The vote in favor of autonomy from the 65 member institutions from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC signaled the official dawn of a new era in college sports. Perhaps the writing is on the wall and has been for some time, but Maryland head coach Randy Edsall suggested the power conferences are that much closer to breaking off and playing an entirely different game from the rest of the college football and sports world.
“I think it’s one step closer to the five conferences splitting off,” Edsall said Thursday, according to CSN Baltimore reporter Daniel Martin. “I really do, but again I think there’s bigger issues now that you have that in terms of who is really going to take charge of what’s best for football.
“Yeah, you have this autonomy but now what are we going to do with that to get the collegiate model, you know, the way it should be or back to where it was?”
That will be one of the biggest questions that needs to be addressed. Now that the power conferences have this extra power, what will they do with it? Will they work well with the other conferences or will there be another divide between conferences?
For now, the commissioners of the power conferences appear satisfied, while there are some mixed reactions from the commissioners of the other conferences.