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Report: Power Five Leagues Exploring Fall Championships Outside Of NCAA Structure

A general interior view of Levi's Stadium during the Pac-12 Championship football game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Oregon Ducks won 37-15. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Leaders from the Power Five conferences are currently exploring the possibility of holding their own fall sports championship games outside of the NCAA’s structure, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Power Five conferences include:

  • Pac-12
  • Big 12
  • Big Ten
  • ACC
  • SEC

On Saturday, August 1, Ross Dellenger and Pat Forde reported that leaders of the conferences are looking at the potential of holding fall championships.

“This could be seen as a first step toward a long-theorized breakaway from the NCAA by the 65 schools that play college sports at the highest level,” the report said.

“If I were (NCAA president Mark) Emmert, I’d be really worried about it. He’s got to keep the Power 5 together,” one athletic director of a Power Five school told SI.

The NCAA’s Board of Governors is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 4, with the expectation of deciding whether to hold fall sports championships this season.

If the NCAA decides to cancel or postpone fall championship games in 2020, the Power Five leagues could potentially look at taking the first steps in splitting from the long-tenured collegiate sports association.

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