What do you do if you finish in a four-way tie for first place in a conference you no longer even want to be in?
You act hyper-proud of your team’s Belk Bowl victory and give all your players expensive, ornate championship rings, of course.
On the final day of the regular season, Louisville and Rutgers played in what amounted to a Big East championship game. Louisville won and went on to beat Florida in the BCS Sugar Bowl.
However, we’re not seeing Louisville’s Big East championship rings here, but rather those of the Cincinnati Bearcats, who have also used the rings to celebrate 125 years of existence. Why? Because the Bearcats finished with a 5-2 in-conference record, the same as Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse.
Well, Rutgers is heading to the Big Ten and both Louisville and ‘Cuse are off to the ACC — so maybe Cincy should just have been given rings out of sheer loyalty.