George Kliavkoff and other commissioners explore new football structure

George Kliavkoff and other college sports leaders are increasingly convinced that it’s time for college football to embrace a new governance structure.

Kliavkoff told The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach on Friday that changes were being discussed among the Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners:

“We have to be realistic that football is a unique animal among the rest of college sports and that there are conferences that should be more aligned and should have more control over the future of top-level college football,” said Kliavkoff. Told Athleticism Friday.

“I’ve had conversations with several of the FBS commissioners, and I’ve been surprised by the unanimous support for the idea among people I’ve spoken to to remove football rulemaking and enforcement. NCAA football rules and invest it in a 10-conference run organization (FBS).

Many industry insiders believe the sport is heading in this direction; it may be a matter of when, not if. How the details line up is the specific plot point we need to know more about before seeing how the bigger picture comes together.

Ida M. Morgan