I guess it cannot happen today based on how NIL rules are supposed to apply, but what if things changed that allowed the below to occur? Could it change the landscape of who are the "haves" and "have not" in college sports?
- the wealthiest universities decided to go independent or create a super conference of the wealthy/elite universities based on surplus and endowments
- they then used their large surpluses and endowments to fund NILs to attract the best talent and field the strongest programs in sports
- they then rely on the television contracts that they negotiate to help sustain funding
- per the WSJ link below, outside of the Ivy League, these schools would include Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Rice, Texas, California, Michigan, Florida, Virginia, Penn State, Texas A&M, Washington, Ohio State, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Colorado, North Carolina, etc