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Emmert Says NCAA Needs Big Changes

NCAA president Mark Emmert has called a brainstorming retreat for the second week of August in which he and about 50 university presidents will discuss the challenges facing college sports today.  Yesterday, Emmert made it clear on the NCAA’s official website that he believes big changes need to be made in order to deal with those challenges:

“The integrity of collegiate athletics is seriously challenged today by rapidly growing pressures coming from many directions.  We have reached a point where incremental change is not sufficient to meet these challenges.  I want us to act more aggressively and in a more comprehensive way than we have in the past.  A few new tweaks of the rules won’t get the job done.”

Get ready to hear more talk of a new “big money” division within the NCAA football structure.  Rather than a split from the NCAA, several coaches, administrators and media members now expect — at some point — that the big BCS leagues will become their own division as part of an overall NCAA restructuring. 

Emmert alluded to the fact that “the huge financial differences across Division I make it very hard to create ‘one-size-fits-all rules.”

We have scoffed at the idea of a BCS breakaway from the NCAA for years.  “Who writes the new rulebook?  What about basketball, baseball and other sports?”  A new division within Division I, however?  Very doable.


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