Related to this topic, Barry Svrluga, WaPo sports columnist wrote a
thought-provoking piece today, suggesting it is a great opportunity for schools to take a deep dive review of conference alignment in the midst of COVID19.
Svrluga felt since football revenue was the primary driver of conference realignment, why not isolate football unto itself? Schools can maintain their current league configuration to reflect the massive football TV deals in place.
Then Svrluga suggested that all other sports be realigned based on geographic conference affiliations. This would obviously be a major money savings for schools based upon reduced travel costs.
Clearly, ADs must scrutinize every line item today based upon the challenges they may be facing in the near future. Travel costs is a tough pill to swallow in these maga-sized conferences — flying a field hockey, crew or cross country teams for a competition 1000 miles from campus wasn’t in the original AD operating handbook.
The one important topic Svrluga failed to address is how the Power-5 would address the conference network deals in place that would need to be re-worked if member schools go into different geographic leagues for all sports other than football.
But nonetheless, ADs are facing some tough decisions ahead. And regardless if they take an approach as radical as what Svrluga is recommending or not, this pandemic undoubtedly will demand for changes to college sports one way or another. [Post edited by Mikeysurf at 05/21/2020 2:07PM]