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College football as we have known it is about to change drastically. In a domino like sequence of changes that is part power grab, part defense mechanism and at least part greed, a number of sprawling superconferences are expected to be created sometime from five weeks to five years from now.--Austin Murphy, July 9, 1990
"The '90s are predicted to be moving in the direction of three super conferences, each with a major network," says Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles.--Austin Murphy, July 9, 1990
"The shift from cozy, regional leagues to superconferences without geographic borders, promised since the beginning of the decade, has finally taken place. In addition to the Southeastern Conference, which has had 12 teams in two divisions since 1992, the Big Eight has taken in four members of the deceased Southwest Conference (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) to form the Big 12" --Tim Layden, August 26, 1996
2 months ago, Syracuse's former athletic director Jake Crouthamel predicted the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-10 would eventually form four 16 team super conferences, bolt from beneath the NCAA's billion dollar monopoly.
If I really wanted too, I could copy and paste this column with 2,000 words worth of quotes from columns written over the last quarter century. That's how often this superconference theory has been bandied about with the likes of the Lochness Monster, BigFoot, the second gunman on the grassy knoll and the equally mythical BCS national championship.
It's been called a seismic shift, but so is an earthquake in California. Every thunderous shake along the San Andres fault line is supposed to result in the biggest celebrity divorce in Hollywood history-- California's split from the United States mainland. Until I see L.A. drifting towards Japan, I don't buy the hype. It could happen eventually but I refuse to believe we'll get much advanced warning. The same skepticism should be directed towards the Big 10 and Pac-16 theories.