Jim Boeheim thanks the crowd after Syracuse was selected in the fifth round of the SB Nation Conference Re-draft Project by the House of a Thousand Sanctions. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The fifth round of the SB Nation Conference Re-draft Project has further enlightened us to the goals of each particular conference commissioner. Here are the results:
BC Interruption: Washington (Texas, Georgia, UCLA, Wisconsin)
Black Heart Gold Pants: Auburn (Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL))
Team Speed Kills: Arizona (Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M)
Big East Coast Bias: West Virginia (Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State)
Us: Syracuse (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee)
Red Cup Rebellion: Arkansas (LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Stanford)
A mini West Coast run took place in the fifth round, with Pac-10 powers Washington and Arizona leaving the board. Both schools are successful in basketball and have respectable football programs. The Wildcats are a departure for TSK, who to this point has drafted bruising, power football teams. UA's air raid offense might push them to the next level.
We started to also see some less obvious choices, like West Virginia (Big East school, respectable in both power sports) and Auburn (great football, horrible basketball) going to conferences with fairly clear regional affiliations.
Next up, the House of a Thousand Sanctions picked up Syracuse. The Orange have an illustrious basketball history and also happen to be a prestigious academic institution in the northeast.
Syracuse is really popular among New York City denizens, too -- they consistently call Madison Square Garden their home away from home.
Can you imagine Syracuse and Notre Dame playing in East Rutherford? Or at Yankee Stadium? Pandemonium, I tell you. Anarchy.
I think it's safe to say that House of a Thousand Sanctions owns New York City, Los Angeles, and has a decent slice of Chicago. We also dominate the airwaves with an NBC television deal, have already built a few incredible rivalries (Notre Dame/USC football, Syracuse/Notre Dame in lacrosse) and Nike's just salivating at the thought of it all.
Real life conference commissioners, please email me for my resume. I'm available at the right price.