Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

June 5, 2014

College powerhouses force change upon NCAA

Leaders of the Big Ten conference are joining a growing number of college athletic powers calling for more “autonomy” – a way of telling the NCAA that major change is coming one way or another.

Leaders of the "Power Five" conferences – the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, and now Big Ten – say they want more leeway in addressing issues that confront college athletic programs.

They're hamstrung in attempts at reform, which get voted down at NCAA meetings by smaller schools with fewer resources. Those smaller institutions, on the other hand, have long feared that liberalizing the rules would give richer schools an even bigger recruiting and competitive advantage.

A statement issued by the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors at the end of last weekend’s meeting was firm, if not threatening:

“While the NCAA Board of Directors' Steering Committee on Governance has made good progress in the area of autonomy, more work needs to be done as we seek to implement a 21st century governance structure that preserves the collegiate model while allowing each school to focus on improved student-athlete welfare,” it stated.

This was the Big Ten’s way of reaffirming the Golden Rule: Those with the gold make the rules.

If the actions of 65 teams that make up the powerhouse conferences  are not a call for revolution, they certainly are a strong statement that restructuring how the NCAA has conducted business for the past 50 years is about to end.

The Big Ten follows a letter circulated in late May by the Pac-12 to institutions in other major conferences. Pac-12 presidents outlined a 10-point plan that includes proposals such as paying athletes a stipend.

"We acknowledge the core objectives could prove to be expensive and controversial, but the risks of inaction or moving too slowly are far greater," the letter reads. "The time for tinkering with the rules and making small adjustments is over."

This move to give conferences more freedom in drafting rules and guidelines has been gaining momentum for years. But the actions of football players at Northwestern University to form a union seems to have escalated the topic.

Even NCAA leaders have agreed that something needs to be done. But given the size and diverse nature of the NCAA's membership, finding a model that’s acceptable to all has proven elusive, if not impossible.

This much is clear, though: The “Power Five” own the major brand names. With the help of their own TV networks, those conferences stand on solid financial footing, thanks largely to football,  which allows them to chart their own fates.

Big Ten presidents made clear they don’t want to see the traditions developed over the years by the NCAA dissolved. Instead, in conjunction with the Pac-12, they favor more flexibility in addressing those issues they and their athletes see as critical.

This leaves the future configuration the NCAA murky. The “Power Five” represent the nation’s biggest athletic departments, but how will schools from conferences like the Big East, Mountain West, Missouri Valley, Mid-American and others continue to compete as equal members?

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Sliver - one of the most powerful figures in college sports - was much more demanding and threatening in his assessment of what needs to be done.

He warned that the SEC would look at pulling out of the NCAA Division I and forming a new division if the “Power Five” aren’t awarded more autonomy. That sets up a showdown later this summer when the Division I board of directors vote on the matter.

“If it doesn’t pass, the next move would be to go to a ‘Division 4,’” Sliver said at the SEC’s spring meetings in Destin, Fla. “It’s not something we want to do.”

The powers of college sports have it clear. One way or another, change is on the way.

 Tom Lindley is a CNHI sports columnist. Reach him at tlindley@cnhi.com.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SLIDESHOW: High school football

    August 23, 2014

  • Panthers pick up win in Andrews' opener ELKHART - An emotional Friday night for Nate Andrews ended in victory. The first-year NorthWood coach, guiding a program once led by his late father Jim, saw his Panthers rally for a season-opening 14-6 victory over the Jimtown Jimmies at Knepp Field

    August 22, 2014

  • GN140823 fb ghs carroll 20 Carroll charges past Goshen GOSHEN — Too many penalties and too many dropped passes were a big part of the story for the Goshen Redskins in a 40-7 loss to the Carroll Chargers in a high school football opener Friday night at Foreman Field in Goshen. “Our offense is not built fo

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marian too much for Fairfield MISHAWAKA – All Jacob Whitfield had to do was run. His offensive linemen were the guys doing all the work. The junior running back for the Marian High football team rushed for 117 yards in the first half, and finished with 158 yards and four touchdow

    August 22, 2014

  • Strong second half carries Concord to win DUNLAP — The rain held off during the season opener at Concord. But the Minutemen took care of that, as they rained points in the second half. Concord scored three touchdowns after halftime to break open a close game, and the Minutemen cruised to a 2

    August 22, 2014

  • Raider defense earns shutout to start season |MIDDLEBURY — In Payton Carson’s first career start at quarterback, it was his legs, not his arm, that was the difference for the Northridge Raiders Friday night. Carson took a quarterback keeper 47 yards for a touchdown on third and 14 in the second

    August 22, 2014

  • Kevin Love Trade Basketball [GOSHEN NEWS] Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Tha

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Is this a commercial for batting gloves or a baseball game?

    Major league baseball desperately needs to speed up the action. Here's a place to start: Nix the mind-numbing ritual of hitters who first adjust the right batting glove, then the left one, after every single pitch.
     

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT GN140822 Nick Martin ND Player to Watch: Nick Martin For the past three years, he’s simply been “Zack’s brother.” It’s always been about Zack. Upon arriving at Notre Dame as a freshman, Zack Martin started every single game of his four-year career. But he’s departed to the NFL now, and it’s not-so-little brother Nick’s time to shine.|Each week leading up to the start of the Notre Dame football season, beat writer Robby Howard will showcase a key Irish player to watch, previewing 10 players in total. Three players will be featured next week leading up to the season-opener against

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • WNBA MVP Basketball [TGN Online] Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award Minnesota's Maya Moore has won the WNBA most valuable player award after leading the league in scoring. The WNBA announced that Moore will receive the award before the Lynx host San Antonio in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results