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HALE: Changes in college football right around the corner?

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Changes are forthcoming in college football, so you better get used to it.

Beginning next year, college football will finally have a four-team playoff, thus putting the old BCS system to bed.

College presidents should have adopted such a plan years ago, but the fog finally lifted and they came to their senses.

You can still have a college playoff without doing complete damage to the bowl system.

In fact, MTSU and its Conference USA peers will have nine bowl tie-ins beginning next year.

That being noted, should one be concerned about the future of teams in leagues like Conference USA, the Sun Belt, the Mountain West, etc?

You see, it's only a matter of time before the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC and Pac 10 start doing their own thing.

Either the NCAA is going to allow them to break free of the other conferences and hoard all of the money and go by a different set of rules, or they're going to do it on their own by seceding from the proverbial union known as the NCAA.

The "Big Five" conferences hold all the leverage in this big-time business known as college football. It's no longer about student-athletes, but rather the all-mighty dollar. We've realized that the last 10-20 years.

So where does that leave the likes of MTSU and programs at the same level?

It's going to be interesting because the Alabamas and Oregons of college football still need the MTSU's and Arkansas States.

The "Big Five" schools are still going to want to play programs not affiliated with them for what they hope to be guaranteed wins, and programs from C-USA, the Sun Belt, etc. are still going to need to play schools from the "Big Five" for a guaranteed paycheck.

In the end, there are probably going to be two sets of rules, which will involve scholarship numbers and the dividing up of money generated from TV and the four-team playoff.

"The Big Five" will get what it wants, while the remainder will still exist, but truly on a different level.

It might not be all rosy for likes of MTSU, but make no mistake, changes are coming – and perhaps sooner than we think.

Monte Hale Jr. is The Post managing editor. Email him at mhale@murfreesboropost.com. Follow him on Twitter at HaleMonte.

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February 25, 2014 at 6:06pm
Great analysis of the changes especially identifying the problems.
Now's the time to push for correction to the new CFP that those fog headed Presidents gave the power.
A total Reorganization of the old FBS is required.
See the Perfect Playoff Plan at: http://ncaa2014.us/theperfectplan.pdf
But for MTSU check out the plan to move all the "cupcakes" in the former Mid-Major Conferences into Equal Football Only Conferences.
Check it out at: http//ncaa2014.us/conferencerealignmentchart.pdf
Wouldn't it be great to be in a conference where their Champion wins one of 16 Playoff spots where you play Cincinnati, Kent State, Louisville, Marshall, Miami (OH), Ohio, Pittsburgh, Toledo and West Virginia.
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