Powerful group seeks to transform college football and eliminate traditional conference structure


CINCINNATI – Powerful names are trying to make big changes in college football.

The Athletic's Andrew Marchand and Stewart Mandel report that a group called College Sports Tomorrow is trying to recruit 70 power conference schools (all five current members of the old five-conference model, plus new ACC members SMU and Notre Dame). to get together for a football super league.

The 20-person group, including Brian Rolapp, manager of the NFL's No. 2 team, and David Blitzer, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, wants the entire FBS to be restructured into a tiered system that would keep the 70 power schools (including Cincinnati) permanently in The top division anchors a 10-team relegation bracket for the remaining non-power FBS programs.

These programs would move up and down between tiers 2 and 3, similar to European soccer, with the power schools never advancing to the second tier.

The postseason would then begin with the eight division winners and the eight second-place teams forming a 16-team playoff. It is a brave idea that the university administration does not jump out of the door because of TV contracts or other reasons.

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