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NCAA Rule Changes Could Increase Parity in Football

ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has a report from the American Football Coaches Association discussing the set of deregulation proposals from the Rules Working Group that the Board of Directors will vote on at the NCAA Convention. The gist of the reaction to changes is a feeling that the bigger revenue schools will separate themselves and that […]

Breaking Down the NCAA’s First Steps Toward Deregulation

On January 19, 2013, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors will meet at the NCAA Convention. It should be a significant day in NCAA history. The board will likely adopt 26 proposals that represent the most sweeping deregulation of NCAA rules ever attempted in a single stroke. The proposals touch on staffing, off-campus recruiting, […]

Chadron State Making Changes After NCAA Investigation

Chadron State, under investigation for financial irregularities and the handling of booster funds, has ahead of its hearing with the NCAA. Some of the steps it will take include: Hiring a business officer to oversee athletic department finances. Hiring a full-time compliance officer to ensure the college complies with NCAA rules. Reviewing policies and procedures […]

Death of the Big East Has Big Consequences for NCAA

The NCAA would have a number of options of how to handle the death of the Big East and/or WAC as FBS conferences. But as we will see, all of those options lead to the same result: more power for the have-nots. 1. Big East/WAC or Successor Keeps the Votes If the Big East and […]

For-Profit GCU’s Winding Path to Division I

For all the crazy moves seen during the current stretch of conference realignment, the most controversial has been Grand Canyon University’sjump from Division II to Division I and the Western Athletic Conference. Should GCU successfully navigate the Division I membership process, it will become the first for-profit college in Division I. That has raised the […]

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A Better Athletics Major

Calls to let athletes major in sports are nothing new, and make a lot of sense. Artistic majors are nothing new, and the chances of making it as a professional athlete are similar to those of making it as a ballet star, musician, or blockbuster artist. The arguments against athletics majors are just as well […]

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McNair’s Defamation Case Could Lead to More Transparency for the NCAA

In recent years transparency has become one of the buzzwords in NCAA criticism. Transparency is held out either as an end by itself (i.e. “The NCAA should release all information about investigations.”) and as a means to another (i.e. “Transparency would solve the athlete major clustering problem.”). The NCAA has moved toward being more open […]

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NCAA Regulation on Timing of Realignment Needed

No one likes conference realignment except the conference adding a school and the school on the move. At any given time, everyone else hates the idea. The conference losing the school has to respond, and other conferences/schools get nervous. Even the schools welcoming a new member see diluted schedules and in some cases a long […]

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Business As Usual for NCAA DII and DIII Legislation

The normal Division I legislative process is on hold this year, although the Rule Working Group proposals are due to be voted on by the Division I Board of Directors in January. And while the Rules Working Group proposals are important, the bigger changes are coming next year and there are far fewer than in […]

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Why Third Party Relationships Are the NCAA’s Biggest Issue

Increasingly the NCAA is treading into a grey area. The association is asking more and more about the who behind a student-athlete or prospect rather than the what. As more and more student-athletes are having to sit out and repay expenses, the issue is coming to the fore. And the NCAA must wrestle with how […]

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