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The Showdown Regarding Division I Governance

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The Showdown Regarding Division I Governance

The so-called “Big 5” conferences of collegiate athletics don’t want things to remain the way they’ve been.

“Relative to the legislative process, we are very much at a point now where we can’t get anything that’s transformative through the system,” Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby said earlier this month, helping kick off football media day season with fireworks. “I think that’s particularly felt by seven or eight conferences and the five major conferences in particular. It is just very difficult to do anything that would benefit our student athletes or our institutions that doesn’t get voted down by the larger majority.”

What’s the real story behind the NCAA legislative process – what’s the showdown really all about?  And why is this important?

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Patriot League In "Division 4"?

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Patriot League In "Division 4"?

The talk around collegiate athletics is “Division 4”, after “Big 5” commissioners Mike Silve, John Swofford and Bob Bowlsby floated the idea of a new subdivision over the past few weeks.

Normally the talk of the big conferences breaking off from the rest of FBS would elicit so much yawning from the likes of Patriot League schools.

Unless, of course, you’re on the table for Division 4 membership.

No, this isn’t a typo, or a crazy theory.  Sportswriters are contemplating what Division 4 might look like, and the Patriot League is being contemplated as a possible league to be a part of that subdivision.
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