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NCAA BOD Weighing Proposal To Give D-I ADs More Control Of College Sports
Published October 30, 2013
TOGETHER AS ONE: Wake Forest President and NCAA D-I BOD Chair Nathan Hatch said that he "did not envision the process resulting in a new subdivision for the wealthiest football-playing schools." Hatch: "From what I've heard in the association, I think people would like to have one Division I, but, in some ways, a structure that will make certain differentiations between small conferences and big conferences. I think people like having one division." USA TODAY's Dan Wolken reports the NCAA expects to have "a new, more nimble structure ready for implementation by August." Hatch's assertion that D-I schools "won't be subdivided between those who have big-time football programs and everybody else runs counter to the rhetoric that spread throughout college athletics this summer." It appears the BOD "favors a system in which a federation of big schools within Division I could make rules that allow them to use more of their resources, while other conferences can choose whether or not to follow suit." For example, if "wealthier schools decided to deregulate how many meals they could feed athletes, smaller-revenue schools in Division I would theoretically be able to operate with the same freedom if they could afford it." The question becomes "where those lines get drawn." Hatch said, "That's the kind of thing we're going to wrestle with" (USA TODAY, 10/30).