New Year Reflections on Conference Realignment
This is the time of the year for reflection and renewal — considering what was, is, and could be …
As I watch the remaining Bowl games of the 2012-2013 season, my head is still spinning from the ever-changing landscape of college football.
Dubbed as the ‘BCS 2.0,’ schools have seemingly forgone all allegiances — in pursuit of the greatest multi-million dollar payout — in a conference realignment domino effect that abandons all geographical, traditional or numerical nomenclature rationalization.
Now, I realize that television money is the lifeblood of college football, and I understand the importance of proper planning for the future. However, I can’t see past the hypocrisy of the respective schools’ brass when they expect loyalty and commitment from their players — who must sit out a year if they choose to transfer schools — alumni, and fans alike, but fail to follow-through on their own contractual commitments (not to mention head coaches jumping ship at the first courting of another school).
Though my musings may be much-maligned, I truly wonder if the “grass is greener” on the other side for college sports? At what point does selling out for a lucrative TV contract go too far and forfeit the greater values of integrity, trustworthiness and character?
Despite the mass defections of teams and imminent collapse of lesser conferences compounded by the general uncertainty surrounding sporting life as we currently know it, I can’t help but reflect on God’s promises. I find a reassuring certainty that Almighty God, His Word, and His character does not change—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever—and when I realign my priorities to properly align with His, allowing myself to be molded unto Christlikeness, I benefit … and that is something worth reflecting on.
By Matt Dunn
(The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this editorial are those of the author, Matt Dunn, and do not necessarily represent those of Athletes in Action or any other individuals with AIA.)
3. January 2013 18:03