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NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - joe4psu - 03-31-2012 07:24 AM
Will they...when will...how will...oh crap.
This seems very logical. There is too big a divide between the conferences to consider them the same classification isn't there? What would this really mean? I doubt that the "AQ's" will want to stop scheduling the "non-AQ's" in football. Can just football be reclassified?
Separating NCAA Division I wealth is coming as haves and have-nots become divided - Jon Solomon, al.com
...NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters this week he has suggested to university presidents they consider changing the setup of NCAA governance to address the Division I financial gap. It's a gap where Alabama and Auburn spend more than $100 million, and UAB, South Alabama, Troy and Samford operate budgets of $25 million or less. And the gap keeps widening.
This issue isn't new to former NCAA President Cedric Dempsey. The NCAA restructured itself in the 1990s, largely due to concerns about legislative equity. The one-school, one-vote model was abandoned. The 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences -- including all six BCS conferences -- are now permanently on the 18-member Division I Board of Directors.
"I would suspect there's going to be either another subdivision or a separate division itself," Dempsey said. "Control and money are the driving forces."
The final straw may be the cost-of-attendance debate. The Division I board pushed through a well-intentioned rule allowing schools the choice to provide up to $2,000 a year more to athletes' scholarships. But enough members opposed it to suspend the rule.
...Conference realignment is largely about schools chasing TV dollars and positioning for future seismic shifts. The rhetoric has grown so loud that 53-year-old Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari told The Sporting News this month the NCAA won't govern four power conferences by the time he retires.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said he doesn't anticipate such a drastic change, but acknowledged there is "shaken confidence" from some Division I members.
...Dempsey said there have always been threats -- veiled or real -- by the power schools to break off from the NCAA.
"That was discussed even in 1996: 'If we can't have control of the (NCAA voting) structure, we'll do our own thing,'" Dempsey recalled. "I think to accomplish their goals, the threat will always be there."
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - bitcruncher - 03-31-2012 07:47 AM
I've been predicting this all along...
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - dogma - 03-31-2012 08:14 AM
So has a wide majority of all college football fans
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - bitcruncher - 03-31-2012 08:54 AM
It's been inevitable since the CFA formed. It was just a matter of time...
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - ohio1317 - 03-31-2012 09:18 AM
One important note: The quotes said division I as opposed to division I-A. Most the football schools are fairly wealthy compared to the non-football ones even from non-AQ ranks.
Either way this works though, I think it will be a good thing. Two things that seem feared that I don't think will happen if the NCAA leads this.
1. I don't think they'll remove teams/conferences from the NCAA Tournament. This is the NCAA's golden goose and they aren't going to risk damaging it. That means that if there is subdivision changes with division I, I don't think they'll go so far as changing the post-season. More likely, the different subdivisions will simply allow for different rules on somethings like scholarships, maybe academic requirements, etc. The teams will continue to play nonconference and in the NCAA Tournament however.
2. If this does include an additional breakdown between I-A and I-AA, I don't think the separation will be as large as between I-A and I-AA currently is. I don't see the games between them decreasing and they'll probably even continue with the same bowls (and playoff :( ) structure. Again you are probably talking different rules with scholarships, maybe a little different academic requirements, etc.
All in all, I think this would probably be good because it lets us acknowledge what is already reality. If the NCAA is leading this, I don't see anyway we go a lot further and ending games between the two subdivisions or separating the bowls/playoff.
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - cyc46 - 03-31-2012 09:56 AM
If they break away they risk their tax exempt status. Once you break away to chase the bank, the IRS will definitely take notice.
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - Louis Kitton - 03-31-2012 10:01 AM
I don't think anything will happen.
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - 10thMountain - 03-31-2012 10:05 AM
Yup, if the Big 5 know that a playoff is inevitable, they want it for themselves without having to give auto bids to the CUSA, WAC, MWC, & MAC champs.
I really don't think they are worried about facing Congress since almost all the Flagship schools (ie the ones with political clout) will go in this move.
I also don't think they care about the losing the status of "NCAA Tournament" since they are taking all the money makers with them. There will still be Cinderellas, just now the Cindys will be schools like Alabama and Southern Cal...which will only make them even MORE money.
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - buckaineer - 03-31-2012 10:20 AM
This has been coming for a long time. This goes right along with the superconferences, etc. The power conferences said in the beginning that they were either going to have major changes in the NCAA such as this, or that they would break off and form their own division or even own governing body-free of the constraints they believe are in place to keep the have nots in the game with them.
RE: NCAA President has suggested changing the setup of NCAA governance - He1nousOne - 03-31-2012 10:23 AM
The question isnt really if it could happen but really the question is what are the rest of the Schools willing to give up to these Powers in order to keep things as they are. New conference dividing rules that will indirectly guarantee more realignment?
The amount of scholarships to be given out has to be a smokescreen at this point. Does it matter? Yes. Does it matter in comparison to some other issues like the one above? Nope.