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ACC Commish Jumps On The Slive Train

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that ACC commissioner John Swofford’s opening speech from his league’s media days event mirrored that of SEC commissioner Mike Slive.  NCAA president Mark Emmert has a plan.  League commissioners across the country are aware of his goals they want to get onboard.  Also, other BCS commissioners don’t want to appear as though they’re only looking inward toward their own football season while Slive and the SEC are looking outward to the very future of college athletics.  (You can expect Dan Beebe, Larry Scott, Jim Delany, an others to discuss NCAA reform in the coming days.)

Tweaking the “major/secondary” violation system.  Cost-of-attendance scholarships.  Multi-year scholarships.  The biggies of Slive’s plan were right there in Swofford’s speech.  All leading into next month’s NCAA retreat to discuss potential changes to the system.

While all of these visionary ideas won’t come to pass, fans should expect that a few of them — maybe even many of them — will someday become reality.  The NCAA president and conference commissioners work for university presidents.  If the commissioners are speaking of bold change, it’s likely they’ve talked about such plans with their own leagues’ administrators.

In other words, a consensus for change is forming.



 


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