Apr 19, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; The College Football Playoff National Championship trophy on display during a 2023 CFP National Championship Kickoff press conference at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most inevitable outcomes in all of the American sports is that college football will eventually outlast or break away from the NCAA. We apparently moved a little bit closer to that on Monday when, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, the 11 college presidents and chancellors on the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers discussed some options to reshape the sport and how it’s governed.

“Multiple sources told ESPN that the Board of Managers briefly discussed the possibility of restructuring how college football is governed, with the idea presented of major college football potentially being governed outside of the NCAA,” wrote Thamel. “The most logical place for the sport to be run outside of the NCAA would be under the auspices of the CFP, which was discussed on the call. The CFP currently oversees the sport’s postseason playoff and has contractual ties to other marquee postseason bowl games.”

Thamel’s sources cautioned that “these discussions are in such early stage,” though it is certainly possible this is the first step in what could very well be a “marathon.” There are no imminent or expected next steps, however.

It’s worth noting that the CFB Board includes some very heavy hitters, including

The CFP Board of Managers consists of presidents from all 10 major conferences Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, Mississippi State president Mark Keenum, Clemson president Jim Clements, and Ohio State president Kristina Johnson. It’s also good to note that the CFP Board of Managers is different from the College Football Playoff Management Committee, which meets more frequently.

Thamel also notes that the idea of CFP expansion was also discussed on the call. While the current contract has four seasons remaining on it, the discussion revolved around the possibility of putting the next version in place before 2025. Previous pushes to expand the CFP beyond four teams have fallen short.

While we wait to see what comes next, if anything, in this very protracted but very expected evolution, there were lots of strong reactions to the report around the college football world.


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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.