An NCAA committee dedicated to overhauling and modernizing the governance of the association, of which Phillips is a part, is reportedly considering several major rule changes, such as removing limitations on the number of coaches allowed per team (such as four for basketball and 11 for football) and eliminate scholarship caps for sports that offer partial scholarships (such as baseball).
“If we ever have to do something, and I hear about the future of football and taking care of the sport of football, now is the time to do it,” he said. “Now is the time to do it, when you reorganize a structure like the NCAA, what do you do with the sport of football? Should it be managed separately? Do you need a governance structure? These are questions we should ask ourselves. »
This could involve different rules, leadership and enforcement than the NCAA. This could mean, for example, scholarships covering more than what is allowed by the NCAA, or football players forming a union and being able to bargain collectively with that entity.
Phillips’ proposal stands out even more given his expression of confidence in the NCAA’s future at the same press conference (in the same response, actually). Before suggesting football be operated outside of the NCAA, Phillips said he doesn’t foresee a breakup of the NCAA within Division I. It’s a scenario that Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick , said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated was inevitable, a separation that would be based on the income that the different schools or conferences bring in and their approach to athletics more like a business or as part of the school.
“I hear a lot about the Power Five (programs) getting away from everybody, maybe getting away from some of the deregulation, and having the ability to do even more things from a government perspective. autonomy,” he said. “But I don’t see that happening right now or in the next five or ten years. I just don’t.
That said, Phillips was adamant that the idea of football needed to be explored. He said conversations have taken place with the commissioners of the other nine FBS conferences.
“But I think we need to have more of these conversations as we look to the next six, eight, 10, 12 months on the sport of football,” he said.