Changes to NCAA Division I Governance Coming

Mark Emmert warns us fools that a lot of changes will be coming to NCAA Division I sports governance over the next six to eight months. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

“I’ve said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn’t work,” Emmert said during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives.

We have all wished for positive changes in these areas, but if it comes from Emmert, can it be positive?

I know. I’m rough on Vicky’s close compadre.

I’ll get rougher. Any governance package that preserves Emmert’s imperial status will suuuuuuuuuuuck!

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  1. Joe says

    I have no clue what this “new NCAA governance” is or will be, but I feel very certain that within the next 24 months, you will see the top 60-80 teams form their own athletics governance organization and wave bye-bye to the NCAA. Good or bad, it’s going to happen. I’m thinking it will include $$ for athletes, a streamlined rule book, quick and consistent punishment for violators, cleaning up the agent/handler mess and a commissioner who has a level of authority similar to Goddell & Selig.

    I just don’t see how the NCAA can survive just by putting more lipstick on the pig!

    • says

      Is “I feel very certain” kind of like “I’m pretty sure” or “I’m almost positive”?

      I doubt that anything as drastic as what you describe will occur, but I am no more inside this morass than you are and vice versa.

      Good discussion fodder for the corner bullshit emporium known as The Nittany Turkey.

      On the subject of expressions like “I’m almost positive”, a Zane quote will suffice. (Zane is Artificially Sweetened’s son, who was around 10 years old at the time of the following utterance.)

      “Back then, they spoke Greek and Latin which I’m pretty sure are the same thing.”


      • Joe says

        Well sort of like the caveat “If the good Lord is willing and the river don’t rise!”, yeah I’m “almost positive”, that the big boys are going to say enough is enough. They’ll be essentially creating a minor league for football and BB. And I’m also under the belief that the NFL and NBA should be writing a check each year to support these institutes of higher learning that are providing the “free” development of the athletes that eventually sustain their leagues. I’m all for the concept of student athletes and amateur purity, but that’s been gone at the D1A level for a long time and isn’t coming back.

        The NCAA won’t be able to re-float their battleship with a concept of governance and realistic rules and violation investigation/punishment that will ever make any sense, so why bother. Cut the cord and “rule thyself”! Accept what it is and deal with it and if a school doesn’t like it, they can always stay under that warm blanket called the NCAA.

        • says

          American history lesson forthcoming. “Good Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise…” referred to the Creek Indian nation, not to flowing bodies of water. Yankees never understood the meaning when they heard good old boys talking that way, so they took Creeks to mean creeks. However, the expression dates back to the Creek civil war of 1812, which is considered part of the greater War of 1812. The Creeks were divided into two factions: one that wanted to deal with whites and live a white lifestyle, and another that wanted nothing to do with the whites and the non-purist Creeks. The British and Spanish sided with the latter, but the Americans, feeling threatened, wanted to put down that faction. In 1813 some white militiamen attacked a train carrying supplies from the Spanish in Florida to the insular faction of the Creeks, called the Red Sticks, who retaliated by massacring 517 men, women, and children in the stockade at Fort Mims, Alabama. Not very bright because the response by the U.S. Army pretty much spelled the end of the Red Sticks. The expression about the Good Lord and the Creeks arose out of the Fort Mims massacre.

          But I digress.

          I agree with the inevitability of the degeneration of college football into an NFL farm system. Our only disagreement is in the timing. I believe it will evolve slowly and insidiously. The gladiator thing, as it were, justified by the paucity of funding sources for today’s universities. With government subsidies drying up, we need our hired athletes to fund the university! Let’s stop the charade, already!

          I have a feeling, though, that the NCAA is not going to let a potential pot of gold like that slip through its fingers very easily.

          I wonder what Vicky Triponey is thinking about the restored scholarships.

          I’m watching hockey tonight, good Lord willing and the Creeks don’t rise. Final pre-season game for the Pens. Detroit — now back in the east, where it belongs.


          • Joe says

            Well where I grew up (near Wilkes-Barre), the Creeks never set up camp and I think the Delaware, Nanticoke, and other tribes were long gone (probably to the Poconos to look for suitable property for their casino), the expression as I always heard it growing up always included “river”, most likely from watching the mighty Susquehanna wash the Wyoming Valley clean every couple of years. I appreciate the correction and the opportunity to increase my Trivial Pursuit knowledge, but with your understanding, I’ll continue to use “river”, as if I used creek or Creeks back home, no one would understand what the hell I was saying. Sort of like soda in Pittsburgh and pop in Philadelphia!

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