Michigan State's Mark Hollis (right) is considered one of the most forward-thinking athletic directors there is. He was the brains behind the Carrier Classic, and now because it was such a bloody brilliant success, we'll have two teams play on an aircrafter carrier every season for the forseeable future.
He's tangibly added great things to college sports.
Hollis isn't done coloring outside college basketball's lines. He's on to his next dream: sending Michigan State to play overseas. Greece, specifically. You know, Spartans and all. Greece. Yeah, Greece!
Michigan State adventuring out to Attica ties in with the Big Ten-Pac-12 relationship, which became official earlier this week. Hollis particularly wants Trojans vs. Spartans, USC vs. Michigan State, in Athens.
Are you not entertained by the possibility?
"We've been talking about Greece for a while," Hollis told the Lansing State-Journal, because of course he's been "talking about Greece." When you're Mark Hollis, you do not talk about Evanston, Ill., or West Lafayette, Ind. You talk about Greece. You talk about aircraft carriers. I'm sure Reykjavik is in some other equation. Hollis wants the game at Panathinaiko Stadium, which is too small for a football game, but suited for hoops, especially on TV.
More from the Lansing State-Journal:
Along with the basketball game in Greece, Hollis has other ideas for games and venues. He's thinking about basketball games in the Rose Bowl and Dodger Stadium. He has thought about having multiple basketball games going on at once, perhaps in a venue such as Ford Field -- and perhaps with the Big Ten Network providing coverage one game, the Pac-12 Network another and CBS another.Mulitple games at once inside a venue seems like a catastrophe, but everything else, sure, why not? The Greek game would have to be the first of the year, obviously, since so much travel and time and production would be involved. It'd be something, though. It might even surpass the Carrier Classic's cosmetic appeal, which seems impossible.
The TV portion of the partnership will provide "more inventory," Hollis said, and that should mean more money for both conferences.
But Mark Hollis looks at the impossible and then eats it for breakfast.