Earlier this week, SMU head coach June Jones proffered up the (absurdly and patently asinine) idea of the so-called Non-Power Five conferences — AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt — moving their collective football seasons to the spring.
Hey, it worked out long-term for the USFL, right? Perhaps mindful of that football extinction, a couple of the commissioners from those conferences have addressed the subject broached by Jones.
The summation? Not only “no” but a resoundingly welcome “hell no!”
Here’s a sampling of the responses from the commissioners given to ESPN.com:
AAC’s Mike Aresco
“We have no interest in doing that and have no plans to discuss or look into it. Our position is clear. We are an integral part of the fabric of FBS college football. Our conference is and will be extremely competitive and our goal is to play at the highest level, compete for playoff and host bowl spots and challenge the Power Five. We want to be in the power conference conversation and, sooner than later, be regarded as the sixth power conference.”
MAC’s Jon Steinbrecher
“I have not reviewed this concept with our membership but I cannot imagine we would support such a concept.”
MWC’s Craig Thompson
“There is no chance.”
Fortunately, it appears saner heads will prevail and the laughable idea of five conferences playing meaningful games in the spring won’t even remotely be considered. Jones is concerned about his and the other conferences being left behind? Try holding your games out of season. You’ll see what getting left behind is truly all about.