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NCAA approves extra year of elgibility for spring athletes

The NCAA has approved (with a unamimous vote) to give an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes. The NCAA’s decision will extend the elgibility of all spring sport student athletes, not just seniors who would have graduated after this season. They will allow schools to expand their rostrs beyond current scholarship limits to account for incoming recruits and seniors who would’ve graduated. The waivers will be applied to spring sports athletes only (people who are playing baseball, softball, tennis, golf, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, rowing, men’s volleyball, beach volleyball, and water polo). The waiver will not be allowed to be given to winter sports athletes like those in basketball, hockey, swimming and diving, and gymnastics.

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cbhsports 2019 Maui Invitational Preview

When:November 25-27
Location:Maui,Hawaii

Bracket
Dayton
Georgia

Michigan State
Virginia Tech

Kansas
Chaminade

UCLA
BYU

Synopsis:This tournament is going to be filled with stars including Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston, and Kansas’s Devon Dotson. Michigan State and Kansas should have the upper hand in this tournament, but watch out for Georgia, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.

Predicted Championship:Kansas vs. Michigan State

Predicted Champion:Michigan State

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Ranking the ten most Power 5-ready schools right now

So, when the next rounds of college football realignment start (most likely in 2023 and 2024 when most conference TV deals are up) each of the power five conferences will be ready to expand into super conferences with sixteen to eighteen members. Here are the ten most power five ready schools when it comes to football, basketball, baseball, location, and academics.

1.Notre Dame
Current Conference:FBS Independents
Potential Fits:ACC, Big Ten

Notre Dame is currently a member of the ACC in all sports except football (they play five ACC members each football season) and will probably never lose their independent status. The Fighting Irish backed out of becoming a member of the Big Ten with Penn State in the early 1990s and haven’t been in contact with the conference since. Notre Dame has a great football programs and can ovbiously compete in any Power 5 Conference.

2.Houston
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, Pac-12

I understand your questioning if they would fit into the ACC but if the ACC ever wanted to expand out west, I’m sure Houston would be willing as they have conference foes from the AAC all over the east coast. Houston’s two biggest programs, football and basketball are always in the top twenty-five or fifty in the country and what a great city to have in your conference if you’re the Pac-12. The Big 12 probably wouldn’t add Houston, as they already have too many Texas markets, but I could see Larry Scott putting an offer out for Houston if he wants to move the conference east ward.

3.Boise State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

Boise State would be number one on this list, but because of their Idaho location, it is a hard place to get to and I don’t think many major programs like going to Idaho. Even though Boise’s basketball program can be improved, they have had a great football program since the turn of the century with multiple major bowl game wins and have sent players into the NFL. If the Pac-12 wants to expand, I expect Boise to be Larry Scott’s first choice.

4.Central Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

Because of being located in Orlando many conferences will eye Central Florida. UCF’s football program has gone 25-2 in the past two seasons and their other sports programs including basketball, have made tournament runs recently. UCF has shown it will be able to compete in a power five conference due to the Florida recruiting hot bed and their great Orlando location.

5.South Florida
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC, Big 12, SEC

USF would be another quality team to accompany rival UCF with a move to the ACC or Big 12. The Bulls have a Power Five-caliber football coach in Charlie Strong, who once had a three-year stint as the head coach of Texas. Just like their Floridian counterparts, USF would make a great choice for the ACC or any other conference in the region to add.

6.San Diego State
Current Conference:Mountain West
Potential Fits:Pac-12

San Diego State is right in the area where the Pac-12 doesn’t have a California member. San Diego State has been able to recruit the talented state of California and have turned that into major success on the field and on the court. Recently, San Diego State has dominated the Mountain West’s West division with back to back division championships in 2015 and 2016. The Aztecs have had success in basketball, most notably in 2011, with now Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard where they made a run into the sweet sixteen. This is all the Pac-12 needs to hear for San Diego State to join the conference.

7.Memphis
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:Big 12, SEC

Like their ACC counterparts, Memphis would fit well with any conference in the south. Memphis’s basketball should be back on the rise with former tiger Penny Hardaway as head coach and landing two five star recruits in the 2019 recruiting cycle. For football, along with Houston, the tigers have dominated the AAC’s west division during this decade. While Memphis won’t join the SEC (due to the SEC already having Nashville and Knoxville markets), they would give the Big 12 a pipeline to go in and steal some of the talent that would be going to the SEC if the pipeline wasn’t made with the tigers.

8.Navy
Current Conference:American Athletic
Potential Fits:ACC

I know Navy won’t be the first school considered by the ACC, but because of their rich football history and because it is a military school, the ACC should take a glance at Navy.

9.BYU
Current Conference:FBS Independents, WCC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Pac-12

The only reason BYU isn’t higher on this list is because they follow their rule of not participating in athletics on Sunday. BYU is a perfect fit with both the Big 12 and Pac-12 regionally. BYU has been off and on good with their football and basketball programs but bring a brand that is known to the power five conference they are going to.

10.Northern Illinois
Current Conference:MAC
Potential Fits:Big 12, Big Ten

Northern Illinois has had some sustained success in football during the 2010s and would give the Big 12 an outlet to the northern midwest for recruiting. The Huskies will bring a competent team in every sport they compete in, making them a top choice for the Big 12 to expand and not disbandand.

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CWS:Four SEC Teams headed to Omaha

Four SEC Teams (2.Vanderbilt, 5.Arkansas, 6.Mississippi State, and unseeded Auburn) all reached the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Arkansas headlined the bunch last year by being an out away from the college world series championship before losing two straight games. Mississippi State also made it to Omaha last season. The other big headline is that in his final season as head coach, unseeded Florida State made it to Omaha, as one of two ACC teams in the mix. Unseeded Michigan upset top seed UCLA in game three in Los Angeles. 8.Texas Tech beat out 9.Oklahoma State to reach Omaha for the second straight season. Louisville swept East Carolina to become the first team to puch their ticket. Vanderbilt had to win two straight after losing game one to unseeded Duke in Nashville to punch their ticket. 6.Mississippi State swept 11.Stanford to punch their ticket. Auburn battled 14.North Carolina to get out of Chapel Hill in three games to get to Omaha.

Here are the first round games of a double elimination tournament.

8.Texas Tech
Michigan

5.Arkansas
Florida State

2.Vanderbilt
Louisville

6.Mississippi State
Auburn

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The rise and fall of the Big East

From the Big East getting three one seeds in the NCAA Tournament to TCU being a bowl buster during the era of the BCS,the Big East was that conference that challenged all of the major conference teams.But to look at the fall of the greatest basketball conference ever,we have to take a look at the history of the conference.

Founding:The early years
In 1979 new scheduling requirements meant that independent schools Providence,St. John’s,Syracuse,and Georgetown met to discuss a potential founding of a conference centered in the northeast.Other schools invited were Seton Hall,Holy Cross,Rutgers,Connecticut,and Boston College with Rutgers and Holy Cross declining to join.Villanova joined a year later in 1980 and three years later Pittsburgh joined in 1982.In 1982,Penn State applied for membership but was denied after only five out of eight schools accepted (they needed six out of eight).

Football Expansion
A decade after the conference’s founding,Big East members decided to become a major football conference.Thus they added five schools including Rutgers, Miami, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. Miami was the only full time member immediately but Rutgers became a full member in 1995-96 and Notre Dame became a non-football member that same year.Virginia Tech became a full member in 2000-01 and Temple,a football only member until 2004, was forced out of the conference for many reasons including inadequate facilities,and playing success.

Turmoil and Realignment
The unusual structure of “football” and “non-football” schools led to turmoil within the conference. In 2003, the ongoing reports of tensions between the football schools and the basketball-only schools finally exploded into a months-long public tug-of-war between the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference over several Big East members. The end result was that three Big East schools:Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College—moved to the ACC, while five schools moved to the Big East from Conference USA—Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Marquette, and DePaul.

The addition of the three football schools, along with Big East non-football member Connecticut moving up to the Big East football conference, ensured that the league would keep the minimum eight teams needed to keep its BCS bid.DePaul and Marquette, were added to get the Milwaukee and Chicago television markets and add two good basketball programs to an already great basketball conference.

In 2010, Texas Christian University accepted an invitation to join the conference as an all-sports member beginning in the 2012–13 academic year.Big East schools compete in Division I. Most of the football-playing schools play in Division I FBS, while Georgetown and Villanova have Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) football programs. Georgetown football competes in the Patriot League. Villanova has competed in the Colonial Athletic Association football conference since 1988, dating back to its time as a completely separate conference known as the Yankee Conference, which merged with the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997, then in 2007 the CAA took over management of the A-10 football conference (which happened after Northeastern University joined the CAA in 2005, giving them the six football-playing members needed to start sponsoring football, which was eventually dropped by Northeastern after 2009). In September 2010, in the wake of a Division I realignment that affected a number of conferences around the country, the Big East asked Villanova to consider becoming a football member. The school once considered the offer, which required the school to substantially expand its football budget, as well as expand its stadium to meet FBS requirements or find another suitable venue in the Philadelphia area.[16] Villanova presented a plan to the Big East football members on April 10, 2011, which included the use of PPL Park as a football stadium, but the league declined to schedule a vote to offer membership on the objections of Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Rutgers to the plan. On September 17, 2011 Syracuse, a charter member of the conference, and Pittsburgh announced that they would be leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.Both schools originally intended to fulfill their commitment to the 27-month waiting period. TCU also reversed its decision and accepted an invitation from the Big 12 Conference to move there.

and countersuits were launched by the school and conference. Eventually, a settlement was reached with allowed West Virginia’s departure for 2012 in exchange for sizable compensation.Syracuse and Pittsburgh then used the acquiescence of the Big East to West Virginia’s departure to challenge the validity of their own commitment, and the Big East agreed to a settlement with both schools in July 2012 to allow their departure for the 2013 academic year.

In December, after the 2011 football regular season was completed announcements were made that Boise State University and San Diego State University, both of the Mountain West Conference, would join the Big East in football only; and that Conference USA members University of Central Florida, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Houston would join in all sports for the 2013 academic year.

On January 24, 2012, the Navy Midshipmen accepted an invitation to join the Big East for football only starting in 2015.On February 9, 2012, the Big East invited the University of Memphis to join as a full member in all sports to begin play in 2013.On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Temple University would return to the conference for football in the 2012 season, filling the void left by West Virginia. Temple would join for all sports in 2013. Temple basketball would move over from the Atlantic 10 Conference, where they have been a perennial powerhouse.On August 29, 2012, Loyola and the Patriot League announced that all Loyola athletic teams, including the school’s Big East team in women’s lacrosse, would join that conference on July 1, 2013.On September 12, 2012, Notre Dame announced it would follow Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, joining that league in all sports except football. Notre Dame and the Big East reached agreement on March 13, 2013; the exit took place July 1, 2013.

On November 20, 2012, Rutgers announced it would be leaving the Big East to join the Big Ten Conference as a full member, effective with the start of the 2014–15 academic year.Rutgers’ announcement came one day after the University of Maryland departed the ACC to join the Big Ten.One week later, on November 27, Tulane University accepted the Big East’s invitation to join as an all-sports member. East Carolina University’s football program also joined the Big East in 2014; both schools were previously with Conference USA.The following day the ACC voted to invite Louisville to join in 2014, making them the seventh school since 2004 to leave the Big East in favor of the ACC.On March 27, 2013, East Carolina’s future membership in the renamed conference was officially upgraded to all-sports membership.

Conference split
New Big East
Main articles: Big East Conference and American Athletic Conference
Less than two weeks after Louisville announced its departure for the ACC, multiple media reports indicated that the Big East’s seven remaining non-FBS schools, all Catholic institutions, were considering a mass exit from the conference.By December 13, it was likely that the non-FBS schools would indeed leave to form a new conference,and on December 15, the seven schools (soon to be called the Catholic 7 by the media) made their departure official, effective with the 2015–16 school year.Many details remained to be worked out, with one major issue being whether the “Big East” name would stay with the FBS schools.

On December 31, Boise State announced they had decided to stay in the Mountain West conference, leaving the Big East, much like TCU, without ever playing a game in it. With Boise State staying in the Mountain West, it was noted that San Diego State would indeed try to rejoin the Mountain West as well.On January 16, 2013, reports surfaced that SDSU would indeed stay in the Mountain West. Rumors of the MWC looking at potentially adding Houston and SMU as its 13th and 14th football members, both of which had stated they would join the Big East in 2013, continued to circulate as well.

In February 2013, multiple media reports indicated that the Catholic 7 would depart in July 2013, two years earlier than originally planned. On March 5, the Associated Press reported tentative details of a financial agreement: In exchange for selling both the Big East name and a contract with Madison Square Garden (MSG) to host the men’s basketball tournament to the Catholic 7, as well as $10 million, the football schools would receive $100 million of a $110 million pool that had accumulated from entry fees, exit fees, and proceeds earned from appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.On April 3, the football-playing schools, which retained the old Big East’s structure and its automatic BCS bid, announced they would operate as the American Athletic Conference starting on July 1.

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 9:Arkansas stuns Ole Miss to snap six game losing streak

Led by Mason Jones’s twenty-two points on six for eight shooting from behind the arc,Arkansas snapped its six game losing streak.Arkansas honored the 1994 National Championship team for its twnty-fifth year anniversary as well.

As I said in an earlier post,former Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten will be leaving the Monday Night Football booth to return to the Cowboys.

The Diamond Hogs finished a sweep of Stony Brook on Saturday,with a 15-7 win on Saturday with two home runs.

Former Arkansas Razorbacks Running Back and Baltimore Ravens Running Back Alex Collins has been released by the team because of use of marijuana and therefore wrecking his car into a tree.Collins was released on Friday afternoon.

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Arkansas Razorbacks,Dallas Cowboys Weekly Review 7:Diamond Hogs sweep first series of season

The number twleve ranked Razorbacks defeated Eastern Illinois twice in a double header on Saturday,winning game one 15-7 and game two 12-3.

Arkansas Razorbacks basketball is back to their losing ways after having leads on both Missouri and Mississippii State before losing both games.Arkansas has a 5-7 conference record now.

Jason Garrett,according to espn.com,sees “Offense taking a big step in 2019” with the hiring of Kellen Moore,a former Dallas QB,and the firing of Scott Linehan.

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Conference Realignment 7:My SEC Realignment and what should probably happen in the next conference realignment

Just like in my Pac-12 post,we are using the pod system for the SEC.A team would play every team from their pod and would play every other team from one pod in 2019-2020 and would play the other two by 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.In the other pods that a pod wasn’t playing,they would play the teams from the other pods who finished in the same standing that they did in their pod.

**=New member

West Pod (Pod A)
1.Texas A&M (5-3) C:at.Kentucky D:Georgia
2.LSU (5-3) C:South Carolina D:at.Florida
3.Missouri (4-4) C:at.Vanderbilt D:Central Florida
4.Arkansas (0-8) C:Tennessee D:at.South Florida

Central Pod (Pod B)
1.Alabama (8-0) C:Kentucky D:at.Georgia
2.Mississippi State (4-4) C:at.South Carolina D:Florida
3.Auburn (3-5) C:Vanderbilt D:at.Central Florida
4.Ole Miss (1-7) C:at.Tennessee D:South Florida

North Pod (Pod C)
1.Kentucky (5-3) A:Texas A&M B:at.Alabama
2.South Carolina (4-4) A:at.LSU B:Mississippi State
3.Vanderbilt (3-5) A:Missouri B:at.Auburn
4.Tennessee (2-6) A:at.Arkansas B:Ole Miss

Sunshine Pod (Pod D)
1.Georgia (7-1) A:at.Texas A&M B:Alabama
2.Florida (5-3) A:LSU B:at.Mississippi State
3.Central Florida *(8-0)* A:at.Missouri B:Auburn
4.South Florida *(3-5)* A:Arkansas B:at.Ole Miss

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College Basketball Saturday Review 1:Duke survives thriller versus Florida State

Duke,without Zion Williamson for the last part of the game,defeated Florida State 80-78 to remain number one in the AP polls.

Other top games included Louisville destroying North Carolina,Notre Dame squeaked past Boston College,LSU got past Arkansas in OT,Kansas State beat ranked Iowa State by one point,Ole Miss upset ranked Mississippi State by four,Texas Tech beat Texas and Oklahoma beat TCU in a pair of close games in the Big 12,and Kansas survived against Baylor.

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Conference Realignment (Part 5):The perfect realignment in the ACC if Notre Dame and some other school joined (in all sports) (My ACC Realignment)

So let’s say that Notre Dame (FINALLY) joins the ACC along with West Virginia.
They could fit into North and South divisions (not perfectly but close enough).Here’s what they would look like:

South:Clemson,Duke,Florida State,Georgia Tech,Miami,North Carolina,North Carolina State,Wake Forest

North:Boston College,Louisville,Notre Dame,Pittsburgh,Syracuse,Virginia,Virginia Tech,West Virginia