The days of the NCAA as we know it are numbered -- at least according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Last week it was SEC commissioner Mike Slive taking a few subtle jabs at the NCAA. Yesterday, Bowlsby took those comments one step further.

"I think we all have a sense that transformative change is going to happen," Bowlsby said as he addressed the crowd of reporters at Big 12 media day in Dallas. "This is not a time when trimming around the edges is going to make very much of a difference."

Big 12 commissioner, Bob Bowlsby.

So what exactly does Bowlsby have in mind? While he stopped short of suggesting BCS conference schools break away from the NCAA altogether - Bowlsby suggested that would be a "last resort" - the commissioner suggested BCS conference schools form a new division for only the highest-level football-playing schools.

"We've made it too easy to get into Division I and too easy to stay there," Bowlsby says. "Northern Iowa and Texas aren't much alike."

And he's right. The gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" in college athletics continues to grow. Using Bowlsby's example, the University of Texas generated $163.3 million in revenue in 2011-12. Northern Iowa's revenue from rights and licensing in 2011 was just $2.4 million.

As this article on says, "Get ready, then, for Division 4, where BCS schools are going to set their own rules."

The new division could potentially include new rules on scholarship limits and recruiting. Division 4 schools could even offer student-athletes cash stipends, something smaller Division I schools have always opposed.

Bowlsby even went as far as suggesting BCS schools would only play games amongst themselves, completely cutting out smaller leagues like the Mountain West and Sun Belt.

"I think some kind of reconfiguration of how we govern is in order," says Bowlsby.

And the smaller conferences are starting to accept it.

"It will surprise me if [the BCS conferences] don't get what they want," says Karl Benson, commissioner of the Sun Belt.

Bowlsby's comments are just the beginning, but it appears it's an issue of when, not if, we see big changes in the structure of college athletics.

Everyone knows the top-end college / university athletics is simply big business. It needs to be run that way.
The NCAA has STUDENT Athletes.
The NFL has PROFESSIONAL Athletes.

Our society needs and deserves this distinction. Ask an athlete who is also a plaintiff and their legal team. Most paid athletes will trade injuries for dollars to play and students who are smart, are enrolled for an education. The leadership of these two industries should agree to give rise to another channel that fits everyone's needs so that each can operate their intended area with maximum impact. The NCAA has discussed a farm team system with similar controls in place outside of amateurism, but that system would hurt revenue. The NFL is at the top of the revenue pyramid, but it is looking for the wisdom to solve major problems within the game of football. It's not time for more toys or sand. It's time for a bigger sandbox.
BCS is a monopoly. It is anti-competitive and needs to go. If the BCS teams exclude state (or private) entities from competing, they will not get the favorable anti-trust exemption that baseball enjoys--there are 100 senators in the US senate, and most are NOT from BCS-bound schools/states.
The NCAA was formed by the universities and colleges as a universal governing body to create a level playing field and give all student athletes a far shot at a successful college career. Unfortunately, they overstepped their charter when they began to dictate what mascots schools are allowed and who has the right to what image. If the Association went back to its reason for existence, it would still have a place in today's college athletics (schools should be kept in check on recruiting and 'perks' for players). If it continues to dictate policy, all the schools who helped put it in place should withdraw support and reform a
Well - sorry for the incomplete thought.
The schools should re-form a new advisory board with the same charter as the NCAA to ensure no school can create an environment of privilege for athletes.
Anne Marrie
The NCAA was formed by teddy Roosevelt to stop some of the corruption in college football.