Every now and then, I forget what a vile cesspool college sports is at its core. Fortunately, every so often, college sports goes out of its way to remind us all.
The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted Monday to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten and begin competition in the conference in the 2014-15 academic year, sources told ESPN. An afternoon announcement will be made in College Park.
Meanwhile, Big East Conference sources told ESPN that Rutgers will be announced as the 14th member of the Big Ten on Tuesday.
Clearly, for the new Big East, this is cataclysmic. The ACC will now be in the hunt for a 14th or 15th or 16th team after losing Maryland, meaning one or all of Louisville, UConn, and Cincinnati are probably out the door next.
Meaning SDSU will … shit I really don’t know. And I’m not sure it matters.
Stay with Boise in the glorified Conference USA for far less money than we thought we were getting? Return to the Mountain West and a television contract that will pay us literally dozens of dollars. Create a new all sports western conference? Douse ourselves in gasoline on Bob Bowlsby’s doorsetep and threaten to light a match if he doesn’t let us into the Big XII?
Really, it’s tough to care anymore. My vote is to do whatever Boise wants to do — I’m sure that’ll be fine. Bob Kustra can do the thinking for both of us now.
Sigh. T’was a valiant effort, Mr. Sterk. Things looked promising for a while, but in the end college sports happened. Vile cesspool that it is.
Oh, goody: Looks like the MWC is a distinct possibility. And BYU, too, maybe? Whatevs.