|Barry Alvarez is tired of dealing with the little guy. (US Presswire)|
Look! Up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Barry Alvarez's dream of a super league!
Yes, the former Wisconsin coach and current Badgers athletic director would like to see the haves of the college football world break free from the have-nots and form their own league. Alvarez was in Alabama this week and told the Press-Register of Mobile that he thinks conferences like the Big Ten and SEC should stop worrying about what the little guy wants.
"I'd like to see a super league," said Alvarez. "I'd like to see a league -- Southeast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 -- and have your own rules. Have rules that you know what the hell they are and that you could actually follow them, and let them have it. We've got a lot of rules and there're a lot of haves and have-nots, and you're making rules to make the have-nots happy.
"Let the guys who can afford it go do -- the guys that are filling those big stadiums; the leagues that have the big TV contracts. Let them go. That's nothing against those other guys. But you can't let that group hold the entire group back."
Alvarez apparently isn't a big fan of the BCS adding bowl games and slots in recent years to teams like Boise State or TCU (or ACC teams for that matter, considering Alvarez didn't mention the conference). I wonder if TCU beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago has anything to do with this opinion.
Or maybe it's just the major schools don't quite enjoy sharing their money pie with the little guys. Whatever the case, when asked if he could foresee the major conferences forming this "super league," Alvarez didn't seem very optimistic.
"I don't know. I doubt it, but maybe."