The major conferences have decided that, divisions, schmivisions, who cares about that. After all, what’s in a name? Rather, they’re letting their inner Nick Sabans run free. They simply don’t have time for the smaller schools’ shit anymore.
The drumbeat for schools to break away from the NCAA or create a so-called Division 4 has faded away. Perlman said there’s an aim to essentially get a separate set of rules within the current NCAA structure for high-revenue schools. This would mean that Maine’s athletic department, with its inherent fiscal limitations, will not be able to vote to limit what USC can spend.
“We want to be able to administer, legislate and govern our affairs without having to achieve a consensus among all the rest of schools not as directly impacted as we are,” Perlman said.
This would mark a significant shift in the NCAA governance model, as under the current structure Ohio State and Texas follow the same set of rules as Buffalo and New Mexico. This has happened despite a revenue gap that can be upwards of $100 million annually. There’s a notion among presidents and athletic directors that there’s no need for these schools to separate from the NCAA, as they’ve already separated themselves with their budgets, television networks and the salaries they pay their coaches.
The wolves are tired of the squirrels telling them how to fix dinner. But they’re still willing to use the same kitchen with a little remodeling.