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As an alumnus of the University at Buffalo (Class of 1973) I'm convinced that the NCAA needs to sanction a new football-only conference for the bottom feeders of college football. I would call it the Self-Esteem League where victory-challenged programs like UB could be assigned by the NCAA to experience winning and regain their sense of self worth and accomplishment. Here is my concept for the league made up of North and South divisions. Winners of each division would meet in a championship game, get a neat trophy (and a nice paycheck) and be promoted up to a higher conference the following year.

North Division:

UB (1-8), Mid-American Conference. Fans deserve a respite from MAC whoopings.

Temple (1-8), Big East. Getting banished from their own conference.

Penn State (2-7), Big Ten. Give JoePa one last winning season.

Army (2-6), Conference USA. Save taxpayers' money on travel.

Columbia (1-7), Ivy League. Increases league IQ.

Dartmouth (0-8), Ivy League. See Columbia.

South Division:

Duke (1-8), Atlantic Coast. Coach K don't do football.

Vanderbilt (2-7), Southeast Conference. "Commodores" in the middle of Tennessee?

Norfolk State (1-7), Mid-Eastern Conferance. Lost to Div. II Virginia State.

Central Florida (0-9), Mid-American. Need its stadium for the championship game.

The Citadel (2-6), Southern Conference. Military school, cool parades.

Virginia Military Institute (0-10), Big South. See The Citadel.

For the thousands of long-suffering fans of these institutions, I think the time has come to allow them at least one season in the sun. How about it, NCAA?

John Kurec

Williamsburg, Va.

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