Originally, it was  the Power 6 conferences–Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East.  But then the Big East football conference imploded after an internal civil war was orchestrated by a group of schools known as the “Catholic 7.

So it became the Power 5 conferences who controlled the destiny of big time college football.

The master plan was simple.

The Big Ten expanded and created a television network. The Pac-12 expanded and created a television network. The SEC expanded and created a television network. The ACC expanded and created a television network (which will debut in 2019). The income for each member school doubled and sometimes tripled.

And then there was the Big 12. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.