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Drum roll please: Here’s Clips Conference Realignment Graphic #23
Madness is more than basketball. It is Realignment Madness too.
Clips Graphics Department, 7-1-13
From the Clips Adobe In-Line designers comes what you've all been waiting for: the latest revision (# 23, and counting) of the Clips Conference Realignment Graphic.
In the past two years, the constantly spinning carousel of conference-hopping has directly affected almost half of the 347 D1 schools out there, as well as 28 of the 32 D1 conferences. Yes, there used to be 31 D1 conferences, but the split of the (formerly known unofficially as the Catholic 7, and the soon-to-be Big East), has created a new conference.
Let’s call it all Realignment Madness (am I the first to use that phrase?), and Clips will keep churning out these Realignment Charts, revision after revision.
Since the best interests of any given school and any given conference are only tangentially related to other schools and conferences, there's been basically no master plan. Further, in the grand scheme of things, the “deficit” conferences are not convinced that this realignment has been a zero sum game. Thus, it's been no surprise that conference realignments have been proactive, reactive, sporadic, paranoid and sometimes seemingly desperate.
Stay tuned for version #24. In the past two weeks have been the latest realignment announcements: Elon from Southern to CAA, Eastern Tennessee State & Mercer from Atlantic Sun to Southern, and who knows what's next?
Keep those revisions coming.