That's it. There are now several United States senators involved in conference realignment. In related news, I'm done talking about it until something official happens. I'm sorry for getting politics in your football, and here is a token of my appreciation for your understanding.
And of course, since I wrote this last night, the Big 12 decided to actually do something official and invite West Virginia, and West Virginia only. Hopefully this is where we say fin to major conference realignment, and no, that doesn't include the Big East adding the likes of Central Florida and the service academies.
Big changes comin'. The NCAA rolled out several big-to-massive rule changes yesterday. They basically boil down to this:
- Four year scholarships are now back on the table.
- Teams must maintain a 930 APR to be eligible for postseason play. (Penn State's football APR, as of the 2010 report, was 974.)
- Schools can offer $2000 in addition to full scholarships to help meet the full cost of attendance.