Well I can’t say that I’m surprised about this. Orlando Sentinel writer Mike Bianchi released an article June 6, 2014 entitled “SEC should dump Mississippi schools, add UCF and USF” that has taken the internet by storm. It all started after UCF Football Head Coach George O’Leary was quoted as saying, “They sound like the South during the Civil War” when Mike Slive came out threatening to leave the NCAA if a vote for autonomy for the “Big-5″ conferences was not passed during the NCAA meetings. Mike Bianchi decided to take it a step further in his article.
My thoughts: If the Power 5 leagues truly want to break off into their own division then they first need to jettison the dead weight and add more deserving schools like UCF before setting sail for the brave new world of college football.
Example: The SEC should dump Ole Miss and Mississippi State and invite in UCF and USF to take their place. It’s crazy that the Mississippi schools get to be part of the most powerful league in college football in a day and age when the sport is all about cable television subscribers, recruiting base and growth potential.
Needless to say, that struck a chord with Mississippi State and Ole Miss fans alike. He seriously thinks that the SEC would benefit from dropping one state completely out of the SEC while gaining two schools in a state that already has a SEC-member institution. Granted, UCF is the second-largest public university in the nation. But what he fails to realize is that by dropping Mississippi schools from the SEC, he would be dropping a perennial baseball powerhouse (MSU). But let’s just let Mr. Bianchi think that he has concocted the greatest idea since sliced bread for the SEC. But then he decided to pull out this gem…
With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy: How can you tell if a Mississippi State fan is on vacation in Orlando? He’s the one trying to take his fishing pole into Sea World!
Let’s face it, the only reason Ole Miss and Mississippi State are part of SEC today is that they happened to be at the right place at the right time 100 years ago when the conference was formed while UCF and USF weren’t.
If the big boys of the Power 5 truly want to start their own division then how about first getting rid of the irrelevant schools in their own conferences?
I hate to say this, but Mr. Bianchi is digging his own grave and I hope he comes to either Starkville or Oxford. Also, I hope he has a chance to try to defend this article in the presence of Mississippi State and Ole Miss fanbases alike.
If you’d like to read his article for some odd reason, it can be found here.
If you want to give him a piece of your mind on Twitter, his Twitter handle is @BianchiWrites.
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) October 26, 2013