NCAA Fallout: Could The SEC Step in and Run Division I Football?

John SmithCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2010

The NCAA shows that even they can't stop Cam Newton, even if he violated one of their rules
The NCAA shows that even they can't stop Cam Newton, even if he violated one of their rulesKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

With all due respect to Mark Emmert and the NCAA, is it time to give serious thought into giving the responsibilities of running Division I Football to someone else?

In the recent Ohio State and Cam Newton debacles, the NCAA has shown that their rules and regulations don’t get enforced, and they make up rules and punishments as they go along that are in their own best interests.

Would “I didn’t know,” or “I didn’t receive adequate education,” hold up in a court of law? If I broke the law, could I say that I was unaware of my actions and that I wasn’t educated properly about the said regulations?

I would just be given a slap on the wrist. Not a chance in the world, but why is the NCAA allowing this bogus defense? At this point, what the NCAA is doing is downright criminal. 

USC will now be able to use the NCAA’s own statements against them when they appeal their penalties for the Reggie Bush case.

But who holds the NCAA accountable for their actions? Is there another organization or association that can come in and do a better job at running Division I football?

I am not reporting that this is happening. I am not saying that this will happen. I am not saying that the NCAA should dissolve, but that they should give the responsibility of running big-time college football to someone else. I am simply stating that this is just something to think about.

The NCAA is in charge of administering over one hundred championships in many sports and divisions. Division I football is the only one that does not have a championship, but the argument here isn’t about a playoff.

The Southeastern Conference, as an administrative body, should get strong consideration in taking over Division I football, and here is why?

College is football is a sport that is gaining popularity, both in TV ratings and attendance throughout the country. Through their recent transgressions, the NCAA has shown that this is something that they simply cannot handle.

The SEC has thrived along with the popularity of college football. The product on SEC fields, in my opinion, is just better than the product on other college football fields, but that is not why the SEC should take over.

They should take over because they have shown that they know how to deal with pressure, they know how to handle the increased popularity of college football.

In this upcoming bowl season, the SEC will bring in nearly $42.5 million in regards to bowl payouts. That is 18.6 percent of the $227 million dollars that is given out to all 70 participating teams.

Mike Slive and the SEC Office have shown that they know how to deal with enormous amounts of money; they also know how to deal and negotiate television contracts.

Earlier this year, they agreed to 15-year contracts with ESPN and CBS worth over three billion dollars. Each member institution will receive 17 million dollars per year, for 15 years—even Vanderbilt.

This is something that no other conference can stake a claim to. The NCAA didn’t participate in these negotiations; the SEC negotiated and secured these historic televisions deals.

The SEC also knows how to deal with recruiting. I would say the fiercest recruiting battles in the country, at that. Texas and California have their talent and teams, but as a whole, the southeast and the SEC conference is where BCS Championships are won.

Although SEC teams have gotten in trouble for recruiting violations, the SEC office has still done a good job at managing the vast recruiting landscape that exists in this part of the country.

The SEC has adapted to the increase in college football popularity. They have taken advantage of one of the greatest games in the world. And they have handled it better than any other organization or group out there.

That is why they should be given strong consideration to step in and run college football; they will not run it into the ground like the NCAA is trying to do right now.

Let me make it clear, I think that the SEC should only take over Division 1 (FBS) football.  The NCAA can still rule over FCS, Division II, Division III football, along with every other sport.

No one cares if they mess those sports up; Division I Football is just a different story. Fans all across the country bleed for their team in a way that no other fans do, in any sport, in any country.

I just simply don’t want to see college football ripped and torn apart. The NCAA is doing this with giant scissors. The slope that they have talked about is now steeper than ever, and they have no one to blame but themselves. 

College football has just shown that it is just too big for the NCAA. The Southeastern Conference should be looked at, as a viable organization to step in and run college football.