NASHVILLE -- Dick Schultz, executive director of the NCAA, will make his fourth "state of the association" address this afternoon during the opening business session of the 85th annual NCAA convention. Reform will be the main topic, but a Division I-A football tournament might also be mentioned.
The NCAA sponsors 16-team championship tournaments in Division I-AA, II and III football, while the I-A climax continues to revolve around the traditional bowls. Even before 1990's muddled finish on New Year's Day, Schultz was quoted as saying he thought there would a I-A tournament before the year 2000.
The convention gets down to business tomorrow, when divisions meet separately to vote on legislation that pertains to them.
* There is plenty of lobbying to be done. Drexel soccer coach and Baltimore native Johnson Bowie is here representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which is concerned with proposed legislation that would push back the start of the season.
"There is proposed legislation that wouldn't let soccer, cross country and field hockey teams play until Sept. 7 instead of the current start-up date of Sept. 1," Bowie said. "That whole week is one of the best to play, because many schools aren't even in session yet and the students aren't going to miss class. A lot of good tournaments are held then."
* UMBC athletic director Charlie Brown made a statement in the area of cutting costs when the Retrievers' traveling party of five drove here yesterday. It was a 12-hour trip.