- Oct 5, 2019
Though I'm not very familiar, I think European Premier Futbol does something like that where teams can "bubble up" or "sink" in the tier system depending on their performance.You don't give the NCAA an option. They don't have cards to play. They cannot make demands when the P 4/5 conferences are also by far the most lucrative in basketball too.
And there are ways to structure that leave the conferences in tact.
Missouri HS sports are weird. They have conferences and conference champions but they reclassify schools every year. The last few games of the football season are essentially play in games for a 4 round playoff. They have to be played against "district" teams that are defined by the annual reclass. Something similar might work for the "big" football schools. Let's say there's 40 of them. They would still play conference games to compete for the conference championship. But they would have 4 or 5 games against the "big 40" to play their way into an 8 game playoff following the conference championship games. Only those 4 or 5 games would count toward the play-in record even if you played more games against those big 40.
Ostensibly, Vandy could win the SEC but would not be part of the Big 40... and could not play for the top level NC.
The simplest way would be to scrap the traditional conferences for football. But there are other ways that it can be made to work.
I can see this. The incentive to rise up is in the "cut" of each level. Better performance = more money.
The issue, of course, remains the "parity controls" or moving up becomes extremely difficult.