If you have been listening the the Conference Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences this week you have probably heard the Power 5 Conference Commissioners sounding the death knell of the FBS as we know it.
The schools who have big money and would like to pay stipends to players cannot do so, under the current NCAA rules this would have to be approved by a majority of NCAA schools. The Power 5 may have the power in big money football but they are still a voting minority in all things NCAA.
Within the next year that will most likely change. Currently there are two solutions the Power 5 have in mind to work within the NCAA frame work:
(1) A new Division (D4)
(2) A new Sub Division (no names floating around… but it could easily be the College Football Playoff Subdivision)
Should the little people (have nots, Mid Majors) stand in the way of either of these scenarios being put into place by the Power 5, there is a last resort scenario.
The Power 5 removing themselves entirely from the NCAA and forming their own Association with no ties to the NCAA.
Regardless of which of the 3 scenarios come to pass (and one of them most surely will) the changes will likely be in place by July 1 2014.
Consequently there will likely be very significant scheduling restrictions on all Power 5 teams and they will likely have no teams outside the power 5 on their football schedules, as one possibility and no FCS teams as another.
So who will be the new cream puffs for out of conference scheduling?
Cellar Dwellers in all 5 (power 5) conferences from last year:
Wake Forrest 5-7
Washington State 3-9
Boston College 2-10
There will no doubt be some mid majors clawing kicking and screaming trying to get into the Power 5 before the deed is done.
The carnage of next spring will probably be quicker and more far reaching than all conference realignment moves combined to date.
The most obvious questions will be WHEN this move takes place will BYU, Boise State, Cincinnatti, be in or will they be OUT.