This winter, the Big Ten and ACC have reportedly had discussions about removing divisions from their football schedules. In the SEC, many have wondered what the conference scheduling structure will look like when Oklahoma and Texas officially join the conference.

Paul Finebaum had SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on his SEC Network show Friday. During their conversation, Sankey weighed in on the possibility of removing divisions from college football conferences. Sankey focused on what it would mean for conference championship games and the College Football Playoff. ESPN’s report on the ACC notes that the NCAA currently requires divisions for conference championship games in conferences of 12-or-more teams.

“Options include kind of this single-division structure,” Sankey said. “It doesn’t mean we’d go to that, but perhaps there are no divisions. If we do that, that needs to be carefully considered. We’ve seen a bit of a rush of commentary — ‘Hey, let’s just go ahead and change our expectations of how a conference championship game is conducted.’ That’s really the rule in play. What do you have to do to have a conference championship game? Someone said, ‘let’s go change that quickly.’ Well, it’s interesting that those who want to change that aspect quickly — that ties directly into the postseason — don’t want to look at the postseason and try to address those issues in a timely fashion.

“I’ll take both sides and say, ‘good, let’s have this single division format dialogue. Let’s not try to cram it into 30 days if people are unwilling in trying to move along earlier on a CFP format. Let’s think about the implications for the regular season, the postseason and the postseason qualification before we take a quick vote.'”

Many fans and media members have suggested the SEC go to a pod system of 4 groups of 4 teams when the Sooners and Longhorns become the 15th and 16th members of the conference. Sankey sounds open to a change from the current division-based scheduling model if the conference championship game policy changes.