Inter-conference weekends have become all the rage in college basketball, and we might not be far from witnessing an identical spectacle take shape on the football field.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told the media Tuesday that he wants to see either an SEC-ACC Challenge or an SEC-Big Ten Challenge scheduled in the near future.
“I think one of the greatest things — and I was in it on the other side — when I was in the Big Ten (at Wisconsin), they had the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in basketball, and I thought it was just so cool to see crossover games at the beginning of the year,” he said at the SEC spring meetings in Destin.
Geographically, the ACC might be a more suitable partner for the SEC.
“I’d love to see it with the Big Ten, but I think the ACC, with 14 teams, we’ve got the same number of teams,” Bielema said. “You look at a four-year window and you reserve the second and third weeks and you play one through 14. Let the commissioners come together and decide who’s playing, or an outside source, and just have the Big Ten and the SEC go together on two different weekends.”
The topic is not a new one; Bielema brought it up six months ago, and we predicted what such an event would look like.
Basketball also influenced his thoughts on the NFL draft process. Bielema spoke out about the current rules regarding underclassmen, and joked that its the first thing he agrees on with one prominent SEC coach.