Think about that for a second though.Here's the thing, without a overhaul that somehow evens the playing field. (see below) We are still going to have the big 4-6 schools doling out $10's of millions every year to the top kids.
When we talk about that money, we're talking about gigantic, super-engaged fanbases with a lot of rich, football-crazy alumni.
So we're talking about Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee, you see where I'm going with this?
A world which is measured by coaching quality and ability to sell winning and tradition to kids in non-financial ways is one which can be comprehensively dominated by a couple schools, at least for dynastic stretches of time.
A world of sheer vulgar money is one where there is much MORE competition than that, not less. There are not 4-6 schools that have more money than everyone else, that's not the lay of the land at all. It's more like 20, many of whom struggled under the old paradigm.
This isn't perfect news for Illinois Football, but it's great news for Illinois Basketball, a program which between 2006-2019 punched unimaginably below its weight in terms of the numbers and combined net worth of the people who deeply care about the program.