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SBD/December 6, 2012/Colleges
IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum: NCAA's Emmert Concerned With Realignemnt
Published December 6, 2012
CONTROVERSY HERE TO STAY: Perlman, who also serves on the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, provided some interesting insight into the upcoming BCS playoff system. While a revenue-sharing model has been agreed upon, no site has been decided on yet and he knows that there will still be opponents. Perlman said, “Controversy is not going to go away. There’s enormous pressure to extend to eight and 16 schools. I don’t think it’s particularly stable over the next 12 years.” Hatch stated that he still has considerable opposition to expanding the college football season. Emmert believes the new model will change a lot of dynamics of access for all schools over time.
BREAKING OFF FROM NCAA: Emmert also addressed the issue of BCS schools forming their own governing body. He said, “If BCS schools or any other schools decide they’d be better served by having their own association, then they can and should go do that. That means that the NCAA has failed in some fashion, and as a university president, I wouldn’t want to be a part of an organization that’s failing. ... You’d have to start your own enforcement arm, replicate all the championships and recreate all the arms of the NCAA, but just do it in a way that serves your own purposes better.” Hatch said that he is opposed to setting up a whole new system.
EMMERT QUICK HITS
-- On progress at the NCAA: “Is progress happening as fast as I think is prudent? Yeah, I do. These things do require a good, thoughtful conversation. We are a very weird organization. We have 1,100 members. We have twice as many votes as Congress.”
-- On the lessons learned from the Penn State scandal: “A better support structure around university presidents and ADs. Making sure there is no existential threat to a president to say no to a coach.”
-- On transparency of the NCAA: “The whole issue of transparency in big organizations generally is a social phenomenon now because of changes that are happening in society. Are we as transparent as some people would like? No, we’re not as transparent as I would like, but we’re much more so than we used to be and we’re working hard on that.”
-- On failure of the student-athlete stipend: “I knew it was highly controversial, I didn’t anticipate the reaction it provoked. ... We didn’t do good diligence on this proposal.”