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Last week, some high school players shared good news on Twitter: They received a football offer from Florida Gulf Coast. Here's one. And another.
FGCU doesn't have a football program. They have a student-run football program, not a university-sponsored varsity program. These offers led to confusion at FGCU, who released a statement on Wednesday:
"Unfortunately, we have been notified that a non-employee, volunteer with the football sport club has extended 'offers' to come to FGCU and play football to more than 100 individuals across the country. This has been done without FGCU’s knowledge or sanction, and has caused a great deal of confusion to not only the individuals receiving the 'offers' but to others reading accounts on social media."
Two scheduling items to unpack: Jimbo Fisher said the SEC is considering eliminating their stupid scheduling format, and the American announced the elimination of divisions.
"I know they're looking at some formats going forward that keep the three main and rotate five," Jimbo Fisher said when asked if he'd like to play more non-divisional games. As of now, the SEC's 6-1-1 format is six divisional games, one permanent non-divisional opponent (e.g. Texas A&M plays South Carolina each year), and one rotating non-divisional opponent. The format is why Texas A&M's meeting with Georgia in Week 13 is their first against the Bulldogs as an SEC member.
"Three main" and "rotate five" suggests SEC teams wouldn't play each of their divisional foes each year, which would make the SEC the only FBS conference to do so. If that's what Fisher means, what could SEC scheduling look like? Who are the "three main" for each team? I took a guess, which was much harder than I anticipated.
In the American, the departure of UConn means 11 members and unbalanced divisions. As a result, they're eliminating divisions for (at least) the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and all teams will play four home games and four road games per season. Each team will play the other 10 teams at least once in the two-year cycle.
The American made the easy, obvious choice. However, one item stuck out in their news release: "The conference will determine the procedures for determining the participants in the American Athletic Conference Football Championship at a later date."
Hopefully this means they haven't ironed out a complex tiebreaker procedure. Hopefully this doesn't mean they're considering an alternative to the first- and second-place teams meeting in the conference championship.
No one is that stupid, right?
Side note: Divisions shouldn't exist in any conference.
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