Hmm, if I catch the drift of this, its all about the big conferences, particularly Big10/Pac 10 singing Tevya's song, "Tradition, tradition, tradition, tradition." That was the gist coming out of the famous BCS newsconference as well, and some recent news that RoseBowl/Pac10/Big10 might be willing to expend some muscle to restore this heritage come what may.
Javaman, ever heard of a song called "Read your mind"?
It talks about thinking out of the box, which is something the traditionalist absolutely, positively hates to do!!! Traditionalists would rather jump out of ten story windows (ala' the great stockmarket crash of 1936), than think out of the box, IMO. Clearly, two things are needed:
1. a semi-return to traditional BCS bowl matchups. Allow me to explain. Let's say the Sugar Bowl is hosting the BCS title game this year, and let's say that neither the Big Ten champ or the Pac 10 champ will be playing in it. In that case, those teams would play in the Rose Bowl. The problem comes in when you have the Big Ten champ in the BCS title game like last year, the the Pac 10 champ in the BCS title game, or the Rose Bowl hosting the BCS title game. I don't think the Rose Bowl will want to cut their nose to spite their face (i.e. no revenue from a BCS title game), so I can see them staying in the BCS, but they will force some changes to be made in the system. At the same time, I look for the idea of 10 team conferences having title games to die an ugly death in a NCAA subcommittee somewhere. Therefore, there will definitely not
be a return to more "traditional" sized conferences, and pressure will be put on the ACC, the Big Ten, and the Pac 10 to expand again. This will completely wreck the Big East as a football conference, but to be honest, the Big East was shaky to start with. You have too many programs wanting to bail on the league for a different conference. WVU wants the SEC. Pittsburgh wants the Big Ten. BC & Syracuse coveted the ACC at one time, and might still jump if given the choice. This does not lead to conference stability but rather conference instability, and unstable conferences are prime targets for solid, expanding conferences. There is very little difference between the Big East and the WAC, IMO, with the exception that the Big East is currently in the BCS and has a better tv deal than the WAC. That's the only two differences I see.
I also expect the Mountain West to gain some members and lose some members.