You are Nuts: What if the Massive Ten had relegation?

All people is aware of that top-of-the-line components of being a sports activities fan is debating and dissecting essentially the most (and least) vital questions within the sporting world with your pals. So, we’re bringing that to the pages of LGHL with our favourite head-to-head column: You are Nuts.

In You are Nuts, two LGHL employees members will take differing sides of 1 query and argue their opinions passionately. Then, in the long run, it is as much as you to find out who’s proper and who’s nuts.

This week’s subject: What if the Massive Ten had relegation?

Josh: Illinois out, MAC champ in

When Gene half-jokingly (but in addition with lethal severe intent) introduced up relegation on final week’s pod – in response to our convention realignment dialogue – I used to be immediately on board. I respect the heck out of my co-host, however I can not keep in mind one other concept he had earlier than this one. It was his finest concept ever, and he’ll in all probability by no means prime it. Relegation and / or promotion could be essentially the most thrilling factor to occur to school soccer for the reason that introduction of the triple possibility.

There are too many packages or groups in CFB that settle; content material with amassing and cashing paychecks that aren’t earned or warranted. 3-9? Who cares, did you see the variety of zeros in that stub from our tv deal? Now to be truthful, not each program can compete on the highest stage. The disparity will solely develop greater with unfastened switch guidelines, NIL, and so forth … However there are nonetheless dozens of packages retaining lame-duck coaches, refusing to spend money on athletic services, making no effort to enhance the expertise of scholar athletes, and so forth. These groups must go, or not less than drop down a stage, the place they really feel snug swimming within the shallow finish.

On the flip aspect, you have bought packages that simply wish to compete with the large boys frequently. Even in defeat, their groups stand up for the chance, followers journey nicely and help the staff, and there may be real pleasure. That’s what school soccer or some other sport needs to be about: competitors, effort, and keenness. If a staff constantly wins at a decrease stage, give them a shot at the perfect. That is the place promotion comes into play.

I bought a bit artistic with my alternative (s) … or you can say I’m dodging the query by not selecting a particular staff for promotion, however that is hypothetical make consider, so give me a break!

The staff I might relegate from the Massive Ten is Illinois. Are they the worst staff? Not all the time … Are they second or third-worst frequently? Yeah, more often than not they’re. However I’m not relegating them solely due to their document. Illinois is unhealthy spirit boring. And so they have been for a decade. They don’t have any juice, no person likes Bret Bielema, and I simply have no idea what they’re bringing to the desk.

If you wish to argue that they seize the Chicago market, strive once more. Northwestern has a extra related soccer staff. On prime of that, NU receives nationwide consideration (attributable to their means to compete) now and again! So if the Preventing Illini aren’t bringing in viewers, can they not less than scare a few of the prime groups once in a while? Eh, possibly you can say that. They beat Penn State final season, however the Nittany Lions have been extra of a paper tiger. No. 6 Wisconsin was a great win in 2019, however that was an anomaly. In most situations, Illinois will get taken to the woodshed by good groups. For instance, Ohio State has overwhelmed them by a mixed rating of 135-31 of their final three matchups.

The Preventing Illini simply don’t put up a lot of a battle. They may sneak up on a ranked staff each from time to time, however they by no means make a run at relevancy. NU has received a B1G West crown not too long ago, Indiana was scary for a scorching minute, and Rutgers not less than has Greg Schiano. Illinois must make room for a extra thrilling or fascinating possibility.

So which staff would I promote? I don’t wish to take one other Energy 5 staff, as a result of I don’t see that as an actual promotion. The Massive Ten is healthier than the ACC, however taking a faculty like North Carolina would simply be straight-up convention realignment. I wish to reward a decrease stage staff with an even bigger, higher alternative. That being stated, how about some MACtion !?

I would like the winner of the MAC to be promoted to the Massive Ten for the next season – even when which means a brand new staff yearly. Successful the convention would incentivize competitors (not that the MAC wants any assist in that division), and supply a non-Energy 5 staff with a really thrilling alternative. If I wished to get actual wild, I might counsel that with probably only a one-year window, this hypothetical MAC staff may go all-in on the switch portal or questionable NIL offers, and attempt to win the Massive Ten – thus remaining within the convention! As a result of that’s my solely exception … If the previous MAC staff wins the Massive Ten, they get to remain for not less than a couple of seasons. Then Rutgers or Northwestern is banished as nicely.

And at last, it simply makes geographical sense. I’m a traditionalist, so I choose the best way it was once. Massive Ten colleges are positioned within the midwest, Pac-12 groups on the West Coast – you get what I am saying. I discover it foolish {that a} New England space staff may find yourself within the Massive 12 or Mountain West Convention. CFB ought to in all probability have totally different ranges of play altogether, or divide up into 4 or 5 tremendous conferences, however that is a unique dialog for a unique day.

To summarize my argument: Sorry Illinois followers, your staff is out. No one will miss them. And prepare for some scorching, soiled MACtion within the Massive Ten!

Gene: Maryland out, Pitt in

Like my podcast cohost Josh, I just like the regionality of school soccer and am a bit unhappy to see it slowly starting to fade away earlier than our eyes. Convention titles dont imply practically as a lot as they used to, as the largest groups within the Energy 5 among the many likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and so forth. all have their sights set increased on the School Soccer Playoff. Because of this, successful the B1G or the SEC feels extra like a vital step in direction of making the postseason slightly than an accomplishment in itself. However, I digress …

Whereas I can acknowledge a few of the regionality of the game is slipping away as I watch groups like BYU and Cincinnati with plans to journey south to hitch the Massive 12, it doesn’t imply I cannot do my finest to revive order within the Midwest given this hypothetical situation. I feel relegation within the Massive Ten could be superior, particularly for the reason that backside feeders of the convention aren’t all that aggressive. With Josh taking Illinois, it leaves me deciding between a few of the different lesser groups within the backside half of the B1G for whose getting the metaphorical boot.

In an actual life relegation situation, the tip of the 2021 season would’ve doubtless seen Indiana dropped down a peg after an 0-9 document in-conference. Nevertheless, the Hoosiers have not less than been fascinating and aggressive sufficient below Tom Allen for me to maintain them round. Nebraska and Northwestern every went 1-8, however as Josh stated, the Wildcats have competed for Massive Ten titles on multiple event, and whereas Scott Frost being relegated could be humorous, I am not gonna make that transfer. My actual resolution right here is between Rutgers and Maryland, and with the Scarlet Knights not less than beginning to recruit a bit higher below Greg Schiano, I am kicking out the Terps.

Even with the brother of Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback, Maryland has been non-competitive below Mike Locksley. It is 3-6 mark in-conference included wins over simply Illinois, Indiana and Rutgers, and so they have been in no way near any of the higher echelon B1G colleges. Towards the 4 top-10 groups they performed in convention, Maryland was overwhelmed by an combination rating of 216-70. It additionally doesn’t play of their favor that they’re fairly far exterior the footprint of the Massive Ten geographically. In contrast to Rutgers, there does probably not appear to be any form of optimistic route for this system or any indicators of enchancment wherever on the horizon, so for me, the Terps have been chopped.

For my part, eliminating one of many convention’s odd East Coast groups permits for some simple swapping right here with the ACC. Getting “relegated” to a different Energy 5 convention shouldn’t be precisely a punishment right here, however I feel we are able to all agree that the ACC is not less than a step or two under the Massive Ten – and the TV contracts would replicate that. So, as a way to fulfill my regional wishes, sending Maryland to the ACC makes all an excessive amount of sense right here, and in there place may very well be a staff that’s not less than Massive Ten-country adjoining with some upside: Pitt.

Now, the Panthers aren’t the perfect staff on the earth by any stretch, however I am not seeking to flip the Massive Ten into an excellent convention right here. That being stated, Pitt is coming off an outstanding season, successful the ACC after ending with a 7-1 mark – together with a 27-17 win over Clemson – and defeating Wake Forest within the ACC Championship Sport to safe the convention crown. Whereas they’re do for some heavy regression this season after Kenny Pickett left for the NFL and Jordan Addison is off to USC, I nonetheless suppose they make rather more sense within the Massive Ten than Maryland.

I assume in the long run I wound up going the extra convention realignment route slightly than pure relegation. I dont need only a Massive Ten-ACC pipeline right here, since you’d in a short time have the probability of groups like Clemson and Miami (FL) turning into a part of the Massive Ten, which makes even much less sense geographically than the Terps. Nevertheless, in additional of a one-and-done form of relegation situation, I feel sending Maryland right down to the ACC and citing Pitt to the Massive Ten makes a complete lot of sense.

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