Now that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has reorganized, its members probably can start thinking, fearing, hoping for or worrying about the next reorganization.
When delegates at the NCAA's 72d annual convention here approved a proposal from the major football colleges to divide top-ranked Division I football into one category for the "super powers" and another for the lesser lights, they did not exactly solve their problems.
The schools with big-time football programs - the Ohio States and Michigans of the nation - had become increasingly agitated by restrictions placed on them by other Division I football schools which were not as dedicated financially and, perhaps, philosophically, to the big time.
Arguing a case for self-determination, the "super powers" threatened to bolt from the NCAA and form their own governing body unless they could have their own special niche in Division I football.
They got it and it's now called Division I-A. The other Division I teams are now in Division I-AA. Divisions II and III remaining the same.
"Three divisions have not really worked," said Notre Dame president the Rev. Edmund Joyce before the vote. "It's because of the serious growing tension between those schools with major programs and those who, as far as we can tell, do not aspire to the top rung.
"All that's being asked is that you put the apples together and the oranges together."
Now they have a fruit salad of sorts. The criteria finally adopted for Division I-A membership effectively weeded out Division I football schools with less ambitious programs.
To be eligible for I-A, schools would have among other things, to have average 17,000 paid attendance per game over the last four seasons or averaged 17,000 paid admissions in one of those years and have a stadium with 30,000 permanent seats. They also would have to sponsor at least eight Division I varsity sports and play 60 per cent of their games against Division I opponents.
The criteria would have kept the Ivy League schools out of I-A so the convention adopted, on a 73-70 vote, a measure exempting schools with 12 or more Division I varsity sports from the attendance and stadium requirements.
The Ivy League Amendment, as it became known, opened the door of Division I-A to 25 scools including tthe Ivys, by the latest NCAA staff count. It is possible another 10 also may be eligible, staff members said.
Joining the Harvards and Yales on the eligibility list are such schools as Appalachian State, Bali State, Bowling Green, Long Beach State and others - the smaller schools the major powers had been trying to break away from.
The Division I football schools have 60 days to decide whether to join I-A or I-AA and then another three years in which to meet the criteria.
And their financial headaches may turn into migraines because of the actions of the national governing body for women's intercollegiate sports this week.
The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, meeting a few miles away, abandoned its traditionally conservative policy on several matters that could have significant impact on school athletic budgets.
The AIAW approved "full-ride" athletic scholarships (room, board, tuition and fees) and also decided that schools could pay for a coach's scouting trips.
Some schools have delayed fully implementing T'tle 9, a federal law barring sex discrimination in, among other things, athletics, until the NCAA's suit against Title 9 was settled. But, on Monday, a federal judge dismissed the case, saying the NCAA lacked the legal standing to sue.
The decision probably will be appealed, but, in the mentime, some schools are going to have to act fast to reach full compliance with the law by the July deadline.
There were several items on the NCAA agenda - such as basing financial aid on need except for football and basketball - that were designed to help schools economize and free more money for women's sports. They were rejected.
The financial bind so many schools face very well may result in their choosing to go I-AA or even Division II in football, giving the elite major schools their own "super conference."
The concern of many athletic directors, including Georgetown's Frank Rienzo, is: Will basketball be next?