Settle down. This is going to take a while longer.
The one sure thing about conference realignment is nothing is certain until announced. What appears inevitable one minute can be out of the question in less than five minutes.
The Big Ten move to pluck Rutgers from the Big East and Maryland from the Atlantic Coast Conference this week has shaken the conference realignment landscape to the core. The peace has been shattered, it’s every conference and school for themselves.
The debate over Louisville and UConn may have suddenly taken a back seat in some circles to whether the ACC will even survive. The Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference may be preparing for an all-out raid of another basketball centric conference.
The speed with the ACC could be totally devastated would make what happened to the Big East over several years akin to a merciful and honorable goodbye. If an school is good in basketball, it had better be damned good in football if it is to survive the aftermath.
My guess is Louisville’s future is back on hold. With visions of mega million payouts, the conference commissioners and college presidents are scheming around the clock to out-scheme each other. Any handshakes, promises and agreements up to now could be meaningless.
The end game appears to be four football super conferences, consisting of 64 teams as someone suggested about four years ago. Whether 64 will be the right number will only be decided when the destination appears within reach.