Amid seismic change throughout college sports, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips is calling for an examination of college football’s need for the NCAA.
“I’ll just say this: I think it’s time for us to look at alternative models for football, outside of maybe what we have right now,” Phillips said Wednesday. “If we’re ever going to do something – and I hear about the future of football and taking care of the sport of football – this is the time to do it. This is the time to do it, when you’re reorganizing a structure like the NCAA. ”
Phillips was speaking on Day 3 of ACC spring meetings after football coaches had already wrapped up their sessions. Thursday is the final day of spring meetings.
Phillips, who took over as commissioner in February of 2021, said he does not see any imminent break-off coming between the power conferences and the NCAA, but he drove home the point that football may have grown too big for the NCAA’s Britches.
“What are you doing with the sport of football?” Phillips continued. “Does it need to be managed separately? Do you need to have a governance structure? Those are questions we should be asking ourselves. And when I say the sport of football, I’m really talking about the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame. Those are the conferences that have said we are committed to this type of resourcing. Some do it less, but a minimum of 85 scholarships and then everybody else decides how much more they want to do, whether it’s in their stage or resources or salaries are those kinds of commitment.
“And that’s what I want to do and I think we’re going to do collaboratively. We want to do it collaboratively with the other conference commissioners to just kind of explore what should we do. And we’ve had some of those conversations already . But we need to have more of those conversations as we look at the next six, eight, 10, 12 months about the sport of football. ”
Phillips also said that changes to the ACC’s football scheduling model will be voted on in the near future, with the 3-5-5 model – in which teams have three permanent annual league opponents and a rotating cast of five every year – being the arrangement the league will vote on.
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