Clemson Football: What could the SEC/Big Ten advisory board lead to?

It is hard to know the right path for Clemson athletics because the future is difficult to predict, even for the schools of the Power Two.

Nov 17, 2023; Charlottesville, VA, USA; The NCAA logo
Nov 17, 2023; Charlottesville, VA, USA; The NCAA logo / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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A True Super League

A super league created by a merger between the Power Two, or a breakaway association formed by the Power Two would feature some great matchups. Alabama vs Ohio State. Michigan vs LSU. USC vs Georgia.

It would also include Vanderbilt vs Iowa. Missouri vs Northwestern. Rutgers vs Purdue.

Yeah, some of these things are not like the others. That said, not all schools must have elite programs to bring financial benefits to an organization. The Big Ten isn’t going to be part of the Power Two because they are just so darn good at football. They will be there because their schools have such huge enrollments (and alumni bases) that they make a ton of money.

Those programs will be very grateful to be invited to the party and take their lumps. Will all their conference mates agree? That’s debatable.

One of the possible benefits of withdrawing from the NCAA is that constitutions would have to be rewritten and contracts redone. The real power programs might decide the right size to maximize profits is 24 instead of 34. While the rules are being overhauled, they could find ways to ‘downsize’.

Would Florida or Georgia miss Minnesota or Maryland? Would Penn State or Wisconsin miss South Carolina or Mississippi State? I don’t think so.

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