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It isn’t that bad yet but nothing is out of the question. What we seem to have is a Conference game of musical chairs. Every NCAA team wants to be sure it gets a seat in a better conference (and of course the money that goes with it). Every NCAA Conference seems to be wooing schools in other conferences to come join them.

  • The Big 10 may not be able to count (there are 11 teams) but now they want to go to 12 or maybe 14 or 16.

*The PAC 10 (they can count) is looking to move to 12 or maybe 14.

*The Big 12 is just trying to hold on to their teams but would like to take in 2 more as well.

*The Big East and ACC are hiding under a blanket hoping other conferences won’t find them there.

The Big 10

According to the rumors floating around, the league has invited Missouri, Nebraska, and Rutgers to join the league. They have been courting Notre Dame for years but the Irish have their own TV deal with NBC and think they are too good to become a member. Nebraska is not likely to leave their rivalry with Oklahoma but both Missouri and Rutgers are likely to join.

But that leaves an odd number of teams at 13. If those two join look for the league to recruit either UConn, West Virginia, Pittsburgh or Syracuse to get to 14.

The Big 12

If Missouri leaves the league will be 1 short. TCU would be the most likely candidate to replace the Tigers. But if the Big 10 goes to 14, the Big 12 will want to follow. That would bring TCU, SMU, and either Rice or Houston to the fold. TCU, SMU and Rice were all part of the Southwest Conference that got raided by the Big 12.

SEC

If both the Big 10 and Big 12 got to 14 teams, the SEC will be forced to follow. There are rumors that the SEC is trying to lure Florida State and Miami out of the ACC to join their league. That would gut the football aspects of the ACC and force them to steal teams from the Big East or Conference USA.

Pac 10

The Pac 10 will want to expand as well to keep up with the other leagues. The most likely to join it are Utah and BYU. If they decide to go to 14 they would look at Utah State and either Wyoming or Colorado State.

That leaves a number of leagues with not enough teams and would undoubtedly lead to more raiding. The Big East would probably disappear unless they can raid Conference USA for teams like Memphis and Marshall. The ACC would go after South Florida (Big East) and UCF (USA).

The bottom line is that no league is safe as long as the big 3 are sniffing around for more teams. It will change the landscape of college sports and not for the better. Bigger conferences will lead to more bowl games. After all, the NCAA was thinking about having 96 team in the Basketball Championship Tournament. So what is wrong with having 48 bowl games?

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He is a regular contributor on Cleveland Sports Radio http://www.sportstalkcleveland.com/ Monday afternoons at 1 Eastern. He has also published several novels on

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A few names in the draft you won't recognize but should know on the offensive side of the ball.

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Here are a few of the offensive players I found that have NFL potential but are not highly regarded by most scouting sites or draft experts. I will post some D players tomorrow.

QB

Stephen McGee Texas A&M—McGee has a stronger arm than most think and got a lot of experience throwing on the move. He is accurate in the short and medium pasterns but is inconsistent on the long ball. He has the size you would like but needs to bulk up a bit in the lower body. He is a late round pick but has the tools to start with the proper development in 3 to 4 years.

RB

Gartrell Johnson Colorado State—A big back in a short body. He doesn’t take many big hits because he is so short (5-11). But he packs a lot of power and reasonable speed in a 230 lb body. He is a 4th or 5th round pick with the potential to be a 3 down back who can pass block and catch passes. He should last until the middle of the 6th round but is not a FB as some think.

Ian Johnson Boise State—Johnson is a nice combination back that can be a 3rd down back and a solid backup. Under 200 lbs. he is not a candidate to be a starter but has skills. He has above average vision and can break a long run but does not have super speed. He is a late choice or URFA (undrafted rookie free agent).

FB

Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M—Lane has been voted the player most likely to eat himself out of the league. However, if he can get back to 260-265 from his current 285, he is an excellent short yardage runner and powerful lead blocker. Watch him in 06 and 07 to see what he could be again. He will likely be an URFA.

WR

Mike Thomas Arizona—Thomas is only 5’8 but has speed and can get open using both his speed and excellent patterns. He can catch a bad ball, get his feet down going out of bounds, and makes tacklers miss. He is a slot receiver/flanker that can start in time. He should be a middle round choice.

Jarett Dillard Rice—Rice runs patterns that do not translate to the NFL. However, Dillard is an NFL type receiver. He runs ragged patterns and has to improve in that area but has above average hands, can get the bad throw and gets open. He should be a 3rd to 4th round pick.

TE

Bear Pascoe Fresno State—Most prospects this year are receivers. Pascoe can catch some and block some. He should be 4th round pick.

OL

Seth Olsen Iowa—Olsen is another gem lineman from Iowa. While he is OK at pass blocking, his real value is in run blocking. He drives his opponent into another area code consistently. He is a G that can start on a run first team day 1. He is a late 4th or early 5th round choice and a great value there.

Sebastion Vollmer Houston—Vollmer has worked in a super spread offense so he needs to perfect his footwork. But he can pull and block, and has more pass blocking experience than many OT candidates in the draft. H e should be a 5th round pick.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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