It’s no secret that many find the NCAA dysfunctional. It’s bad enough that even the organization itself knows something needs to be done soon to get its act together. (As to what that something is, we’re still waiting to hear.) The question I’ve got is whether the natives are beginning to get restless. And this shot across the bow fired by Jim Delany makes me think that perhaps some are.
… Simmering in the background is speculation that failure to find common ground now could lead the 60-some richest and most prestigious programs — all powered by football — to break away to conduct their affairs as they see fit.
Starting with the Big Ten’s Jim Delany and Southeastern’s Mike Slive, who run the colleges’ two dominant conferences, officials insist that’s not on any agenda. “Don’t blame structure,” Delany says, “until you have a group of core presidents, athletic directors, commissioners and coaches who are willing to embrace real change” and are shot down.
“At that juncture,” he says, “then I think it’s fair to look at how else you get it.”
We’re moving closer to the day when Delany and Slive, plus those who choose to align with them, threaten to take their ball home if the NCAA doesn’t embrace what they want. (And if you don’t think they’re already in the process of making a list and checking it twice, you’re more clueless than Mark Emmert.) Can the mid-majors live with what the big boys want? Stay tuned.