NCAA Convention Coverage

Last Updated - January 13, 2012 11:47 GMT

Emmert embraces collegiate model
NCAA President Mark Emmert told delegates during the Convention’s opening business session Thursday that college athletics is facing a fork in the road.

Naturally, he encouraged the membership to take it.
However, rather than choose one branch of the fork that some critics have suggested, which is to abandon the collegiate model the NCAA has nurtured for more than a century, Emmert told the standing-room-only crowd that the Association has a shared responsibility to fix the collegiate model in the context of the contemporary athletics landscape.
“We have to acknowledge there are real problems that need to be dealt with, and we have to deal with them in the real context of the 21st century,” Emmert said.

Council broadens ‘agent’ definition
The Division I Legislative Council tabled several proposals in anticipation of the work of the Transforming Intercollegiate Athletics: Rules Working Group’s recommendations later this year, though it did cast votes Wednesday on several key pieces of legislation.
Council chair Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, senior associate executive director of the Ivy League, said the meeting was different than a customary Council meeting because members didn’t pore over every detail of each proposal.
“We tabled a significant number of proposals in deference to the fact that there are a lot of discussions going on about what our rules need to look like,” Campbell-McGovern said.
However, the Council approved a rule that broadens the definition of agents to include third-party influences, including family members, who market student-athletes’ athletics ability or reputation for personal financial gain.

DII discussing championship criteria
The Division II Championships Committee is throwing a number of questions on the table in an effort to assess the membership’s attitude toward in-region, nonconference competition.
“As we see conferences growing, we see fewer nonconference, in-region games being scheduled,” said Bob Boerigter, commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Management Council representative on the Championships Committee. “We’re trying to address that and ask people’s feedback to determine how significant this issue is. Is it really a big deal or is it just a situation where it impacts a few sports in some isolated ways?”
To facilitate discussion, the Championships Committee has prepared a white paper that poses several key questions.