|Davidson's Stephen Curry, 2009.|
That would allow schools that can't regularly compete for national championships in football and men's basketball to separate the academic and athletic missions of the institutions.
As Kruse writes:
The creation of superconferences would let all the other schools — nos. 65 to 300-plus in the Division I hierarchy — basically stop trying to keep up with the Joneses and get back to more responsible athletic expenditures in a system that looks more like Division III.
He further contends this would help most schools — those outside the athletic elite of his new world — focus on their core mission: Educating students. Without this, he suggests, those have-nots will continue throwing good money after bad.
"Big-bucks lightning strikes are college sports' alluring illusion," he writes. "That's all they are. The vast majority of even Division I schools lose money."
Kruse writes and intriguing essay, albeit one that suggests a system that, had it been in place in 2009, would have denied Stephen Curry and Davidson, Kruse's alma mater, a run to the NCAA basketball tournament's Elite Eight and a moment on the national stage.
But hey, if four superconferences get us a football playoff ...