NCAA asks administrators how they’d redesign Division I athletics

The NCAA has posted a “Call for Proposals” page online, asking college administrators to provide feedback on how they’d redesign Division I athletics. Among the many questions asked are:

What should the membership structure look like?
Should there be further division of schools?
Can one structure work, or does the NCAA need a different set of rules and championships for each division?
How should the Division I board be structured? It currently comprises 18 university presidents and chancellors.
Should athletic directors or faculty members be a part of the board? Should there be a subcommittee of ADs that provide direction to the board?

The answers to these questions will go a long way toward determining whether the big five conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — should play in their own division, a key question hovering over the NCAA.

Other hot-button issues, such as paying athletes a stipend or a salary, are not part of this survey.

A special email address has been established to collect the feedback from administrators.

This is part of a six-month process the NCAA initiated in August to solicit ideas from its membership. This document at http://redesigndivisiononegov.org/ provides direction for the survey, which is due in November.

Another phase will be implemented on Oct. 29 when the NCAA invites administrators to go before the board and present ideas. Among those groups will be: ADs; faculty athletic reps; commissioners; members of the student-athlete advisory committee; and others.

The information gathered by the Division I board will be used at the NCAA Convention in San Diego on Jan. 16-17 as part of a town hall meeting for all Division I members.

The NCAA says the board will look for a strong consensus in certain areas and use that as a basis for future change.

Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, the chairman of the Division I board, has appointed a steering committee to guide the redesign. They are:

• Gene Block, chancellor, UCLA
• Rita Cheng, chancellor, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
• Michael Drake, chancellor, University of California, Irvine
• David Leebron, president, Rice University
• Harris Pastides, president, University of South Carolina
• Kirk Schulz, president, Kansas State University
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