According to CBS Sports, a “Division 4″ within the NCAA has been proposed by the Division I-A Faculty Athletics Representatives (FAR).
The proposal is the first officially calling for the separation of the 126 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. The FAR board does not want to separate from the NCAA – which had been rumored – but instead wishes to create a “new and separate division” within the current intercollegiate athletics governance structure.
“There is wide consensus that the current Division I governance model is not working,” said Jo Potuto, Nebraska constitutional law professor and past president of the I-A FAR. “A separate FBS division offers more streamlined governance among schools with comparable revenue streams.”
Basically, the plan is simply to allow for more autonomy for the major-conference, big money football programs but still remain in the NCAA. The main complaint with the NCAA itself is not whether to pay players (as may be widely believed), but rather the bogged-down governance structure and all the red tape the agency makes schools sift through in order to comply with their bylaws.
“We recommend less (or no) reliance on working groups and task forces outside the structure,” the proposal stated.
Later on, the proposal did allude to paying players, with the underlying message calling for the FBS to be able to handle unique situations that may not arise in other divisions.
“FBS must be a master of its own fate,” the proposal states, “particularly with regard to matters of enhancement of the student-athlete experience that depend on increased revenue allocation.”
You can check out the full Power Point of FAR’s proposal here.