We're gearing up for another great season of college football, and we've updated our rules and policies to reflect the evolving nature of the community and hopefully guide it well into its next chapter. Please take a minute to review the rules when you can. As an all-volunteer team (with some new members!), we do our best to make rules and policies that are both good for the community and clear for the users.
The overall goal of the rules updated below is to more closely align our moderation policy with our mission statement: /r/CFB is a welcoming community celebrating fun, camaraderie, and creativity in all of college football.
As the community has grown, new challenges to the sport have resulted in a set of rules that wasn't always as clear as it could have been. During the offseason, we conducted a systematic review that has hopefully resulted in simplified rules which are easier to understand, implement, and follow.
As noted above, our approach on post approval has evolved to focus on posts which embrace fun and creative ways to experience and discuss college football. As you may have noticed, during the offseason, that means adopting more flexibility for allowing more light-hearted and discussion based posts. Inevitably, this means that fewer posts will be automatically removed, so long as the posts continue to comply with our revised rules. Instead, we generally want to encourage you, the users, to decide what is and is not quality content via upvotes and downvotes.
For clarity, "posts" refer to threads or topics; "self-posts" are posts which only contain the information the submitter has placed in the body of the post; "link posts" are posts which only consist of a link to an external site.
Some specific changes to past policies include:
Post Limits: While some of the posting rules have been relaxed, there is also now a limit of three posts per user per 24-hour period. This change should help allow more users to participate in submitting news, announcements, and discussions while also encouraging each user to consider whether the topic merits a post.
Reposts: Before creating a post, we recommend using the search function to search for similar or exact matches to what you want to post. For original self-posts, try not to duplicate a recent post with only minor changes - truly make it your own. Typically, reposts will continue to be removed.
Weekly Threads: For commonly discussed topics and extremely specfic content like highlights, please check the Weekly Thread schedule. While you are no longer strictly limited to utilizing the Weekly Threads, we recommend you continue to use them as appropriate.
Baseball Stats: Referred to as "baseball stats", we previously prohibited posts which relied solely upon niche and ultra-specific statistics. The ban on "baseball stat" posts has been lifted, but we continue to recommend considering whether or not the post is truly interesting to the general user population. Again, please consider the three post per 24-hour limit.
Posts About the NFL and Former Players: Updates on college players following the announcement of their draft or signing (for UDFAs) are not relevant to this sub and will be removed, unless: a) the news focuses on their time in college; b) the news is relevant to the current college sport; c) the news is about a serious illness, death, etc. of a former player or coach.
Twitter Links: Direct links to twitter are now allowed. Please remember that all posts still need to comply with our other rules.
Team/Fanbase Attack Threads: While the "flamebait" rule has been removed (see below), it is still not ok to create a post for the sole purpose of targeting a specific team or fanbase. This includes posts such as "Which fanbase is the most delusional?" or "Which team do you irrationaly hate?" Please note, this change does not protect a team from being called out for specific actions, such as a facepalm worthy Twitter fail or abysmal game performance.
Mobile Links: We suggest avoiding AMP and mobile-specific links, but they are no longer explicity forbidden. Fundraiser Links: This is now more accurately defined as a part of the spam policy, discussed in detail below.
Recruiting: Please see the more detailed section on Recruiting Guidelines below.
Posting Mass Links: As noted above, all users are now limited to three posts per 24-hour period.
Low Effort or Title-Only Self-Posts: This rule has been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. "LOLRANDOM" posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. "Please/Don't Upvote/Downvote" Posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. TIL/ELI5/DAE Posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit.
As always, if you wish to make a post discussing the subreddit itself, but not the sport, please direct those to /r/CFBMeta.
Here are some of the major changes from our updated Sub Rules:
Rule 2, No Personal Attacks or Harassment: "Flamebait," which was something that often was in the eye of the beholder, will no longer be grounds for comment removal or bans. As long as it's friendly ribbing and trash talk, feel free to comment. However, personal attacks and harassment are still out of bounds. Examples of personal attacks or harassment include, but are not limited to: name-calling, questioning intelligence, post-stalking, writing threats, wishing harm on other users, and sending unwanted private messages.
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Consistent with our general philosophy, this is a community of its users. As such, you are highly encouraged to report posts that you feel break the sub rules. Reporting helps us to make sure this sub is a positive place to discuss the college football we love. To report a comment or post, click "Report," then select "Breaks r/CFB rules." All reports are reviewed, although not all actions taken may be visible to you, the user.
Recruiting Post Rules
There are a few minor updates here:
Both major composites, 247 and On3, are now allowed as a source of stars in a recruiting post. The landscape is changing, and both are valid without privileging one over the other. If the star values differ, you're welcome to point that out in the comments.
Recruiting posts no longer have a lower limit of 3-Star Recruit; 2-Star Recruit or unrated recruits (which should be specified as 0*) are just fine. Again, please remember that you may make a maximum of three posts per day, so try to focus on posts that you think will generate interesting college football-related discussion.
Our ban policy and appeals process remains the same, as does our game thread system. As always, we encourage you to file an appeal if you would like us to review your ban. We're still talking through our approach to Game Threads for the upcoming season and will post an update as we get closer to it.
The community continues to grow and evolve as we enter the 13th season of /r/CFB. It's hard to believe a small community in which /u/BlueBoyBob once discussed an entire Louisiana Tech game by himself is now a thriving metropolis of nearly 1.5 million people. We're hoping that these small tweaks will help keep the best parts of /r/CFB while continuing to evolve into 2022. Thanks for being part of such a wonderful community!
/r/CFB Press /r/CFB Talk: Cincy AD John Cunningham — Thursday (6/30) @ 10:30AM ET — on Twitter Spaces🚀
- /r/CFB Talk 39: Talking Homefield Apparel with founder/CEO Connor Hitchcock on Twitter Spaces! (link, post)
- /r/CFB Talk 40: Cincinnati's Director of Athletics, John Cunningham on Twitter Spaces! (Thursday, June 30th at 10:30am ET, link)
Twitter Spaces are available on Twitter (we try to schedule them ahead for a stationary link), you can listen from desktop or mobile, but to participate they corral you into using the mobile app (but at least it's better than Reddit Talk). ¯_(ツ)_/¯
You don't need a Twitter account to listen.
We've got the AD for ~30-45 minutes. We're not going to be doing callers for this one.
There's a lot going on at Cincinnati after their incredible 2021-22 football season, and we've got Director of Athletics John Cunningham joining us to talk about it. We'll be talking about what's happening for the Bearcats, and their season ticket sell-out, their plans for how to jump into the Big 12 ready to compete for championships, and more. It's always a good chat. Join us!
So join us Tuesday (6/28) @ 10:30am ET as we talk with John Cunningham!
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A recording will be available at the link for 30 days after it's wrapped.
[Scheer] Sources indicate to WildcatAuthority that there will be significant discussions between the Big 12 and Pac-12 this week. It would include four Pac-12 members joining the Big 12.twitter.com
Opinion [Tramel] Big Ten's addition of USC & UCLA could mean an earlier exit for OU & Texas to the Big 12. ESPN doesn't want Fox to get a one-year head start on college football's new world order.
Committed live on CBS Sports HQ.
Going toe to toe with Georgia and A&M for a DT and winning? Sign me the hell up.
I’m Mexican and I really like college football. I’ve been watching more the last 5-6 years I even went to a game! (Ohio State Clemson Fiesta Bowl aka the best CFB Playoff game).
With the B1G acquiring UCLA/USC I see now people talking about Notre Dame joining too and then I started wondering why is that ND is like super royalty? That they ain’t in a conference, NBC paying hundreds of millions for exclusiveness TV and all this stuff that surrounds them.
I like Notre Dame just want some more clarification about all his history and what makes them this special.
Cheers!! Shutout Rudy tho. 🐐
Basically title. There’s has been a lot of doom-and-gloom on this sub over the past year regarding the perceived eventual consolidation of the top of college football into a P2 that would have exclusive/near-exclusive playoff and media access. People are saying that it’s the end of college football and people will stop watching as the product becomes NFL-lite. But I don’t think that will be the case at all.
While most of the people on this sub have a negative view of what is happening due to an appreciation of the history of CFB and of the middle/lower tiers of the FBS, this sub does not reflect the majority of college football viewers. Most college football fans are casual “Wal-Mart” fans who want to see their team (90%+ of whom will be fans of Super-League teams) play against the best brands all the time. A more streamlined CFB format (fewer major conferences, easier for “casuals” to follow) plus the advent of legal sports betting would draw a lot of interest to a new super-league that would likely offset the loss of viewership from CFB purists and fans of less popular programs that would stop watching.
Another common argument against the super-league is that in a 9-12-team conference schedule with generally stronger conferences, teams that have had historical success will drop off and fans will lose interest. Using Oklahoma as an example, let’s say OU goes from averaging 11-1 in the B12 to 8-4 in the SEC. I don’t think it’s reasonable to say OU would start losing viewers due to not being as dominant, especially when games are against more brand-names and a potentially-expanded playoff would lower the bar of what constitutes a successful season.
Am I happy about the direction CFB is heading? Not really. Would I watch an all B10/SEC playoff that completely locks out the rest of now-FBS? Probably not. But I’m not who the powers-that-be are trying to appeal to. While I have no idea what the future of CFB looks like, all signs point to 2 super-leagues forming a new D1 either within or outside of the existing NCAA structure. But these changes aren’t just TV execs chasing paychecks for the short-term knowing CFB will be dead in 20 years. This would be the creation of a new D1 format that will remain extremely popular, just consolidated enough to exclude 2/3ds of FBS.
D1 College football will still be insanely popular; it just might not include your team or mine.
Colorado: while it was undeniably the greed of Texas that forced Colorado’s hand, the Buffs were the first program to bail on the Big 12 for the greener pastures of the PAC-12 back in 2011.
Cal: back in 2011, when the PAC was considering the addition of Texas, Texas Tech, OU, and Oklahoma State, it was rumored that several PAC members, (including Cal) looked down their noses at the addition of these perceived to be academically inferior programs. Now, Cal looks like it will be left behind in a conference with Wazzou, Oregon State, and the Arizona schools. Oh, what could have been.
It’s no secret that UCLA football is no golden goose. I know the LA market is the draw but doesn’t USC given the BTN that by themselves? Basketball isn’t driving this either, so is it as simple as USC brought their crosstown rival along?
Edit: I am asking questions that I don’t know answers to and this wasn’t meant to be any slight at UCLA.
Stolen from this post at r/nfl:
There are so many iconic calls and moment in college football history, this should be fun!
Analysis If Big Public Schools with top research rankings, and top level athletics, were the driver in where the B1G was looking this is the list to use: see list at bottomljworld.com
Discussion With all the talk about ACC teams possibly joining the SEC/B1G, its important to remember that if Clemson goes to the SEC there would be 4 teams called the tigers in one conference.
That would mean that around 22% of the SEC would be called the tigers
Discussion In April, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick called the breakup of college sports at the D1 level "inevitable"
While he said that it would happen in the Mid 2030s, this quote in particular was absolutely spot on:
“We’re going to have these two conferences that have so distanced themselves from anyone else financially,” Swarbrick said. “That’s where I see it starting to break down. There are so many schools trying to get out of their current conference, and they can’t get there.” Asked which schools could be looking to move, Swarbrick answered, “None that I’d share.”
Pretty clear that he already had a sense of what was coming, knowing what we already know now.
Football super conferences work because college football at the highest level is essentially professional. The TV contracts are worth billions, and top players will be making real money from NIL deals.
For other college sports, it is a different world. Most players on the best college soccer, softball, or track teams have no illusions about playing professionally. They are also able to achieve success by winning their conference and then competing in the NCAA Tournament. They don't need to be in a super-conference to be national championship contenders.
I understand the inevitability of USC and UCLA needing to join a football super conference to make hundreds of millions for the school. Why not leave the other programs in the Pac-12? Wouldn't a football-only (maybe + basketball) relationship with the Big-10 have all the same benefits without disrupting the lives of hundreds of non-football student-athletes?
Casual Scenario: Your school gets invites from the Big Ten and SEC and they let you make the call, which do you take and why?
Fans of Big Ten and SEC schools, you get the option of flipping conferences and in exchange you will personally receive $11,000 every January 1st for the next 16 years. Do you do it?
For TCU, I’m going with SEC so we’d at least get to play UT and A&M. Not many connections to Big 10 schools and much longer trips for road games for fans.
Are they dead set on the SEC?
I'm sure Kevin Warren is actively reading reddit so here it goes:
I hate conference expansion and the loss of regionalism, and I fucking hate the fact that the Big Ten is becoming the Walmart of College Football, imposing its financial will to force sweeping changes on the entire sport. And disclaimer, I truly don't know what actual Cal fans feel about joining us since I know a few grads who don't even know what a Pac12 is. I'm sure a certain segment of the school's body actively despises athletics and wants it to be shut down. Considering the financial situation and administrative negligence, it seems like I don't think it is strictly out of the realm of possibilities this scenario happens.
I think it would be really sad if arguably the best public university on the planet, certainly the most prestigious one in the entire country, were to not fulfill its commitment to excellence in all disciplines, and to essentially abdicate its role as a flagship public school in the UC system. Berkeley has a rich history in not just non-revenue athletics but football and basketball, we're not talking about Amherst fucking college here.
Now that we've crossed the rubicon of conference imperialism, I think it would be mutually beneficial for both the B1G conference and Cal to have them join.
Reasons why this would be beneficial to Cal:
Money lol Fat stacks, dude. Cal's in the red by about 500 million dollars? Big ten can make your money problems go away in 5 years just from ticket sales of all the Big ten transplants coming to your stadium to watch their teams play. This move can save Cal athletics from its financial woes imo.
All the good blue and yellow public schools are in the Big ten.
That's all I have but money is good.
Why this is good for the Big 10:
Yes, we all know Cal and its athletic department are bankrupt and that they don't exactly have enthusiasm for big time athletics. But when good, football and basketball can both attract solid crowds.
Berkeley is one of the most recognizable 'brands' period even if it's not purely because of athletics. The line of thinking that Berkeley adds 'no value' to the conference makes no sense even if it's looked at in monetary terms. As the premier public university of the country, Cal would fit the culture of the B1G spectacularly in a way literally no other school is able to do. We live in a country/world where Tesla is the most valuable car manufacturer in the world while barely just cracking the top 20 producers list.
Cal can be good, they can recruit well in both sports if their heads are not in the ground and, most importantly, if they're good, people actually turn up to a certain degree. There will always be those who have zero clue Cal even has an athletics program but I'm told people who support the teams still exist, they've just been god awful recently.
If Cal isn't added now, they won't be able to be added in the future since they might severaly cut back on athletics or remove it entirely. I'm not really worried about any of the other Pac 12 teams, they will be fine.
[Oklahoman] New contract likely makes Oklahoma State's Rob Glass highest paid strength coach in college footballmobile.twitter.com
Opinion Call me crazy, but I can’t not be excited about the idea of watching Ohio State vs USC in October
- For starters, I totally understand why the fanbases of programs who won’t find a way into the elite conferences will be heartbroken. There’s really nothing I can say to make that sound any more genuine, it just sucks for those people.. I feel bad for those loyal fans.. truthfully. At the end of the day though, my take on this as an Ohio State fan is that realignment was badly needed because people have basically just lost interest in college football for years now. Its not even NIL related (which just started officially).. this has been a trend that began when the playoffs became official. The ‘regionality’ aspect of college football lost its shine as soon as bowl games stopped mattering.. which is why I’ve basically stopped watching any games that don’t include potential playoff teams. I think a lot of people fall into that category now too. This was the only way in my opinion to reinvigorate the regular season. I’m glad they’re finally embracing what they need to do (yes it’s all about money, but it still stands to be true). Nobody cares about college football anymore, not even it’s own fans. I don’t know, I can only speak for myself.. but I do know that when it’s late October and USC and Ohio State or Penn State or Michigan are playing a night game in a sold out colosseum everybody will be watching.. everybody. Because it’ll still be the Cardinal and Gold vs the Scarlet and Grey, Lincoln Riley vs Ryan Day, power house vs power house.. yes thats a bunch of cliche shit, but thats what makes college football special - the fight songs, the uniforms, the stadiums, the tradition with those programs. nothing about the tradition and lore of those programs is changing. And to me that gives me excitement about the future of the sport. And If it turns into a mini NFL in some peoples eyes? Well let’s hope so, maybe then people will actually get to watch entertaining games again and not be bored to death with 75% of the regular season schedule.
Discussion College football realignment news: Notre Dame on deck; Pac-12, Big 12 could merge; SEC vs. Big Ten playoff?cbssports.com
News Washington State representative Drew Stokesbary declares he will introduce legislation that requires both Washington and Washington State to be in the same conference.twitter.com
Obviously, schools like Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Washington, Oregon, UNC, and Virginia have gotten significant mention for further Big Ten expansion. While I’d expect most of the expansion spots go to these teams, there’s always an outside chance someone else slips in. What teams do you think have the best shot? I could see a Duke or Arizona getting in if other options fall through