Infante said if the big five gets its way, it could lead to a culling of Division I, which currently includes 349 schools, with some of the 125 FBS schools dropping down to FCS, major college football's second tier.
Infante added the big five creating a new division of college athletics might not be so well-received by the lower-revenue members of their own leagues, schools such as Iowa State and Mississippi State that would become the new have-nots of major college football.
Also, the potential backlash from FBS schools in the group of five who were no longer considered major college football schools could be also blunt movement toward the big five separating from the rest of Division I.
"You're going to have governors and attorneys general in states that are going to be ticked off," he said. "Not sure (the big five conferences) are going to want to invite more antitrust lawsuits."
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