The good folks at the NCAA are calling it “transformation.” They even formed a “Transformation Committee” — chaired by Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey and Ohio University director of athletics Julie Cromer — to spearhead the agenda.
But like everything else about the NCAA these days, that term is misleading. Hugely so.
Instead of transformation it should be called obliteration. Because that’s what’s about to happen to college athletics as we’ve known it for decades. It’s about to be obliterated, and it just might wind up obliterating intercollegiate sports at schools such as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“The (financial) gap is getting wider and wider,” said UTC athletic director Mark Wharton on Friday afternoon, some 15 days before the Mocs were set to begin their 2022 football season by hosting Southern Conference foe Wofford at Finley Stadium.