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The 'Big 5' and everyone else [Commentary]
The 'Big 5' and everyone else [Commentary]

So the big programs of college football have gotten together as the Big 5 conferences. Like political separatists, they are loosening their ties with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, dissociating themselves from their smaller, less showy brethren. Presidents of some of the less powerful football schools are protesting, but if they truly care about the academic missions of their schools, they should welcome the change. Tired of sharing their profits with schools where education is still primary, member schools of the Big 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) will make a lot more money. They'll build ever-more luxurious facilities, and the salaries of coaches...

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