One ring to rule them all

The Pac-12 commissioner has an idea and I’m sure it has nothing to do with Greg Sankey’s dominance ($$).

Does college football need the NCAA to run the sport? Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff doesn’t think so. He also doesn’t believe he’s alone.

“We have to be realistic about the fact that football is a unique animal among the rest of the college sports and that there are conferences that should be more aligned and should be more in control of the future of high-level college football,” Kliavkoff told The Athletic on Friday.

“I’ve had conversations with several of the FBS commissioners, and I’ve been surprised by the unanimous support for the idea among the folks that I’ve spoken to about taking football rule-making and football rule enforcement out of the NCAA and investing it in an organization that is run by the 10 (FBS) conferences.”

He doesn’t know the feelings of the commissioners he hasn’t spoken with yet, of course.  I’m sure this will go over well with the head of the SEC:

“The way I think about it is: Control of everything related to college football with the exception of the media rights during the regular season would vest in one organization — setting the rules, enforcing the rules and running the postseason,” Kliavkoff said.

“Everything” is doing some very heavy lifting there, especially when you consider it includes the CFP.  Yeah, I bet Sankey is all for ceding his power and humbly submitting himself to the will of the other nine commissioners.


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5 responses to “One ring to rule them all

  1. 79dawg

    Not sure why you think this would involve Sankey ceding power – as the Golden Rule says, “He who has the gold makes the rules”….

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    • If Sankey gets the head job and the number of conferences is knocked down to six, you’ve got your expanded playoff deal, top TV contract, and maybe a way to standardizing NIL and transfers. I think it’s the little guys who will resist the most until they get paid-off and their own playoff in December maybe using some of the bowls in the package.


  2. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    It’s an interesting article. George is very ambitious. But I find this key excerpt from the article to be a telling caveat: “Kliavkoff was not naïve; he knew he was walking into a rapidly changing environment. He understood that he’d be learning on the fly, having never worked in college sports before.

    I thought he has grand ideas, but not much in the way of details. We’ll see.


    • Down Island Way

      If the pac 12 at night commish knew the headquarters of this new organization is going to be located in b’ham, he will no doubt, opt out…

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  3. DIW is right, the little hobbits and dwarf kings won’t play nice in the middle earth mega conference once they realize Bham will become the new Mordor…

    Pardon me while I go pressure wash the Nerd off of me.