From an AL.com article of our last meeting with Jackie Sherrill as written by Daniel Boyett. I remember us being somewhat mesmerized by Jackie's predictions. You can read here how close they all came.....or are still coming!
Back in 1989, Jackie Sherrill had a vision of the future of college football.
It was then that he said the sport would eventually evolve into four super conferences, consisting of the ACC, Pac-10, Big 10 and SEC.
With the recent conference shuffling, Sherrill's old prediction is closer to reality. On Monday night at Craft Farms, the former Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Pitt and Washington State coach told the Gulf Coast Athletic Club about his expectations for realignment.
"When you look at expansion, you look at a team's fan base," said Sherrill, who resides in Wimberley, Texas, and is the president of GameOn Sports Nutrition. "What can they bring to the table? This is what goes on behind closed doors. They're not going to tell you they do this. Texas A&M, for example, increased the SEC's footprint television market by 40 percent.
"There's going to be some teams left out and they're going to be left out because of the fan base."
Sherrill, 67, sees 16 to 20 teams in each super conference, with the four champions in a playoff for the national title. In addition, Sherrill envisions a new governing body, not the NCAA, presiding over the conferences.
According to Sherrill, the benefactors of a new ruling association, which he said would be more translucent than the NCAA, will be the student-athletes, who would receive a stipend.
"It's going to benefit them, a bunch," he said. "You have national merit scholars that are getting living expenses, but the football players don't get living expenses. That's not right."
Sherrill's thoughts on further expansion include:
SEC: He sees the most likely targets as Clemson (fan base of 1.9 million), Georgia Tech (1.7), Virginia Tech (1.3), Missouri (1.0) and West Virginia (1.0).
Big 10: Sherrill expects Notre Dame, Texas, Virginia Tech and Rutgers to be candidates. Virginia Tech because of the Washington, D.C. market, and Rutgers because it has the highest following of any team in New York City.
Pac-12: Like many, Sherrill feels Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State will be added.
Big XII and Big East: Will no longer exist
Everyone else: Will play in another tier, operated by the NCAA.
"It's going to happen," Sherrill said, "and be all done pretty quickly."