That’s not too much to ask for is it? Ho, ho, ho