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Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 1:16 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

NEW YORK -- While most of the talk this week at Pac-12 Media Days was about the landmark networks that the conference is launching next year, there was always that elephant in the room with the league's two most high-profile programs, Oregon and USC, dealing with the NCAA enforcement process at one stage or another.

As someone who has gotten a crash course in the process recently, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott sees the trend of programs dealing with similar issues to continue over the next few years if things don't end up changing.

"It seems to me, in my two years here, that the cloud, the controversy, isn't going away," Scott said. "What I'm pushing for is aggressive reform at the NCAA level on the way enforcement is done, on the way we treat student-athletes, scholarships and other things like academic standards. I'm hopeful that President Mark Emmert, who is holding a retreat with the presidents, is going to try and drive an agenda.

"I'm not alone in this. Mike Slive, you'll hear (Jim) Delany, the six of us are aligned. We need some meaningful change, not incremental change. What shape that takes, I don't yet know. Mike and Jim have put out some specific proposals, which I admire them for, but the NCAA is a bureaucracy. There's a process they're going to have to go through. I hope the leadership at the president level is able to make more meaningful change than I've seen been able to be made in the last two years."

Given the fact that the money from television deals has never been higher and the news about violations has never been greater, many have just said to heck with it and the Big Six power conferences should just separate from the NCAA. Scott doesn't feel that's coming in the near future but recognizes that one group schools must be treated different than others.

"I think that would represent a tremendous failure of the NCAA if it comes to that," Scott said of a split. "I'd like to think that we are at a crossroads and at this retreat they'll recognize one size doesn't fit all anymore. There really is no such thing as competitive equity or even playing field. Certain schools obviously have more money than others and have better facilities and can pay more for coaches. Yet a lot of rules are based on one size fits all. That's just something the NCAA leadership is going to have to get over. If that's the standard by which any policy can get made, then I think it's destined to be an ineffective organization long term."

If there's one area that Scott hopes the leadership addresses, it's the legislative process itself.

"It needs to be more nimble," he said. "The thing they need to realize that these so-called clouds or scandals are all about the six conferences. That's what's affecting the image that everyone is talking about. The irony is the six conferences are ready to address those things. If they're held back on the basis that everyone can't do what you to do, then I think there could be challenges to the NCAA down the road."


Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:14 am

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

And college football disappears?

All the money that everyone is talking about would immediately disappear.  What would OU, UT, NE, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, etc... fans do?  Suddenly we are all a fan of the "Southwest" or "Northeast", or whatever they call your regional team?  

Not gonna fly.

Just start fining schools that violate.  Money talks these days so make the ones that violate the rules pay.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:45 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

What we really need is a minor league farm system for the NFL.  As it stands now, the NFL gets a freebie, while the colleges must contend with vice, corruption, and illiterate "students."  MLB has a farm system so that 18-year-old baseball players can get paid a salary to develop their trade -- and not be forced into the charade of attending college.  It is an outrageous farce for these kids to be forced to attend college so they can fulfill their dream of playing pro football.  The anti-trust of college football is not just the BCS: it is the entire system.  The colleges monopolize young talent, and the young talent has no choice, no option, but to attend college.  When you have kids who need money, really don't want to be in college, don't want to study, and just want to play sports, you have an incongruous situation with which these schools of "higher learning" must contend.  

We need a 12-team, AAA football minor league for the NFL, run by the NFL.  With that, college football can become an amateur sport, like college baseball.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:04 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

Scott, as usual, brings up several good points.  The fact of the matter is that the Big Six Cnferences are the lifeline of College Football, along with Notre Dame.  The bottom line is this.  If the Sun Belt Conference disappeared, there would be some disappointment, but if the SEC disappeared, College Football would be crushed. 

He is also right that the NCAA has to obviously move faster than it did withthe USC issue.  The NCAA has a tendency to crawl on issues like this.  The NCAA is going to have to start realizing that their very existance is totally dependent on about 50 schools.  Their "one shoe fits all" philosophy is just plain stupid.  That is going to have to change.  As far as "who cares" about what Larry Scott says, I suggest that the person who posted that wake up and take a reality check.  Scott and Mike Slive are the two most powerful men in the NCAA.

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:51 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

Larry Scott is talking about legislative reforms, not the processes surrounding rules enforcement.

The argument he's making, which isn't spelled out exactly, but is pretty clear from the article is this:

The Power Six conferences can afford to implement stricter rules, player stipends, and hire more compliance/enforcement staff. Most schools outside of the Power Six cannot.

The NCAA makes its rules through a legislative body where the SEC has no more clout than the MEAC. Scott is  suggesting that those programs who can afford it, be held to a higher standard than those who cannot. The problem is that's not currently how the NCAA operates and there is effectively no differentiation between, say Ohio State and Appalachian State when it comes to amateurism or recruiting rules.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:44 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

Who cares what Scott wants? Evidently Colorado, Utah, and the TV stations that paid one of the largest contracts ever. But I guess a billion isn't a big deal to a super cool CBS poster like you.

Scott has got to be the only comminsioner that isn't an absolute sellout or pushover.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:47 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

Seriously, who cares what Larry Scott wants?

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Larry Scott wants meaningful, quick NCAA reforms

The NCAA decision making process is far too subjective with unlcear rules open to interpretation, the NCAA's interpretation. A quasi-judical process before a nuetral decision make would be a welcome change.

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