Big 10′s Delany endorses NCAA change
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Two days after high-ranking college athletics officials met in Indianapolis to discuss potential changes to the NCAA’s governance structure, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany applauded the efforts.
“I thought it was a good step,” Delany told reporters at Big Ten men’s basketball media day Thursday. “There’s been a lot of talk about restructuring over the last six months to a year, a lot of feelings of frustration. Most of the conference commissioners over the summer were reflecting the frustration that was coming from within their conferences for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s the practitioners not having a chance to participate. Sometimes, it’s not being able to get at certain critical areas that they feel like they need to get at.”
Delany reiterated the sentiment that conference commissioners from the “Big 5″ conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 — hope to gain more power and control in a new governance model so they can use their vast resources to address issues like the full cost of attendance, something that may not be affordable or feasible for all of the NCAA member schools.
“We’ve at least preliminarily concluded we don’t want to leave the NCAA, and we don’t need a Division IV,” Delany said. “We can be in a big tent if we can get the appropriate matter of political redistribution. We can have an (NCAA men’s basketball) tournament, everyone can be in it. We can do revenue sharing. We can all brand together. We can all be Division I together. We can all have a big tent.
“But the conditions for that are that we need the political autonomy and the political authority to address things we must address on behalf of our student-athletes, on behalf of our universities. We have the resources to do it, and we need the authority to do it. How that happens, we’ll work that out over the next weeks and months. …
“We don’t want to draw lines and put certain people in and certain people out.”
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