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Purdue Univ. President Mitch Daniels will "likely have a role in upcoming changes to the NCAA structure -- possibly a football-only division comprising at least the five major conferences that would provide more academic and financial support to athletes," according to Mike Carmin of the Lafayette JOURNAL & COURIER. Daniels said, "There will probably be some ratification of reality at some point. The NCAA couldn’t drag the members of these conferences back into some other arrangement if it wanted to. They don’t have the authority or the clout." He added, "At some point, it might be better if the official and formal structures match up to the reality as opposed to the pretense." Daniels said of paying student-athletes, "There’s a lot of things in the last year in which my views have evolved and changed a lot. This may be one. If you asked me that question a year or two or maybe five years ago, ‘No, are you kidding?’ ... It is very difficult to say that the young people whose efforts and the risks they take are making huge money for others shouldn’t somehow be compensated. Not doing it in some places leads young people to do things that break rules." Carmin wrote of Daniels' involvement with Purdue athletics, "He understands the importance of a strong and stable athletic department and how it can benefit the overall well-being of the university." But issues regarding athletics "don’t consume Daniels’ daily or weekly schedule." Daniels "meets regularly" with AD Morgan Burke, calling him "very well organized." Daniels said of Burke, "A good, button-up guy. I trust him. If there’s something important, I’m going to know about it in a timely way" (Lafayette JOURNAL & COURIER, 8/11).
Critics "contend there is only way to only one way to restore the NCAA's tattered image: Find a new president," according to Michael Marot of the AP. Univ. of Oklahoma Senior Associate AD/Academics Gerald Gurney said of NCAA President Mark Emmert, "He should have been gone yesterday, as far as I'm concerned. He's absolutely unable to get anything through the NCAA system." But Marot wrote Emmert has "ignored the growing calls for his resignation and he doesn't sound like a man planning to leave any time soon." Emmert said, "Have I done things in ways that were inappropriate or frustrated people by mistakes I have made? Of course. But that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop doing these things. That's not the way I operate" (AP, 8/9). ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said of Emmert's decision that the NCAA's e-commerce site would stop selling school-related merchandise, "It's wrong for the NCAA membership to sell players while restricting them, whether it's jerseys, video games, or media rights. Emmert's statement was simply that the NCAA office was stopping these sales because it's wrong and hypocritical, not that the NCAA membership -- which we are constantly told is the NCAA -- is stopping. It's a shell game. ... The NCAA office isn't doing it anymore, but the schools are. So Emmert's statement was mostly cosmetic, in my view" (SI.com, 8/11).
GET RICH SCHEMES? ESPN.com's Kristi Dosh reported the Texas A&M Univ. athletic department "received just $59,690 for jersey sales last year." That number "isn't just football, either," as it "includes basketball, baseball, cycling and all other jersey sales." The "bottom line is that athletic departments aren't getting rich off jersey sales." Texas A&M receives just 10% of the "wholesale price for jerseys under its contract" with adidas, and jersey sales accounted for just 1.53% of the school's licensing revenue last fiscal year. Out of the total of $3.9M, the "largest source of revenue was $750,000 in men's T-shirt sales" (ESPN.com, 8/9). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Michael Smith reports Texas A&M "sold a school-record" $70M worth of licensed merchandise during FY '12-13. Texas A&M's gross royalties "grew to an all-time high" of $3.9M in '12-13, the school's first year in the SEC. Licensing revenue over the last two years "has shot up" from $2.6M to nearly $4M, and over the last five years "has more than doubled" from $1.9M (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/12 issue).