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NCAA President: Major change on the way
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 25, 2013 @ 9:05 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Mark Alesia, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA president Mark Emmert says he agrees with major-college football commissioners demanding substantial change in the Indianapolis-based association and has called a summit of Division I schools in January.
“I didn’t take issue with any of the general statements that were made by the commissioners,” Emmert said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Indianapolis Star. “I thought they were helpful and good contributions to the debate.”
The NCAA’s leadership — the executive committee and the D-I Board — will meet Aug. 8 in Indianapolis and begin discussing models for a drastically different way to govern the 348 schools in the association’s top division. Emmert said he expects significant changes to how the NCAA operates to be adopted within the next year.
At issue is the ability of the richest athletic programs — which attract the massive television rights fees — to set policy without the smaller D-I programs stopping them because of financial concerns.
“There’s one thing that virtually everybody in Division I has in common right now, and that is they don’t like the governance model,” Emmert said. “Now, there’s not agreement on what the new model should be. But there’s very little support for continuing things in the governing process the way they are today.”
Within the past week, Emmert sent a letter to all D-I presidents, athletic directors, commissioners, faculty athletic representatives and senior woman administrators asking them to save the dates of Jan. 16 and 17 for “an important milestone in which your participation is crucial.” The meeting will be held at the same time as the NCAA’s annual convention in San Diego.
In the letter, Emmert called the “first-time Division I Governance Dialogue” a “critical meeting” that will cover “virtually every aspect of how Division I operates.”
“There’s a need to recognize there are Division I schools with $5 million athletic budgets and $155 million athletic budgets, and trying to find a model that fits all of them is the enormous challenge right now,” Emmert said.
An example was the failed initiative last year for athletic scholarships to include the “full cost of attendance,” an additional $2,000 to $5,000 stipend … [For more on NCAA President Mark Emmert: Major change on the way, click here.]
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