Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
Winners, Losers from Week that Changed College Sports
by Naples Daily News (Florida) August 2014
Football games don’t begin for about three weeks, but college sports has its first winners and losers of the season. Two major decisions in about a 30-hour period Thursday and Friday shook the landscape. First, the NCAA granting governing autonomy to the power conferences was seen by some as creating a new, über-class of 65 schools. A gated community of programs, so to speak.
'Full Cost of Attendance' Tops Agenda for Power 5
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
Now that the NCAA's board of directors has approved a new governance structure for Division I, the leaders of those conferences can begin tackling their to-do list.
Sun Belt Commissioner: The Future Will Hold Challenges
by Doug Roberson; Staff August 2014
Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson seemed non-plussed by Thursday's news that the "Power Five" conferences composed of the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12, plus Notre Dame, will be allowed autonomy within Division I.
Autonomy Vote Just Start of Long NCAA Reform Road
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
A reform process that has been long, tedious and sometimes contentious will conclude today when the NCAA Division I board of directors is expected to approve a new governance structure that will give the five wealthiest conferences a significant measure of autonomy in their ability to make rules.
Basketball Administrators' Advice to CFB Playoff Panel
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The only folks who have any idea what this process is like are those who go through a similar one for basketball.
ACC Unveils Stipend Proposal for Power 5
by Ken Sugiura; Staff August 2014
Athletic Director Mike Bobinski outlined a stipend proposal that the ACC plans to present after the NCAA's board of directors votes Thursday on a new governance structure that would grant rule-making autonomy to the five power conferences.
Opinion: Settlements Prove NCAA Is Not Full of Idiots
by Tim Dahlberg July 2014
Two down, one big one to go. And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren't the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be. The NCAA's agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind - if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted it if everyone who ever suffered a concussion playing college sports were somehow able to cash in. Coupled with a $20 million settlement on a video games lawsuit announced on the eve of Ed O'Bannon's landmark trial in June, the NCAA not only deftly avoided two major threats, but did so relatively cheaply. Unlike the $765 million concussion settlement the NFL agreed to, the NCAA will not pay players for any damage caused to their brains and will not pay to treat them even if such damage is diagnosed.
Northwestern's Fitzgerald: Unionization Efforts 'a Positive'
by Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press July 2014
No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists no team is more unified than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.
Some Athletes Don't Use Scholarship Money as Intended
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor July 2014
It may surprise the casual fans that NCAA student-athletes receive checks, even if they aren't yet playing for pay. But they do. Dawn Martinez, assistant athletic director/compliance at the University of New Mexico, said student-athletes with full-ride scholarships will receive $9,340 for the coming school year if they stay in the dorms. She said off-campus student-athletes will receive $9,970.74. Those funds are divided into monthly checks during the fall and spring sessions.
How the TSSAA Saved Itself and High School Sports
by Stephen Hargis July 2014
When Bernard Childress took over as executive director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association five years ago the first thing he had to do was hark back to his days as a prep basketball coach. In sports terms, it was late in the game and Childress's team was so far behind that a monumental rally was needed. The TSSAA had been financially drained after defending itself against one of its member schools -- Brentwood Academy -- in a lawsuit that circulated through the judicial system for 10 years, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. The football powerhouse never denied the recruiting violations it was accused of in 1997, but said that the penalty imposed by the TSSAA -- suspension from post-season play for two years and a $3,000 fine -- was too severe. After losing its appeal to the TSSAA, the school changed its argument, saying that its constitutional rights had been violated, and filed suit.