DMN opinion piece suggesting that if AAC member SMU cannot keep up with D-1 FB player compensation that it should consider either dropping down one or two FB divisions or eliminate scholarship FB altogether and concentrate on D-1 BB.If they would do something like that what D-1 BB only conference would they be interested in?Link at http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnew ... quest.html
The content certainly renders a pessimistic outlook pertaining to SMU. But SMU is not alone in having to cope with the increasing struggles of schools in sports outside the defined P5.
While the P5 have the vast amount of distributed money and the backing to major players such as networks, bowls, and advertisers; the G5 and others outside the P5 really dropped the ball on all this. On some stuff, the G5 could have called the bluff on some P5 assertions. While they'll lose in the short-term, the G5, as a group need to stop cooperating in scheduling with the P5. Don't be fodder in exchange for money. P5 need G5 for their agenda in multiple sports, including fb.
While the P5 has political power, G5 schools are also in congressional districts. They need to demand congressional inquiries and file anti-trust suits. The dirty secret is that the G5 and the like have been feeding on P5 scraps for so long, they have been conditioned and addicted to being totally subservient.
The services academies are part of the G5/independents. They certainly have political power in speaking up.
The compensation of players movement need not turn into a P5 vs G5 fight of which the G5 shall naturally lose. Rather, let it be a battle within the P5 itself. There will be P5 schools that will show resistance and the lack of means to adapt significant player compensations; and already, there are some major conference divisions festering on this issue.
What the major conferences have done is define who are entitled; which are themselves. They don't want new conferences or a host of new schools added to the mix. They've defined it as 65 schools, and will continue to create conditions whereby those outside this group will lack the means, revenue, and influence, to open the door. There was a reason not to treat BYU, for example, as a OOC power game.
The biggest failure is the NCAA, a group supposed to have been representing the interests of 'all' of them. Their propensity in favoring certain schools and conferences diminished their credibility. They have a long record of not being even-handed in investigating corruption and administering sanctions. They were reactive as to the long complaints of P5 schools, rather than being proactive in administering needed reforms. They've allowed outside forces, with the enticement of contracted money, dictate changes contrary to stability as well as abolishing the concept of reasonable equity in opportunity.
P5 wants to be NFL-'light', a dangerous path whereby they get blinded in purpose while chasing the almighty dollar down the river of no return.