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SBD/January 17, 2014/Colleges
NCAA Begins Debate Over New Governance Model, But No Changes Are Imminent
Published January 17, 2014
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IRONING OUT THE ISSUES: ESPN.com's Kevin Gemmell noted a sub-committee of the D-I BOD "proposed a rough governance model that would give more autonomy to the five power conferences -- the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC -- and give a stronger voice to athletic directors with respect to how student-athletes are supported." The three-hour dialogue served "strictly as a give-and-take session." The objective is that the new model "can be firmed up as soon as this spring." It would allow the five conferences, referred to as the "well-resourced conferences," to make "certain legislative decisions on their own." The two major issues would be "the full cost of attendance and ongoing education scholarships" (ESPN.com, 1/16). Wake Forest President and NCAA D-I BOD Chair Nathan Hatch said that the goal was "to streamline governance, restore the membership’s trust in the governance structure and re-engage athletic directors in what has till now been a process very much dominated by university presidents." In San Diego, Stefanie Loh notes the administrators "focused much of the dialogue on who should be included in the decision-making process and how to balance the need for competence while still ensuring fair representation of all conferences and constituencies." ADs -- who represented about 37% of the administrators in attendance -- were "vocal about wanting a more significant role in the governance process." The discussion was "Part I in a planned two-day dialogue, but no decisions are expected to be made this week" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/17).
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE...: SI.com's Stewart Mandel noted the administrators' vision for the new NCAA "looks a whole lot like the old NCAA -- with a board and council and a whole bunch of loosely connected sub-councils." Members' "collective frustration -- simmering behind the scenes for much of the past year but never before on full public display -- was palpable both in the question-and-answer segment of Thursday's three-hour session and as attendees drifted out afterward" (SI.com, 1/16). YAHOO SPORTS' Pat Forde writes under the header, "NCAA Too Reluctant To Give Student-Athletes A Voice And A Vote." The "pay-for-play crowd is not going to win the day here -- not this year, and perhaps not ever." But there is "a willingness to at least give a little more to the labor force." Maybe that willingness "will even carry over to giving up a little decision-making power as well" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/17).