While on the beach this summer, Missouri coach Elijah Drinkwitz spent a couple of days pondering the future of college football.

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“Someone has to manage this,” he said, “because right now we are in a frenzy.”

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“Who’s in charge in college football?” asked West Virginia coach Neil Brown. “That’s a great question. How many more large enterprises do you ask: “Who is the boss in the house?”

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Coaches aren’t the only ones speculating about who should run the most lucrative and popular sport in college athletics. There is a growing contingent suggesting that FBS separate from the NCAA, which currently handles all regulatory functions such as rules, judging, bowl certification, litigation, and enforcement, but does not operate in the postseason and does not receive any college football revenue. . College football playoff money stays with the 10 FBS conferences, and schools use the money as they see fit.

“The thing is, the NCAA has all this responsibility, but it doesn’t have the resources for FBS football,” said Tom McMillen, president and CEO of the LEAD1 association, which represents sports directors at FBS.

This summer, LEAD1 organized a working group of 38 athletic directors representing all 10 FBS conferences and one independent to explore the idea of ​​separating college football from the NCAA. With the help of the North Carolina Center for Intercollegiate Athletics Research, LEAD1 developed the survey, released this week, and expects results by the end of the month. It will consider the findings at its September meeting in Washington, DC.

“We had three phone calls, and each one was accompanied by passionate discussions and debates about the future of college football,” said Arianne Wes, director of the Center for Research on Intercollegiate Athletics. “A very clear consensus is that the status quo is no longer acceptable.”

Decision makers are still exploring the possibilities and few have put the plan on paper, leaving many questions about the logistics and how any changes will be implemented. Here’s a look at the most popular options currently under consideration and what the sport’s leaders have to say about each: