Article out of Birmingham discussing possibility of future NCAA D-1 changes at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012 ... i_wea.html
"I would suspect there's going to be either another subdivision or a separate division itself," Dempsey said. "Control and money are the driving forces."
That's what I said years ago.
I can't argue with the general idea.
At this point, it seems very simple:
* You get Louisville and BYU in the Big 12...the two clearly "BCS" level schools within the generla B12 footprint
* You get Uconn and Rutgers in the ACC to lock up the east coast, specifically the northeast (lots of TVs) as the ACC with the southern portion split fairly evenly with the SEC (SC/Clemson, UG/GT, Miami & FSU/UF).
And that's it.
Yes, there are schools left out. And if the day ever comes where there is a massive improvement out west at places like Nevada, UNLV, UNM, etc...and these markets blow up, schools improve in academics, etc...I'm sure the Pac-12 would give a look if it were a sound business investment.
As for the Big East: remove Rutgers and it's the old CUSA plus Uconn who didn't have FBs football, and 2 FB only MWC schools.
So you've got your Premiere Division of the top 66 programs. Since football is the driver, that is the key. However, it would be interesting to see what happens in basketball. There is plenty of money there. There's no reason why these schools couldn't use their power in basketball as well, changing the setup of the basketball tourney to, perhaps, drop the autobids. Plain and simple: just invite the top 64 schools each year. This means that a 17-11 SEC school will not be left out in favor of some ASun, MEAC school that gets in as a 16 seed and is a 25 point underdog. Tell me that a 17-11 Mississippi program as a 16 seed playing a #1 seed Duke is going to be a 25 point underdog. If Xavier is ranked #12 in the county, of course they get in. If St. Marys has a strong RPI, they're a lock to. If Tulane had a strong season, losing on 7-8 games, they're in too. Drop the autobids, and the best schools get in. The early round games will have closer point spreads. There WILL be more "upsets". You WILL see #16 seeds beating #1 seeds and #15 wins over #2 won't be so rare where in a weekend when there are 2, it's considered a shocker like this year. #15 Maryland could dominate a #2 Michigan St. but you'll never see Jackson St. beat UNC be double digits in a 15 vs 2.
You've got the next tier of MWC, CUSA, SB, MAC, WAC in what would be the next football tier.
Then FCS wraps up the last of D1 before the next tiers of D2 and D3.