The SEC had their annual conference meeting in Destin, Fla., and commissioner Mike Slive let the NCAA know that if they didn’t give the power five conferences some autonomy, the SEC would part ways with Division I and form their own division. It has been obvious over the past few years that the major conferences, particularly the SEC, are not content with some of the rules set out by the NCAA.
This was a power move by Slive, who believes that the power five conferences should have the right to create their own rules. Not only does Slive believe that the SEC is not content with the current rules and regulations laid out by the NCAA, but the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 are also in discontent. The biggest concern is the well-being of student athletes.
Slive was obviously threatening the Division I board of directors, who are set to vote on an autonomy plan for the member schools of the Big 5. The major conferences want to have the ability to look out for their student athletes. Unfortunately, every rule change brought up has been denied by the NCAA. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a new Division 4 to be formed, which would completely change the landscape of college football.
The issue has been inevitable for a while now, and Slive is making a last-ditch effort to get the NCAA to agree to the major conferences’ requests. It’s hard to see the board of directors passing the vote come August. Don’t be surprised when the NCAA goes from three divisions to four. This would give the members of the new division the ability to create their own rules.