Fast-forward to 2012 when the new conference alignments begin play. The Pac-16, the new Big-16 (formerly the Big-10), the SEC, the East-16 (former schools of the Big East and ACC), the West-10 (the remaining schools of the former Big-12 and WAC), and Notre Dame.
How will the NCAA play into this picture?
Perhaps they don't.
Obviously the unspoken reason for these schools wanting to form mega-conferences is to chase the almighty dollar, but could this also be a run at bringing down the archaic beast better known as the NCAA?
As we sit back and wait and see, let's take a look at a projected look of these future mega-conferences, how they would be governed, and how eventually they would phase out the NCAA.