In the comments section of this article, I stated that Notre Dame is not going to sit at the table with a vote equal to each of the Power Five conferences. This comment was made in response to a vote with regard to Notre Dame football moving to the ACC taken by SEC coaches, one in which all coaches voted in favor of Notre Dame football doing so. SEC coaches do not feel that Notre Dame should be able to sit alone "at the table" with a vote equal to that of each of the five super conferences: SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac 12 and Big 12.
This article from ESPNU sets forth the creation of a Division IV, a creation pushed by the SEC and one in which Notre Dame is not going to be able to have a vote equal to anyone of the Power Five Conferences.
Here are selected paragraphs from the article:
The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Power Five some autonomy or they'll form their own division.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Power Five conferences -- which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 -- don't get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to "Division IV."
"It's not something we want to do," Slive said on the final day of the SEC meetings. "We want the ability to have autonomy in areas that has a nexus to the well-being of student athletes. I am somewhat optimistic it will pass, but if it doesn't, our league would certainly want to move to a Division IV. My colleagues, I can't speak for anybody else, but I'd be surprised if they didn't feel the same way."
Moving to Division IV would keep the Power Five under the NCAA umbrella while granting college football's biggest money makers the kind of power to better take care of student-athletes. The SEC, for example, would like to pay full cost of college attendance, provide long-term medical coverage and offer incentives to kids who return to school and complete degrees.
With the creation of super conferences, the movement of universities from one conference to another at an alarming rate, the forming of unions by college athletes and/or the joining of unions by college athletes and the possible creation of Division IV, the future of college sports is in flux. I find all of these changes something interesting to follow eventhough at some point N. C. State football or basketball games could be canceled due to labor strife.