Ignore whatever it is college Athletic Directors are saying these days. Conference realignment has everything to do with the ability to make more money and that’s it. Those who think otherwise are only kidding themselves.
Those schools have every right to do whatever they think is going to help them maximize profits. In that process for pursuing more revenue, however, they are hurting themselves drastically in public relations.
I’m not saying that schools are going to lose money. Between the insatiable demand to watch the top college football/basketball school in the country regardless of where the venue happens to be, there’s no reason to worry about ROI.