fighting muskie wrote:
USAToday article with comments from ACC Commish regarding "possibility" of significant NCAA restructuring as early as next January.Link at http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nc ... on/2574369
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So how do you split? Would this be a new subdivision inside Division I for only football (or football and basketball. If basketball as well, does the Big East come along for the ride?)? You can't do a straight split for several sports. Hockey is the first one that comes to mind. I only count nine BCS (sorry, Power Five) schools with men's hockey. Only ten schools have men's lacrosse.
I think what the Power 5 might essentially propose doing is withdrawing the football and possibly men's basketball programs from NCAA competition and creating a new umbrella organization to govern those two sports. I would expect sports like hockey, lacrosse, baseball, track, etc to all stay within the NCAA. There is definitely nothing in the NCAA rule book that requires a school to play football to be an NCAA member and I doubt there is anything in print that mandates men's basketball either--its just kind of a given that everyone in the NCAA plays men's basketball.
If men's basketball were to leave the NCAA things might get kind of dicey though. While the title winner in football from "The Power 5 Athletic Association" is clearly the best team in the country. A NCAA champion from the Big East or one of the high mid-majors like Gonzaga, Wichita St, or the American Conference might be able to claim that their men's basketball team was better than the one crowned by the "Power 5 Athletic Association."
muskie: every D1 schools plays basketball, and I think every D2 schools does too (but I'm not 100% sure on that), but I know there are D3 schools like UT-Brownsville that don't plays Men's basketball.
I have a feeling if this happened, it would be for most of the main 7 sports that are typically sponsored by most schools (maybe they even require them for membership) because they would have to spend the same amount on women to offset the men so these would most likely split from the NCAA...
Football=W Soccer & W Volley
M Basketball=W Basketball
Baseball=Softball (could stay with NCAA but due to the CWS's recent popularity in the ratings I think they'd bring it along for the ride too)
These could go either way as most schools sponsor these...
M/W Track/field, M/W Cross country, M/W Tennis, M/W Golf
And these most likely would stay...
M Soccer, M/W Swimming, M/W LAX, M/W Ice Hockey, W Field Hockey, M Wrestling, W Gymnastics, W Rowing/Crew, W Rifle/Bowling/etc.
So if they do split from the NCAA and hold their own 32 teams March Madness Tourney...do they invite a few more conferences to join them that don't play fb for their bball tourney and CWS? And if so where do they draw the line? Here's my thoughts...
Non fb adds most likely in: Big East, WCC, A10, MVC
On the Bubble: MAAC, SoCon, AmEast
First Out: Big West Southland, Big South, Horizon, OVC, Big Sky
No Shot: HBUs (SWAC/MEAC) Old Guard (Ivy/Patriot) Bottom Feeders (ASun/WAC/NEC/Summit).
All that said if you're adding the "On the Bubble" schools it seems weird to leave out the AAC and the MWC and blackballing and bunch of good basketball schools...same goes for the MAC/CUSA to a lesser extent and makes you wonder if schools like UNLV, New Mexico, SDSU, Utah St, Temple, WKU, Memphis, UConn, Old Dominion, Charlotte would drop football (or at least try to get fb only deal) to be able to be invited back into a conference like the A10 in order to play their primary sport with the Big 5 Schools and company.
Fan of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and...