Posted by vtfan on 5/16/2013 2:29:00 PM (view original):
it may have been mentioned but i think elite status should be be worked on a certain basis (ex. every 5 seasons) rewarding coaches and teams for their success. for example of i take over Louisville and over that five year period i go BCS bowling every season and win a few NCs that team will become an elite. There could be a formula combining factors such as winning %, SOS, Average Tier of bowl played in over that period, Bowl winning %, Quality of win?, NCs, Etc. and after a set period of time, like i said 5 season, 8 seasons, 10 seasons WHATEVER, the elites list is restructured to reflect that success. If a coach can take over a team like buffalo, or Middle Tenn. and lead them to fit the perameters of an elite over an extended period of time I see no reason they shouldn't be rewarded for that...
See, I think 5 years is too long. I still don't think we would consider Virginia Tech elite (especially after their few down years) even though they lived at the Orange Bowl in the recent years. If you want to do it, you can't just say after 5 years of 60 wins (or whatever number you want to do) you become elite. Bama, Notre Dame and USC (just to state the easiest one I can think of right now) have all been down recently (Bama before Saban, Notre Dame has had ups and downs, and USC before Carroll).
If you have the 12 (I think) elites now, you keep the same number forever. Elite doesn't matter if everyone is elite. And I think the reason they do this is because it would be hard getting a system that makes everyone happy. How do you lose elite status? How do you gain it? Does a current elite have to be struggling for a couple years to lose that status?
Honestly, no matter Notre Dame's record, they still get their picking of recruits (for the most part) which is the definition of elite. The top recruit in Iowa (I just read a newspaper article on him) is the best receiver in the nation. Has been committed to Iowa State for forever. But Notre Dame came calling and he's taking a visit there. Elite isn't decided in 5 years, its decided in 60. Penn State, Florida State, Bama, Notre Dame, OU, Texas, USC, etc, have been good for forever (with a few exceptions). The only school that has lost elite status is Army. They were good, but then the NFL kinda cannoballed them.
Or my last point. If Charlie Strong gets a call from any elite program, he would look into it. Florida, Florida State, etc, its everybodys dream to lead and play for the best.
Just my 2 cents. However, if with 3.0 they want to change the elites to more modern times (if they create a new world) I think everyone would be ok with that.