I don’t see a “super conference” as much as a super group. I’m guessing 70-75 universities, including the B1G, SEC, ACC, Big 12(16), Notre Dame, maybe Oregon State and Washington State. These universities have outgrown the rest of the NCAA membership. NIL and the inevitable future of paying athletes from television revenues.
That result is the formation of an entirely separate governing body needed to promote and manage the concerns of this new super group while the NCAA continues to oversee the remaining universities. The success of this group will depend on their ability to set aside egos. This super group must find a way to work for the good of the whole, a capite ad calcem, from head to heel.
From my perspective they must look to the NFL as a model, yes, a professional sports league because, like it or not, that’s where this is headed. Here’s where the egos come in, exactly as they do/did in the NFL and other pro sports leagues. The universities must find an equitable division of revenues, aka A SALARY CAP. This doesn’t work if Texas, Oregon, Georgia, USC, Michigan, ohio etc can spend 100 X the revenue as Purdue, Rutgers, Iowa, Kansas, Utah etc. The NFL is the most successful sport’s league in the world, why not follow the model? There’s a reason every professional sports league in the US has followed the NFL’s model of revenue sharing or salary cap, because it works.
This is just scratching the surface but I believe it is the single biggest obstacle to overcome and agree upon. On a personal note, I despise the concept of revenue sharing. I think its the antithesis of a free market economy, but it works for these models. Most people see Arch Manning, a 3rd string college QB at TX who never took a snap last year making $3.5m while Brock Purdy making less than $1m as an aberration, which I agree with, but from the opposite side of the argument. I believe what Manning earned is the result of a free market economy, he is being paid what someone is willing to pay him, which is how it should be. Purdy on the other hand is being paid a pre determined salary based on revenue sharing “slotting” for rookie players, the opposite of a free market economy.
Sorry for the rant.