June Junes is not oblivious to the fact that there are five power conferences in college football and then there is everyone else. The power conferences essentially have a direct route to the new playoff system while the other five conferences don't stand much of a chance of getting a team in at all. But the SMU Mustangs head coach has a radical solution that may just even the playing field a bit.
In short, Jones believes teams from the American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt should play their seasons in the spring and let the power conferences continue to play the traditional time of year in the fall, similar to what the USFL did to compete with the NFL.
"I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did. I think that there's an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division, and I think that if we don't think that way as a group of have-nots, we're going to get left behind," Jones told 620 AM WDEA (Tampa) during a radio interview on Friday. "I can see in five-to-seven years, possibly, the public would demand to have the two leagues play, just like I think the USFL had in mind, originally, of the winner of the USFL playing the winner of the National Football League."
Under the old system, Jones was able to get the Hawaii Warriors into a BCS Bowl game despite being from an inferior conference. However, those underdog stories will most certainly be a thing of the past with the new four-team postseason format in place. If teams outside of the power conferences want to play under a bigger spotlight, perhaps playing their seasons in the spring isn't such a bad idea after all.
Via Eye on College Football