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NCAA Execs Show Little Support For Expanding Postseason Events
Published December 8, 2010
CULTURE CLASH: Delany and WAC Commissioner Karl Benson traded some jabs on the panel. Benson wants a system that allows smaller schools to compete more effectively. “There’s definitely a hierarchy in these conferences,” he said. “I have to look out for my members. It’s a business.” Delany responded that he was suffering from “BCS defense fatigue.” Delany: "The fewer successful pieces [a conference has], the more they want the group to come together." Delany clearly was the elder statesman on the panel. Benson and Big East Commissioner John Marinatto each expressed relief that Delany said he had no plans to expand his conference for the time being. “Twelve will probably be the model,” Delany said. In a moment of levity, Beebe, whose conference was raided by the Big Ten and Pac-10 earlier this year, referred to Delany and the Pac-10’s Larry Scott as “predators,” laughingly adding, "I won't put them in a headlock yet."
EMMERT SITS FOR ONE-ON-ONE: During a one-on-one interview to open the conference, Emmert said the money that comes in through college football helps support the non-revenue collegiate sports. "Our job is to educate young people while giving them a great experience on and off the field,” he said. “If you want to support women's gymnastics … it comes from the money that gets recycled to them from the football program." Emmert said he was satisfied with his decision on Auburn QB Cam Newton’s eligibility, but allowed that “we probably need to make some rule changes" to deal with these situations more effectively. He unequivocally said that college athletes will not be paid under his watch. "As long as I'm president of NCAA, we will not pay student athletes to play sports." And he lamented, "I'm treated as if I'm commissioner of baseball who can act in an authoritarian manner. That's not the case."