Former Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott had a lot of bad ideas that bore bad results during his tenure as head of the league. New commish George Kliavkoff is a breath of fresh air, particularly because of his latest idea around scheduling non-conference football games.
Here’s what Kliavkoff said this week:
Pac-12 commish George Kliavkoff calls scheduling college football games 12 years in advance "insane." He hopes the Alliance members can create an inter-conference challenge format where dates get saved and non-conference games get scheduled the preceding January.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 9, 2021
PLEASE DO THIS
It boggles the mind that this had to be said out loud and in 2021. This is an obvious thing that should been implemented years ago. Why do schools have to sign contracts with each other for games played with players who are currently in second grade? I’m sure coaches and ADs love to point to those games in recruiting, and ADs like the resume builder. But those aren’t strong enough reasons for not ditching the long-term commitments and figuring out which non-conference games you’ll play the next season after the prior season ends.
Heck, make it a TV event! Get ESPN to televise the whole thing and reveal the matchups with Lee Corso donning each team’s mascot head. The Alliance members are already planning on scheduling each other. Make it a marketable moment.
For reference, and thanks to FBSschedules.com, here is what WSU has committed to starting next season through 2033 (!):
- vs Idaho
- at Wisconsin
- vs Colorado State
- at Colorado State
- vs Wisconsin
- vs Northern Colorado
- vs Portland State
- at San Diego State
- vs Idaho
- vs San Diego State
- at Kansas State
- vs Fresno State
- vs Kansas
- at Fresno State
- at Kansas
- vs Kansas State
- vs Mississippi State
- at Boise State
- vs Boise State
As we’ve seen before, some of these games will end up shifting or being canceled all together. The true freshman on the WSU team that hosts Boise State in 2033 are currently six years old. That’s ridiculous.
Scheduling the non-conference games in January after the previous season allows schools to know which players they’ll have in the fall and maximize the best matchups. Matchups can look good on paper eight years in advance, but who knows, maybe those two teams will be middling programs by the time the games roll around.
So kudos to Kliavkoff for the idea. It’s a no-brainer, but it’s nice to hear no-brainer ideas coming from the Pac-12 commissioner for a change.
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