Major college football will eventually cease to be part of the NCAA.
That idea was reportedly mooted during a recent Zoom meeting between the 11 college presidents and chancellors who, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, make up the board of the College Football Playoffs. During the call, the group discussed revising the way college football is governed with the possibility of the sport being overseen outside of the NCAA, according to the report.
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Sources told ESPN that the “most logical” replacement would be the CFP, which was also discussed on the conference call.
Still, it was also clear that talks are in the early stages, no changes are “imminent” and that the discussion specifically on removing college football from the NCAA lasted about five minutes.
Still, the conversation was the first in a group that would be able to implement such a plan. The CFP also appears to be most likely to govern college football if it strays outside of NCAA governance. The group that makes up the CFP Governing Board includes Presidents of the 10 major conferences and Rev. John Jenkins of Notre Dame.
Meanwhile, members of the College Football Playoff Management Committee, which meets more regularly and is made up of the 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swabrick, were down, according to the report.
According to ESPN, the call also discussed the possible appearance of future College Football Playoff models once the current contract expires after the 2025 season.