With so many rule changes over the past year, college football is changing rapidly.
With the new rules surrounding NIL and the absence of any oversight, as well as the new rule giving all players the ability to transfer once without penalty, head coaches across the country are having to deal with things they don’t. never had to worry. in the old days.
On top of that, there are very real concerns about the growing income gaps in sport. The SEC and Big Ten are both set to sign new TV deals in the near future, which would see schools participating in these conferences bring in more than double the amount of TV revenue generated by ACC schools. .
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has publicly stated that the current model is unsustainable. Many other head coaches, including Alabama’s Nick Saban, expressed similar concerns.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the sport, Clemson athletic director Graham Neff thinks there’s no better time than now to bring real change to the sport.
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“A lot of momentum around, you know, this is the time, and what it looks like structurally for college athletics, for the Premier League,” Neff said recently on The Packer and Durham show. “There just seems to be a lot of momentum right now, there has to be change, for a lot of obvious reasons, and now is the time.”
What this change actually looks like, no one really knows at this point. However, Neff said he could consider a scenario in which there is a complete break with the NCAA.
“From an industry perspective, or from a Power-5 perspective, you know, what does that look like.” Neff said. “There have been a lot of options and discussions and there are still a lot of unanswered questions. But I think if there is one thing that has a lot of coalescence not only in our league but in the industry, Now is the time. Now is the window to make the change.”
ACC commissioner Jim Phillips recently echoed those same sentiments, telling Ken Seguira of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that a full break is something that should be explored.
“I’ll just say this, I think it’s time to look at alternative models for football,” Phillips said. football, now is the time to do it. It’s time to do it, when you reorganize a structure like the NCAA, what do you do with the sport of football? Should it be managed separately? Do you need a governance structure? These are questions we should ask ourselves. »
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