FBS commissioners talk about taking over football oversight from the NCAA

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde discuss Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff’s comments on his discussions with other FBS commissioners about the possibility of removing football oversight and rulemaking from the NCAA and discuss how that will play out would come into play if it came to that.

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PAT FORDE: Another thing that caught my attention from Nicole Auerbach’s very good interview with George Kliavkoff was that Kliavkoff said he had had discussions with several of the FBS commissioners and I was surprised at the unanimous support for the idea among the people I’ve spoken to about taking football rule making and football rule enforcement out of the NCAA, which basically just means for a sport to kick the NCAA to the curb and say we have that.

Sounds good in theory. I still want to know who will really be responsible for enforcing the rules. Who does that? Do you really think these conferences are all going to get together and say yes we’re going to enforce each other and appoint our own like law enforcement officers? I mean, I just think that’s highly unrealistic. It’s just been talked about a lot, but they like having the NCAA as a pretty incompetent cop, Sergeant Schultz out there, seeing nothing, knowing nothing that they can get around.

But they don’t have to be the bad guys. I really don’t think these conferences are suited to fill that role.

DAN WETZEL: They’re not even close. It gets annoying. I’m not a fan of– I’m not an NCAA defender. We make fun of her on every podcast, but it’s just her– well, it’s like a line of applause that has no reality. Will you do a better job? We were just talking about how you announced you would extend the playoffs before you extended the playoffs and screwed up the whole thing. Literally the easiest, you couldn’t even announce it in time.


DAN WETZEL: We talked about you guys sitting around and saying hey NIL is coming but you know it will just depend on a player playing well on Saturday. No, it didn’t. Everyone does it in two seconds. I didn’t see that coming. These guys aren’t anymore – they are the NCAA. There aren’t– they can’t do that.


DAN WETZEL: They’re a bunch of hypocrites. The best thing for them is to be able to blame the NCAA.

PAT FORDE: Absolutely, it’s plausible to deny. No, we, it’s not us who can’t control ourselves. it is you You can’t.

DAN WETZEL: They didn’t see the trouble coming. You cannot avoid them. You can’t extend a playoff they’ve all agreed to. You can’t. So is the NCAA good at this stuff? no But are these guys better? no

PAT FORDE: No, that’s the thing. Who will assemble this structure? Who does it and who enforces the rules?

DAN WETZEL: I mean whatever, I don’t care what it is. I don’t care if it’s… but Ari Fleischer will be running this thing. Alright, cool. We’ll get that. I mean, you’re going to screw it up, too, so I’d just keep that little building in Indianapolis like the NFL made more money for the NFL by threatening to move to LA than if they were actually building a franchise in LA . For example, every city in America built a new stadium for their team because they might go to LA.

The NFL’s best deal was that LA didn’t have a team. Now they have a team there and are making less money. They make good money because they have a team in LA. You want a team in La, but it was better if you could sit there and walk well, huh.

PAT FORDE: Absolutely.

I was just spotted outside with Mr. Chow. There’s some – you remember they – they built a fancy stadium somewhere that was never going to happen. And suddenly the local government would raise over $800 million and we’d be good.


DAN WETZEL: Everything ready. Yes, you need that punching bag, so go ahead. Good luck, you guys didn’t show us any competence.

PAT FORDE: right, no. I mean yeah I believe that when I see it.

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