Jon Solomon has a good follow-up on the story that the NCAA is going to take a look at severing some D-1 schools from the current governance structure over the division. It’s been coming for a long time.
The haves, meanwhile, will continue to spend because they can negotiate their own lucrative TV deals, thanks to a landmark 1984 Supreme Court decision. They will dictate terms in the football playoff talks because they possess the teams the public wants to see. And they will want NCAA rules that serve their interests, believing there are too many schools playing Division I football as it is.
There’s some kind of separation coming. Bank on it. The only question may be whether the NCAA as we know it survives the split.
Of course, if it doesn’t, there’s always the familiar last refuge.
“That was discussed even in 1996: ‘If we can’t have control of the (NCAA voting) structure, we’ll do our own thing,’” Dempsey recalled. “I think to accomplish their goals, the threat will always be there.”
But Dempsey warns of consequences if the haves break away from the NCAA and stage their own basketball tournament.
“I think many schools would go to Congress and seek their involvement,” Dempsey said. “I’m not sure the institutions want to go into the political arena and get Congress involved…”