NCAA President Mark Emmert addresses the media contingent at the Final Four in the midst of numerous scandals at member schools. ROBERT DEUTSCH/USA TODAY SPORTS (Robert Deutsch / June 17, 2013)
In a move that signifies a change in its age-old philosophy, the NCAA is working towards including athletic directors in more key issues.
Part of that move begins with the creation of a new council composed of athletic directors that will meet regularly with NCAA president Mark Emmert told the Wall Street Journal. The group will start meeting in July and will discuss certain issues key to the college athletics.
The idea is to shift rulings like the one on recruiting from the hands of college presidents who maybe detached from the day-to-day aspects of the rules and into the hands of athletic directors who work more closely with coaches and their assistants.
“It's clear right now where the association has gone, it's pushed the pendulum too far in one direction,” Emmert told the WSJ. "And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion.”
An example of that was the recent flap surrounding new recruiting regulations such as eliminating the restrictions on recruiting staffs as well as increasing the number of times a school can contract a recruit.
The new rules were met with such a backlash from athletic directors and coaches that they were eventually pulled back. It was a topic of discussion last week during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in Orlando.
It’s just the latest example of the problems that continue to haunt college athletics ruling body.
In recent months, the NCAA has been in the crosshairs for being too detached from the everyday problems of its members as well as a very publicized and messy admission that it’s investigators had acquired evidence in the University of Miami investigation illegally. A claim detailed in a recent Sports Illustrated article.
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