These huge television contracts have ruined college football. And I blame the SEC. It’s pure trash. I loved the old Big Eight Conference, when the Buffs, Nebraska and Oklahoma would trade blows with each other.
— Adrian, Denver
Kiz: Incredible arrogance and bad judgment of Pac-12 leadership (here’s looking at you, former commissioner Larry Scott), pushed the Conference of Champions from glory to extinction in a period of 10 years. But in the end, was it new CU coach Deion Sanders that struck the death blow? His arrival in Boulder made the Buffs a brand the Big 12 coveted. Once the Buffs bolted, it was all over but the rats jumping ship as the Pac-12 slowly sank into the ocean.
My romantic views of college football and student athletics died long ago. These kids are basically pros. Nothing surprises me anymore. I support CU and let myself get fooled for a few hours on football Saturdays in the fall. Otherwise, I know what the deal is.
— Ramon, jilted football-lover
Kiz: I empathize with your confusion. Heck, the knuckleheads here at Kickin’ It Headquarters can’t find West Virginia on on a map, let alone understand why it makes sense for the Buffs to make road trips to Morgantown to play football. I don’t know about you. But I miss the Huskers.
You bemoan the trashing of tradition? It’s called change. The only part of life that is guaranteed. It’s fun! It’s exciting. And Nebraska? Do I miss having the Cornhuskers in the same conference as CU? What do the Huskers have to do with any of this?
— Ande, forward thinker
Kiz: You’re correct on one important point. The once-mighty Huskers are now pawns in this big-money game. The big player out there is Notre Dame. This insansity will continue until the Irish decide to join a league.
The Big 12, Big Ten and SEC have too many schools! The Pac-12, a 100-plus year old conference, with many prestigious schools (including Cal and Stanford), was cast aside like junk! There’s nothing sacred, no honor, no tradition. Just greed!
— Warren, Henderson, Nev.
Kiz: The future, as I’ve been telling folks for years, is a pro league of college teams that will be realigned in geographic clusters connected to the country’s major TV markets. Will this super league consist of 64 teams? Or 80? I can’t tell you. But Colorado State would like to know, because I’m afraid the Rams wouldn’t make the cut at 64.
And today’s parting shot is our annual reminder that drawing conclusions early in Broncos training camp can make us all look like fools. Maybe something to keep in mind when the same fans and media members that once anointed Kyle Sloter as the next great thing now wring their hands about quarterback Russell Wilson throwing picks during practice in August.
I’m willing to wait and see about Russ as he learns a new offensive system under coach Sean Payton. But the thought of how fast Peyton Manning lost his skills at the end of his time in Denver can’t be forgotten.
— Wolfy, howling at the moon
Want more sports news? Sign up for the Sports Omelette to get all our analysis on Denver’s teams.