Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham believes super conferences are only a matter of time.
Ditto for a college football playoff.
As a panelist at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ convention today in Salt Lake City, Whittingham said that he believes that this summer’s conference realignment is a precursor of more changes to come. Utah, you’ll remember, is one of the teams that has decided to switch conferences. It is leaving the Mountain West Conference for the Pac-10 Conference.
“I think this is just phase one of conference expansion,” Whittingham said.
He believes there will be super conferences within the next decade, not sooner than three years from now but not longer than 10 years from now.
And Whittingham thinks that super conferences will lead the way to a college football playoff.
Whittingham admits he doesn’t have any inside information about what might happen in the future, and yet, his prognostication seems reasonable. This summer’s conference realignment made it clear that conferences and schools are interested in looking for new and different ways to do business. Likewise, they aren’t afraid to disrupt the status quo.
If some of these newly expanded conferences see that expansion was a success — and there’s little reason to believe that it won’t be — it makes sense that leagues will be interested to doing more.
I’ll have more on the panel that Whittingham was a part of in coming days on my blog. Whittingham along with the BYU athletic director and the State of Utah’s attorney general talked about all sorts of BCS-related issues. Be sure to check back!