Yeah, I know that sounds overly dramatic, but look at this quote from the Big Ten after yesterday's move to rip USC and UCLA away from the Pac 12...
"We're literally nuking the Rose Bowl," one Big Ten source said. "But what's the point of the Rose Bowl if the whole point is the Playoff?" https://t.co/KwTScduuu8— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 1, 2022
"What good is the Rose Bowl if the whole point is the Playoff"
And there it is. What is the point of the Rose Bowl, the "Granddaddy of them All", the most sacred of all the college bowl games, if the goal of college football is to make the playoff. A playoff designed to make everyone involved a whole heck of a lot of money.
So who cares what we have to destroy in the process, as long as the elites secure their bag. The Bowl system? Major universities in depressed markets like Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, and maybe even Oklahoma State and Wazzu? Who cares, the rich are getting richer, sucks to be those schools and bowls, am I right?
The next 20 years of college athletics are going to be drastically different than the previous 20, let alone the previous 150. My worry is that its going to be much worse. More corporate, more cookie cutter, and devoid of the heart and soul that used to make it good. Because now, its all about the money. Sure, it might have been about the money before, but its an arms race now, and nobody cares who dies along the way.
Virginia Tech may very well end up as one of the schools chosen to take part in this new world. We might not. No matter what happens, I do know that the sport that I have grown to love over the 20 years its been since I was a student (and even further back than that when you consider my childhood) is dead and will never come back. And it all happened because some rich schmucks needed more money in their pockets during a time when tuition is exponentially increasing to the point of being legitimately unaffordable except to the wealthy.
And that's just sad.