Thursday, April 24, 2014

Change is Coming: NCAA Board Endorses D-1 Restructuring


Get ready for the power conferences and everyone else. And don't say we didn't warn you, because we've reported on this issue multiple times.

The NCAA's Division 1 Board of Directors has endorsed a restructuring process that will change the way College Football...and a few other sports are structured.

The "change" will essentially move the 5 "Power Conferences" to their own grouping and put the smaller Division 1 schools in their own category. So what you'll have is the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC on their own, everyone else fighting for sloppy seconds.

The proposal would take the 65 schools that comprise those conferences and allow them to provide stipends to players, pay for family travel and a few other things not currently permitted under NCAA rules. And to be perfectly frank, those schools/conferences can afford it. The TV money alone they get, will take care of the cost with plenty left over.

The other 60 or so schools left would be in their still undetermined sub-category, a step above the current FCS (1-AA), we think, but a step below the power schools.

And no, we don't know what this will mean for the allegedly all-inclusive "College Football Playoff".

Read more from RIGHT HERE

It's unfortunate, but an inevitable change in structure that if the report is correct, could be approved by August and probably implemented as early as 2015. And while we hate the idea of the "Rich Getting Richer and the Poor Left on Their Own", it had to happen.

If it forces the SEC teams to stop scheduling the Georgia State's or the Wofford's of the world, then it will help. Realistically, does anyone think a Sun Belt or Conference USA or MAC team could win a National Title in Football.

No, neither do we, which is why unfortunately this change will have to happen.

So stay tuned, we're guessing this would allow the Kings of College Football (no, not Chuck Oliver), to re-do their TV deal with ESPN and make a boat load more money.

It also means that unless you've got some regional cable networks where you live, chances are unless you are a fan or graduate of a "Power Conference" school, you'll never see your team on TV ever again.

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