Looks like they're still talking realignment at Big 12 media days. But this one's not aimed at Nebraska.
The folks at UNO, however, may want to pay attention.
During his press conference Monday, Big 12 Commish Bob Bowlsby discussed the mess that is the NCAA. One of the solutions he mentioned was the creation of a “super division” or “super conference” of big-boy schools. Some are calling it “Division 4.”
This idea has been discussed for at least 40 years, but not enough big-boy schools have ever been mad enough at the NCAA to actually break apart. That may be changing.
Bowlsby and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive have been open about this. It will be interesting to see how Big Ten boss Jim Delany handles this one on Wednesday when he speaks at Big Ten media days in Chicago.
The major conferences want to run their own lives, with their own rules. If the big boys want to pay players, why should they let MAC or Missouri Valley schools — who can't afford it — to vote it down? Or, why should Northern Iowa tell Alabama what to do?
The five major leagues would run their own business, from scholarship limits to enforcement to negotiating deals with the video game people.
The money quote from Bowlsby was: “We've made it too easy to get into Division I. And too easy to stay there.”
Good morning, Trev Alberts.
This will not happen overnight. This may never happen. But the climate has never been hotter, and the NCAA leadership never more vulnerable. Bowlsby essentially called for new NCAA leadership, too.
Realignment is the storm that keeps brewing. And Omaha has been the Tornado Alley of college realignment.
The question for Creighton and UNO is, would this just be for football?
Or would Division 4 have its own basketball tournament including only big-boy football schools?
I have to believe the Big East would be included in a future realigned tourney. The Missouri Valley? Who knows? Creighton's move to the Big East might turn out to be more significant then anyone could have guessed.
But this is the sort of conversation that will turn some stomachs at UNO, where it did an extreme makeover in athletics to market itself as a player in Division I.
In Bowlsby's world, the remainder of Division I would become the old Division II. Or, I-AA.
I'm not saying the Revolution is coming. But this conversation is not going away. The folks at UNO might want to find some ear plugs.
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