I think this idea has been bounced around for a while, but it first clicked for me during some discussions on the ACC realignment and Dream Conference threads.
Does anybody think a Southern Ivy League (call it whatever you want) is a good idea?
It seems like the main reason some folks have suggested it is because of the divide between BB first high-academic schools and FB first schools. I think if a
conference like this ever forms, that'll definitely be a cause. But I have some questions about the future of such a conference (yeah yeah, I'm playing devil's advocate--assuming I'm using that term correctly--a bit, but I think the questions are legit anyway):
1. Would it be a better situation for schools in the conference, since many would lose a cut of conference football money (assuming Vandy and the Tobacco Road schools are odds on favorites to be founding members)?
In the short run, no. In the long run, yes.
2. Who would the founding members be?
I'm thinking along the lines of this bunch: UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and UVa.
3. What sort of academic standards should be in place for potential members?
look for tougher academic standards than the current B12. High SAT scores would be a must. Athletes must have gpas of 3.7 or higher.
5. Would any schools in the region upgrade some of their sports to join the conference?
I can maybe see VMI and the Citadel upgrading some of their sports. Navy also would love to join the Southern Ivy League (I'll use the name that's been floated around a few times, the Magnolia League, in reference to the "SIL" from now on). Even the old University of the South might contemplate a comeback to IA.
6. Is it possible there could be two conferences, or a 12 team conference with 2 divisions, one centering in the mid-atlantic DC area, and one more in the southeast?
It's possible, although I would say it's not very probable (likely).
7. Would you be interested in football in the league?
Maybe, but probably not.
8. Should the league get a BCS/Playoff berth? If so, should there be certain minimum qualifcations they'd have to meet first?
9. Would the rivalries improve?
yes. More even playing field for all.
10. Would the faculty be happier?
11. Would recruiting take a nose-dive?
12. How awesome would the basketball be?
It would probably be decent.
Other schools I can see joining this conference are as follows:
Tulane, SMU, Rice, Tulsa, Kentucky, Cincy, and possibly Miami(Oh)
Although Maryland loves its football rivalry w/ UVa and its bball rivalry with UNC, I don't see the Terps really wanting to join this league. In fact, I can actually see them hooking up with FSU, GT, and Clemson. NC State would not like to be in that conference either, so put them also with FSU, GT, and Clemson.