- The biggest news in today’s links involves the first bit of bowl shuffling for the 2010 season. The Alamo Bowl seems ready to up their payday to essentially replace the Holiday Bowl and the Big 10, free agents from the Alamo Bowl looking elsewhere, appear ready to ink a deal with the Gator Bowl themselves. The aforementioned Gator Bowl deal means the Big East needs to find a new bowl themselves, and they appear to be close to a deal.
- In a brilliant display of the stupidity that the NCAA so often shows, and for which this blog is named, Southeast Missouri State has committed institutional violations so severe that 2 year’s worth of men’s basketball games were vacated and the head coach was fired. Once again the NCAA comes down ultra hard on a school nobody cares about while other schools skate by for far more serious acts.
- Since we are in an abbreviated Little Guy week, I wanted to give you guys some weekend reading on a few Little Guy schools courtesy of SBNation. First off is the sites for Boise State, Utah, and BYU (all featured in yesterday’s Five Little Guy Programs to Watch). And if that’s not enough for you, check out Mid-Major Madness, an excellent source for your Little Guy news.
- In circling the major media outlets, it appears that ESPN has released their Preseason All-America team.
- In injury news (is there any other kind during fall camp) it appears Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson has been nursing a “slight pull in his lower leg” – whatever that means. He hasn’t practiced in 5 days and won’t play in the Cowboys’ first scrimmage tomorrow.
- In an interesting hoops story, San Diego prep star Jeremey Tyler will be the first guy to foregoe his senior season to get paid overseas and in turn become eligible for the NBA draft at 19. More power to him I say, even if he sucks or gets hurt he still gets one payday.
I’m going to begin my look at the 2009 college football season in the same place I started the 2008 previews last year – with the little guys. The little guys are the teams outside of the 6 major conferences that operate by a different set of rules than the rest of Division I college football. No Little Guy has ever competed in a BCS national championship game and it takes a monumental season, one where going undefeated might not even be enough, for them to even crack into the second tier BCS bowls. However there are a handful of Little Guy teams every year who make a whole bunch of noise and give the nation hope that they’ll crash the BCS title game and start college football down the road to a playoff.
After a long, long time off I’ve decided to revive this thing from the dead. I am going to be starting up with regular Monday-Friday content updates and I have a much better plan to keep this thing going over the long haul. I even will be purchasing a domain and will start hosting this blog myself in an effort to possibly generate some revenue that I can use to make the Clearinghouse Chaos experience that much better.
So stay tuned and tell all of your friends. Look for regular updates to begin next week.
I mentioned in the fifth and final part that I would put up a discussion post so as to attempt to consolidate things as much as possible. I’d love to hear feedback from you readers about whether my plan sucks, is awesome, or if it’s simply mediocre. Feel free to post comments about the plan in general here and hopefully we can get a nice forum going.
The fifth, and final, part of the CCCFPP is perhaps the most crucial part. Unfortunately I’m not even remotely privy to enough information to form concrete ideas about how to make things work from the money perspective. After all, the playoff idea hinges on it being financially feasible from all aspects. While most of the ideas I have for this part are admittedly vague, you’ll find that everything seems to work out at least in theory inside.
In part three of the CCCFPP I laid out how the regular season would go and how the bracket and participants would be determined. Now we come to the part that everybody is waiting for, the actual playoff. When do the games get played? Where are they played? What about everybody else? All of those questions are answered after the jump.