Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says if the Big Five conferences don't get the autonomy they're seeking from the NCAA, they next step would be to move to "Division IV."
Speaking on the final day of the SEC Meetings, Slive says creating their own division is "not something we want to do."
But college football's biggest money makers want more flexibility to take better care of players. The SEC, for example, would like to pay full cost of college attendance, provide long-term medical coverage and offer incentives to athletes who return to school and complete degrees.
Smaller Division 1 schools likely can't afford the changes Big Five conferences are seeking.
Florida President Bernie Machen says current NCAA rules have the SEC "caught between a rock and a hard play."
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