Less than a year ago, when conference realignment began to shift significantly, few could have imagined that Texas A&M’s decision to bolt the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference would eventually lead to Virginia Commonwealth’s move to the Atlantic 10.
There is a lesson that this mind-bending year of realignment taught everyone: paradigms shift and conferences are often gutted because of unintended consequences.
The potential for a chain reaction was raised again Friday when news emerged that the Big 12 and SEC would create their own “championship game” in football — think of a non-Pasadena version of the Rose Bowl. The ramifications will be significant, but the biggest question will be whether it will create another ripple of conference realignment.
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