Realignment Shuffles Plenty Of Conferences
Football- and basketball-driven realignment has left college athletics in a state of great upheaval, and baseball is just along for the ride, like every other sport. Some baseball programs will benefit from the jostling, while others will suffer. Some conferences are getting stronger in baseball, and others are getting weaker. There are plenty more changes on the way over the next few years, and every week seems to bring new rumblings of potential moves that have not yet come to fruition. All college baseball coaches can do is hang on tight and hope for the best. For now, we'll concentrate on what we know for sure: 11 conferences will welcome a total of 20 new teams for the 2013 baseball season. Below, we'll chart all this year's newcomers and break down which teams and conferences stand to gain from the transactions, and which will be worse off.