This strikes me as being a fairly big deal.
The NCAA will look this summer at retooling its Division I governance structure amid what some officials say is growing sentiment to further split its top football-playing schools.
Now there’s some mealy-mouthed bullshit falling from Emmert’s mouth about how this has nothing to do with changing the competitive format of D-1, but let’s face it – if the big boys are given free rein to govern themselves, does anybody really think that’s good news for San Jose State? Just do the math.
… The NCAA has operated in its current structure for nearly 3 1/2 decades. The more than 1,000 school association formed Divisions I, II and III in 1973, and separated the football-playing members of Division I into what now are known as the bowl and championship subdivisions in 1978.
Disparities in the 120-member bowl subdivision have grown increasingly pronounced since then. Individual schools’ athletics revenues ranged from $3.8 million to nearly $144 million in 2010, according to the NCAA, prompting the less wealthy to lean more heavily on student fees and other institutional subsidization to try to stay competitive.
Once the split becomes official, look for major changes in how D-1 football operates, since the major conferences will be free to act on several fronts without worrying about sharing with the small fry. (Then, the $64,000 question will become what happens to the basketball tourney, but I’ll leave that for others to fret over.)