A couple of proposed changes being considered by the NCAA’s Division I Transformation Committee sure seem like manna from heaven for the SEC.
Personnel limitations: This change would eliminate the limit on the number of coaches who may be employed by an institution, and it may or may not be paired with a concept to eliminate all personnel designations (volunteer coach, grad assistant, analyst, etc.). Schools could pay for as many full-time assistant coaches as they can afford. And little things like who is or isn’t allowed to wear a headset during games wouldn’t matter anymore.
Team financial aid limits: This may not be fully fleshed out until later in the summer because it would require corresponding legislation regarding limits on roster size by sport. But the idea would be that conferences or schools could decide to offer as many full scholarships for as many sports as they can afford. If you really want to be good at baseball, you can put every single player on the baseball roster on a full scholarship. The thinking behind this idea is simply: If college athletics is supposed to be about opportunities for young adults, then why are there arbitrary caps on team financial aid in any sport? If you can afford it, you can do more. This would be a significant shift for a league like the SEC, whose schools are set to receive more money than anyone else in annual distributions from media rights deals and sponsor fewer sports than their peers in the Big Ten or Pac-12. Basically, the idea is schools could decide which sports they want to invest most in to be nationally competitive…
(With regard to the latter, my understanding is that wouldn’t apply to college football.)
Nick Saban with an unlimited budget for full-time assistants? Can you imagine how many people ‘Bama would flood the recruiting market with? Or, for that matter, Georgia? And that’s before you even get to the concept of rich schools simply raiding their less financially blessed brethren to poach good coaches.
Yeah, the transfer portal and NIL are going to be the death of college football as we know it.