Conferences? stay tuned

| September 29, 2011

The Voice-Tribune's Sports Columnist


Please don’t blink. If you do, this column may be out of date.

So many conferences are losing teams or stealing them that it’s hard to keep up, but here’s the latest count I have been able to come up with. But stay tuned.

SOUTHEASTERN

East
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
So. Carolina
Vanderbilt
Tennessee

West
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
LSU
Miss.
Miss. State

Coming in: Texas A&M plus one other to be chosen, possibly Missouri.

BIG EAST

Cincinnati
Louisville
Rutgers
Syracuse
UConn
Pittsburgh
S. Florida
West Va.

Leaving: Pittsburgh, Syracuse.

Coming in:
Texas Christian next year.

Others:
Who knows? Take your pick among East Carolina, Central Florida and Memphis (the Big East made a mistake when U of L and Cincinnati joined and left Memphis out).

BIG TEN

Legends
Iowa
Michigan
Mich. State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern

Leaders
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

ATLANTIC COAST

Atlantic
Boston Coll.
Clemson
Fla. State
Maryland
N. C. State
Wake Forest

Coastal
Duke
Ga. Tech
UNC
Miami
Virginia
Va. Tech

Coming in: Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Dream addition: Notre Dame, but don’t hold your breath. Notre Dame considers its football national.

BIG 12

Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kan. State
Missouri
Oklahoma
Okla. State
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

A&M is moving to the SEC. It has been reported that other teams may move in or out, but I would bet that the 10 teams left (plus A&M) will be it for another few years.

PACIFIC 12

North
Stanford
California
Oregon
Ore. State
Washington
Wash. State

South
Arizona
Ariz. St.
Colorado
So. Cal
UCLA
Utah

Lopsided games

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association now has our football teams in six different divisions. Groupings are based on enrollment, but still dangerous situations exist. There simply isn’t enough interest in some schools for them to be competitive – and they should not be playing football. Students at those schools who want to play football should be allowed to attend other schools of their choice.

We need two more classes: The top class, 8-A, should be just two powerful Louisville Catholic teams, Trinity and St. Xavier. Trinity is a top 10 national power. St. X is a bit down this year, but still dresses its usual 100 players or so.

A new class, 1-A, should be for schools that don’t have enough players no matter how big the enrollments are. Interest is almost non-existent. Examples in Louisville are Atherton and Iroquois.

Last week John Hardin, a Class 6-A team ranked in the top 10 in the entire state, scored 47 points in the first quarter against Iroquois and 14 more in the second period. With a running clock, John Hardin and its subs had just enough time to score twice in the last half.

Final score: John Hardin 75, Iroquois 0. It was a game that should never have been scheduled.

Waggener, certainly no power, smashed Atherton 53-13.

There are people in the Jefferson County School System who are paid good money to see that games like that are not played. Does it take a death for someone to put a stop to such scheduling?

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Earl doesn¹t just write about sports legends, he counts many of them as his
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