It's been a few days since we talked about the SB Nation College Conference Re-Draft. Well, the first three rounds are in the books and I'm here to report to you the results of the Re-Draft. Just as an FYI, the Beer Re-Draught continues to collect submissions, so if you haven't already posted your favorite brews there, do it after you read this. Back to imaginary football.
Anyway, our buddies at Red Cup Rebellion had the Sixth pick of the First Round and the First pick of the Second Round. Here's how it all went down last week. Look at it and marvel at the insanity.
Here are the results:
|1-1||Conference #1||BC Interruption||TEXAS|
|1-2||Conference #2||Black Heart Gold Pants||FLORIDA|
|1-3||Conference #3||Team Speed Kills||ALABAMA|
|1-4||Conference #4||Big East Coast Bias||OHIO STATE|
|1-5||Conference #5||House of Sparky||USC|
|1-6||Conference #6||Red Cup Rebellion||LSU (ATVS)|
|2-7||Conference #6||Red Cup Rebellion||MICHIGAN|
|2-8||Conference #5||House of Sparky||NOTRE DAME|
|2-9||Conference #4||Big East Coast Bias||FLORIDA STATE|
|2-10||Conference #3||Team Speed Kills||OKLAHOMA|
|2-11||Conference #2||Black Heart Gold Pants||PENN STATE|
|2-12||Conference #1||BC Interruption||GEORGIA|
So yeah. Somehow Michigan went in the second round behind Alabama. And USC. Go figure. That said, we're not exactly upset that LSU and Michigan are now in the same conference. We're big fans of SB Nation's fine LSU blog And the Valley Shookand look forward to kicking Les Miles head in over the coming years. If you're looking for ATVS's welcome piece, look no further. So, as the two founding members of the [Whatever the hell we're calling this] Conference, we're already looking at a conference containing two out of this world athletic departments and two of the top football programs in the country. Not a bad place to start.
That brings us to Round Three. There were a bevy of strange picks in the Third round Nebraska, Louisville, and Virginia Tech all went before the school we'd set our sights on. And when we tell you who it is you're gonna be like whuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!?????
With the Final Pick in the Third Round, The Maize Valley Cup Conference selected The North Carolina Tar Heels.
more after the jump..............
NCAA letter of inquiry not withstanding, I'm still baffled that UNC was available. But that works out fine for us. remember folks, we're picking schools here for the long run and not just for football. But it's not like UNC isn't acompetent football program, and it's not like this program can't rise up and cause a lot of problems in the conference. This was once a power house football program, and it can be again.
Still, the reason for this pick is outside of just football. North Carolina is easily one of the most well-rounded athletic departments in the south east. Not only does this pick ensure that we're buliding a strong football conference, but we're putting our stamp on as a powerhouse basketball conference and a powerhouse baseball conference. Plus, UNC is one of the strongest women's athletic programs in the nation. Not too bad, eh? It also means we get to welcome Carolina March, SB Nation's great Carolina blog to the fray. But let's get to the details of the pick.
As many of you know, UNC is arguably the best basketball program in the country. Five National Championships, four times the National Runner-Up, and they had this guard named Jordan once. The baseball team has made the College World Series 9 times, men's lacrosse has 6 national titles, 1 in soccer, and posesses a bevy of other outstanding men's sports. On the women's side, well... you need no introduction to the sheer dominance of the women's soccer team. They're basically the Yankees of women's soccer with 21 titles. The women's field hockey team sports 6 national titles and the women's basketball team captured an NCAA title in 1994.
With 25 men's and women's teams, the 31st highest revenue in all of college sports, and a wonderful tradition makes this pick a no brainer. This doesn't hurt either.
So, North Carolina fans, welcome. Now we're going to pound you in football, and occassionally upset you in basketball. Yeah. You heard me. Occasssionally upset you. That's how we roll.
One more thing of note. We need your help naming this conference. So suggestions, no matter how vile, in the comments below. Also, help us make our next couple of picks. Where should we go next?
For your reference, here's a summary of the picks so far, special thanks to Black Heart Gold Pants for the leg work on this one: