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January 05, 2013

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rick

Duke, it's sport. Although the ongoing posturing resembles imperialism, it's not. It's actually capitalism personified, the basis of our nation. I love El Paso, but the reason that city struggles is because the lack of ambitious thinkers like yourself. El Paso has a social equality mindset, which is why most of the state of Texas treats them like step-children. New Mexico has the same issue, which explains their extensive poverty, poor schools, and lack of industry.

The plus one, and likely (future) full scale playoff modules are good for universities (state and private) bottom-line. Everyone benefits from expanded playoffs, even weaker conferences; and the influx of money builds research labs, classrooms, creates jobs, provides scholarships, etc. The good far outweighs the negative.

Adapt or lose relevance.

MinerMike

"The plus one, and likely (future) full scale playoff modules are good for universities (state and private) bottom-line. Everyone benefits from expanded playoffs, even weaker conferences; and the influx of money builds research labs, classrooms, creates jobs, provides scholarships, etc. The good far outweighs the negative."

How?

rick

There's a provision that guarantees a non AQ a spot in an Access Bowl if they reach certain criteria, very similar to the “top 12/ top 16″ provision that currently exists in the BCS for the non-AQ leagues. The big change, of course, is that the Big East will be in that group now too.

The Big East also now needs to get to work on finding a upper-tier bowl for their champion, to be matched up against a quality opponent from the SEC, Big 10, PAC 12 or Big 12. They would get nowhere fast if the game involved a ACC team or another have-not league champion.

The Plus One model is no different than the SBA 8a program; minority owned businesses receive all sorts of concessions as a start-up from the SBA, and then graduate from the SBA program after a period of time in business.

ALL businesses, thereafter, must adapt to a business climate or fail. Sound familiar? It should - it's basically the premise of the non AQ qualifier under the old BCS format. College sports are a business, not a charity.

There are subordinate NCAA football championships series (formally known as D-1,2,3) for those schools that don't want to get off their duffs to recruit. Recall, Boise St., USF, UCF, UAB, Louisville, Nevada, etc., were D-2 football teams just 15 years ago. They elevated their profile, aligned themselves with conferences, and now compete.

Now recall Hardin Simmons University, a football powerhouse back in the day. I don't think they even play any longer - they couldn't adapt and became obsolete.

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  • Duke Keith is the sports director for KLAQ and does play-by-play for Time Warner Cable Sports. He's been involved with local sports media since coming to El Paso in 1990.

    You can listen to Duke on the KLAQ Morning Show, weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 95.5 FM.

    Duke comments on sports in general, but usually sticks close to home.

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