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What About Bob? College Football World Reacts To Bowlsby's NCAA Reform Comments
Published July 24, 2013
MONEY MATTERS: Univ. of Texas football coach Mack Brown said of Bowlsby's comments, "I think that at some point we need to realize that's where we're headed. We've always tried to make rules for every level and have it under one umbrella, and it's never worked. When we tried to get instant replay, we couldn't because some (schools) couldn't afford it. When we tried to go to the 40-second (play) clock, we couldn't because some couldn't afford it. When we wanted to put the microphones in the helmets for quarterbacks, we couldn't because some couldn't afford it. ... They'd have to be weeded out. You have to say, 'Here's the minimum. If you can't live up to that, go do something else.' I think that's the only way to do it." But Wake Forest Univ. President and NCAA D-I BOD Chair Nathan Hatch said, "I don't sense among the presidents that people want to secede from the NCAA. There's been talk about creating a new division, but I think there would be huge resistance among NCAA schools, who are good and quality but not in one of the BCS conferences. That's under discussion, but I don't sense the gravity is huge. ... The problem is, once someone does that, no one wants to be thought of as a second-class citizen. Everyone is upwardly mobile." Brown said that the five conferences "would make enough money" from the College Football Playoff "to finance the lower leagues." Brown: "We're going to make enough money that we can pay for all of it" (ESPN.com, 7/23).