With the new rules surrounding the NIL and no oversight, as well as the new rule giving all players the ability to transfer at once without penalty, coaches across the country have to deal with things they didn’t have to worry about. In the past.
Furthermore, there are very real concerns about the growing revenue gaps in the sport. The SEC and the Big Ten are set to sign new TV deals in the near future, which will see schools at those conferences bring in more than double the TV revenue that ACC schools generate.
Clemson’s coach, Dabo Sweeney, scored an indication that the current model is not sustainable. Several other coaches, including Nick Saban of Alabama, have expressed similar concerns.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the sport’s future, Clemson Sports Director Graham Neff believes there is no better time than now to make real changes to the sport.
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“There is a lot of momentum, you know, now is the time, and what it looks like structurally for college athletics, and for Division I,” Neff said recently. Packer and Durham Show. “There seems to be quite a bit of momentum now, that change is needed, for many obvious reasons, and now is the time.”
What this change actually looks like, no one really knows at this point. However, Neff said he could envision a scenario in which there would be a complete break from the NCAA.
“From an industry point of view, or from a Power-5 point of view, you know, what it looks like.” Nev said. “There have been a lot of options and discussions and there are still a lot of questions to be answered. But I think if there is one thing that has a lot of engagement around our league, but now is the time. It is a window to make change.”
ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips recently echoed those same sentiments, telling Ken Seguera, of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that a full break is something to explore.
Phillips said: “I’m just going to say this, I think it’s time to look at alternative models of football. If we’re going to do something, and you’ve heard about the future of football, taking care of this sport of football, now is the time to do it. This is the time to do it.” So, when you reorganize a structure like the NCAA, what do you do with football? Do you need to manage it separately? Do you need a governance structure? These are questions we have to ask ourselves.”
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