Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin has been in the middle of the shifting sands in college athletics in the last year and a half, and has had an up-close view of how it’s evolving.

Of course, at the forefront of his job is the football program and Dan Mullen when the football program starts against Florida Atlantic in the Swamp. The Gators will aim to defend their SEC East title and push for the program’s first visit to the College Football Playoff since its 2014 inception and first SEC title since 2008, when the school also captured its third national championship.

Stricklin shared with Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel how he sees college sports stabilizing, and when.

“We’re all learning our way, if you will, in this new environment,” he said. “I actually think there’s new change coming and that we’re probably another four or five years from getting to the point where some it stabilizes. That’s just a guess; I could be totally wrong on that. It’s not unlike being in a game. You have a game plan, you go in and something happens and you got to adapt and adjust on the fly. We’re doing that right now in college athletics a lot more than we traditionally have.”

The primary challenge is governing more than 300 Division I schools, and the schools at the top of the revenue chain have different issues than those at the other end of the spectrum.

“It’s hard to come up with one collection of rules that helps those teams on the opposite end of the spectrum navigate the challenge they’re faced with,” he said. “I don’t know what the answer is there, but the current model is not only incredibly bureaucratic, but it’s clunky.”