OSU AD: Let the playoff committee run FBS, not the NCAA

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We are entering a new era of college athletics and more importantly a new era of college football. With the conversations surrounding College Football Playoffs and NIL deals, something has to change. Or more so that it is going to change.

In an interview with ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith offered up an idea. Allow the College Football Playoffs committee to run the sport and not the NCAA. The latter just announced a separation from president Mark Emmert that will take place in 2023.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday proposed the 10 FBS conferences operate under the umbrella of the College Football Playoff with their own rules and structure while the NCAA continues to host championships for basketball and Olympic sports.

There has been a thought making the rounds for years that FBS and the Power Five should separate from the NCAA and run their football programs. Essentially the NCAA doesn’t hold much power over the sport and there is no reason to have NCAA be the governing body over football.

“We [can] create our own rules, create our own governance structure, have our own enforcement, we have our own requirements, whatever that might be,” Smith said.

While there are mixed reviews according to Smith, it would make the most sense for college football. This isn’t likely to happen now but with the shift in leadership with the NCAA, there might not be a better time to make the move.

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