Listen folks, now is not the time.
Sure, it is impossible to ignore. You can't open any publication, click on any website, listen to any sports radio station or watch ESPN without being blasted by talk about NCAA realignment or its potential/subsequent repercussions.
Professionally, I have to care. Personally, I couldn't care any less -- not yet at least. Big business bores me, especially when it revolves around sports.
Don't get me wrong, the effects are monumental.
The book is about to be closed on the Lone Star State's biggest rivalry. The possibility of a handful of "super" conferences looms. The death of the BCS could lead to a playoff being used to determine a true national champion -- wow, what a novel idea. The SEC, Big 12, PAC 12 (still sounds funny), Big East, Big Ten, ACC and beyond are all undergoing either facelifts or full-blown reconstructive surgery.
The landscape is certainly changing, and it is altering the course of college sports history.
And I will care at some point, but now is not the time.
From September through the conclusion of bowl season is the greatest time of year...period.
Nothing beats the joyful insanity of college football on the field. On the other hand, a bunch of suits sitting in a room pretending to care about the "student athletes" while putting pen to paper under the board room table in an attempt to carve out the biggest piece of the monetary pie is, well, awfully mind-numbing and unsettling.
Things are going to shake out however they shake out, and schools, players, coaches and fans will adjust. They have too.
Just don't expect me to do it on the fly.
Too much is constantly changing, too many rumors are being thrown around, and the roller coaster is not going to stop anytime soon.
Last year's realignment circus was different. It occurred during the offseason. While still unappealing, I watched and actively kept up with the on-goings, because I was football starved and it whet my appetite. It didn't distract me from the game I love then, and I won't let this distract me now.
This time of year is all about hard hits, touchdowns, comebacks, upsets and Heisman-caliber performances; not TV markets, million-dollar television contracts and revenue sharing.
I'm not a sports fan for the politics. All of that will handle itself.
When it does, I'll be here to absorb and process it all at once.
Until then, now is the time for one thing, and one thing only: Football!
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