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NCAA Announces It Will Make Revisions To Rulebook In Coming Months
Published August 11, 2011
SWEEPING CHANGES: Emmert said that the current NCAA rulebook is “cumbersome and ‘needs some serious editing’ so that it focuses on the most-important violations and attaches penalties that will deter people from breaking rules.” The presidents also “talked about enforcement issues, such as the problem of agents’ wooing players.” Many presidents agreed that the “changes can’t come fast enough.” Spanier said, “Too many things are not working well.” Univ. of California-Riverside Chancellor Timothy White added that “now is the time for ‘tough love’” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 8/11). CBSSPORTS.com’s Dennis Dodd wrote the university presidents and NCAA officials “mean business.” If they “accomplish half of what they talked about Wednesday in an afternoon presser, then amateur athletics, not just college athletics, will have changed significantly.” The presidents “potentially did more in the last two days than their predecessors did in the last 60 years." Dodd wrote, "It looks like players are finally going to be paid. It will be a modest amount and the NCAA will bend over backwards to make it look like it's not pay for play, but let's be honest. It is. It's also fair” (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/10).
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? In Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes under the header, “So Much Noise, So Little Progress.” Kravitz: “You know what kills me about these presidents' retreats, aside from the fact they talk about helping kids and never find room at the table for a single student-athlete? They say they talk about substantive issues and throw around terms like ‘comprehensive’ and ‘reform’ and nonsense like that, and nothing significant ever seems to change” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/11).