In light of Texas A&M informing the Big XII that they are looking at joining another unnamed conference (cough,cough) SEC (cough,cough), the NCAA should call a meeting of Conference commissioners and set out a few new rules for any conference under the NCAA banner.
1. All conferences will have membership of no less than 8 schools and no more than 16 schools. I do not want to see an 18 or 20 school league and that is where we are heading for. Hell, the Big East has at least 20 members in different sports. That is nuts. And that brings me to rule #2.
2. All conferences will have schools that participate in the same sports. No more Big 12 hockey league that has 6 schools. Either convince the other member schools to pick up hockey, or the schools that have hockey need to drop the sport. No Notre Dame independence in football and a member in the Big East in other sports.
3. Have the conferences and member schools sign contracts for 10 year blocks. Once every decade, the conferences and schools have a chance to boot members or sign onto other conferences. Start this process in 2015. That way, we have stability for 9 years and then possible movement all in one year. That gets rid of uncertainty for most of the time. Independents sign a contract with the NCAA itself saying that they will be independent for the next decade. It will make schools like Notre Dame able to stop answering questions about conference affiliation each year.
4. Each 5 years, if a school wants to jump from D-II or from the FCS subdivision into the Big leagues, they will have a chance to join the conferences in football that are not members of the BCS. Make 4 feeder conferences. The Sun Belt, The WAC, The MAC, and the Great Midwest. The Great Midwest can be formed from the schools that won't be able to join the Big 10, SEC, Pac-12, and/or the Big XII (if it is still around).
5. In conjunction with #4, limit the number of schools in the FBS subdivision. this year there are 120. Next year, there are going to be 123. Put the original limit at 160 schools. You can have 10 conferences with 16 schools each, or more conferences with less schools per conference. Doesn't matter.