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June Jones has a new idea for the have-nots of college football; meaningful spring football

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Football in the spring? Sure, why not?

SMU head coach June Jones introduced an interesting idea for college football’s programs likely to be left behind in the looming age of autonomy. Rather than continue to play in the shadows of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, Jones suggests the rest of the college football conferences not eligible for the benefits of autonomy take their seasons and play them in the spring. A reach? Yeah, probably. But interesting to even discuss further? Absolutely.

“I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did,” Jones said in a radio interview, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I think that there’s an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division, and I think that if we don’t think that way as a group of have-nots, we’re going to get left behind.”

Jones may be on to something. Would it be beneficial to take advantage of a season without college football if it means potential extra media coverage, and thus growing media rights deals in a non-traditional season? Or would it do more harm by not being able to cash in with games against power conferences, and the media packages airing those games? Jones compares the idea to the old USFL, which played game sin the NFL’s offseason and was quite successful for a period of time (before Donald Trump ruined a good thing). Jones would know, because he coached in the league for two years.

“I can see in five-to-seven years, possibly, the public would demand to have the two leagues play, just like I think the USFL had in mind, originally, of the winner of the USFL playing the winner of the National Football League,” Jones explained.

With more and more programs doing away with or reducing the importance of a spring football game, perhaps this idea could find some ground to run on. It would take some getting used to, but are you in?

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10 Responses to “June Jones has a new idea for the have-nots of college football; meaningful spring football”
  1. weavergm says: Jul 18, 2014 6:59 PM

    This works nicely if one of their games is also the spring game of a Power 5 conference team. That allows the P5 to play a seventh home game without sacrificing out of conference games against other P5 teams or lengthening the fall season.

  2. cranespy says: Jul 18, 2014 7:25 PM

    I have a better idea…….divide the Haves and Have Nots into 2 fall leagues….both with a 32 team tourney at the end…..give the elite 8, final 4 and championships of both tourneys to bowl cities…..rotate among 8 Big Name Bowls for 1A and 8 mid level bowls for the 1AA…..schedule on different days so tv is full of meaningful football that will decide not 1 but 2 Champions ON THE FIELD!

  3. thekatman says: Jul 18, 2014 7:47 PM

    No intermingling of the Have and Have Nots for a Championship Game, because the level of play is significantly better in the Power 5 than the FCS schools. Besides if I were a Power 5 coach, there’s no way I’m going to let my star players play in a game that’s meaningless in the Spring and risk losing them for the season.

    I like the Spring season for the FCS schools so that all CFB fans have football to look forward to throughout the year. The SPring team’s players can play soccer in the Fall to keep in shape or go through Fall Camp.

    Issue will be what happens to National Signing Day? I think kids and schools should be able to sign anytime after the finish their junior year of high school and not have to wait for BSD in Feb. If this Spring Season is to work, NSD has to be held much earlier or not at all, and the signing happens when it happens in the previous June.

    Just my 2 cents, and remember, sports fans to always, Fight On.

  4. pawloosa says: Jul 18, 2014 8:26 PM


    It’s good your not a coach since you don’t seem to understand the difference between FBS teams and FCS teams….

  5. thekatman says: Jul 18, 2014 8:30 PM

    Then ‘splain it Lucy!

  6. pawloosa says: Jul 18, 2014 8:40 PM

    Katman…The programs in question are all FBS…
    There are no FCS teams in the discussion

  7. ancientcougar says: Jul 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    I think that all the Power 5 should divide up the rest of the BFS teams and incorporate them into their leagues. In other words all the teams should be in power conferences that want to be.

  8. thekatman says: Jul 18, 2014 11:20 PM

    I have been corrected.
    My thoughts are that there are 16 teams in the 5 power conferences, period.

  9. orthomarine says: Jul 19, 2014 9:49 AM

    Two leagues….

    12 game season…

    Each school must schedule 1 or 2 games with the other conference vs scheduling FCS schools for the regular season….

    Each league has a 4 team playoff…..

    The winner of those playoffs play each other for the National Championship…..

    Simple, easy, and there is no more have or have nots….

    TV contracts, give

    Fox, NBC, and CBS has one…..
    ABC, ESPN (Disney) has the other one….

    Each network group shares the inter-division games equally to help hype the playoffs and National Championship…..

  10. cincyfredo says: Jul 20, 2014 9:57 AM

    This would be great. All he lower teams play in the spring so that there is no:
    NW Lousiana
    SW Arkansas State
    Youngstown St.
    Sisters of the Poor
    etc etc etc
    So Ohio State would have to play real teams every year. Not 2 good teams, 4 very avg to poor teams, and 4 absolute cupcakes.
    Make the big boys play big boys every week !!!
    Urban Decay would not be happy …

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