Welcome back from the holiday break! Did you get all the presents you asked for? No?
Well, just in case you’re bummed that you didn’t find a shiny new GARBAGE IDEA in your stocking, today’s college football rumor mill has you covered:
Oh my god.
As fans of a Group of Five school, I think we’re all used to seeing our favorite team get relentlessly marginalized by the college football power structure. What I don’t understand is the impulse to fight back by marginalizing ourselves even harder.
Tell me: To what end would this little kids’ table tournament be played?
For the promise of a little – and I couldn’t imagine it would be more than a little – extra TV coin?
For the exposure that our teams already get in bowl games, only this time with an explicit acknowledgement that we are second-tier trash here to fight it out for your gambling and bloodlust amusement? That sounds great and all, but I think beating the shit out of 6-6 Arizona State would be more satisfying.
The only way this makes any sense is if you make this tournament decide who gets into the Access Bowl, but even that poses problems (congrats on winning the G5 tourney; now go play Auburn in your 16th game of the season).
I’m glad AAC commissioner Mike Aresco and several off-the-record ADs are coming out strongly against this gambit in the story. Because it’s fucking pointless. And even worse, if you’re worried about an official divisional split between the Power Five and Group of Five, this is absolutely playing with fire.
Anyway, I hope you like your GARBAGE IDEA. Just try to remember that it’s the thought that counts.