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NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 1:21 am
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Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NCAA is exploring a reduction in the number of scholarships programs can give out as part of a long-term look at reallocating various resources around the organization and at member schools.

The proposals are in a very early stage and stem from one of the four presidential working groups established by President Mark Emmert following his August Presidential Retreat. The groups are expected to recommend significant changes to the operation of Division I athletics to the NCAA Board of Directors to address the growing need for reform.

Following a six-hour meeting in late September, the Resource Allocation Working Group, chaired by Georgia President Michael Adams, agreed to consider a reduction in FBS football scholarships from the current number of 85 to 80 and a reduction in the number of FCS football scholarships from 63 to 60. The reductions would likely follow a move toward a full cost-of-attendance scholarship that is expected to be passed in early 2012. In addition to football, the group agreed to consider a reduction in the number of men's basketball scholarships from 13 to 12 and in women's basketball from 15 to 13.

The cuts are just a few of the controversal recommendations the working group is expected to pursue prior to their presentation to the Board of Directors at the NCAA Convention in January. According to a summary of the group's update, obtained by CBSSports.com, it was agreed upon to recommend eliminating all foreign travel, reduce mandatory out-of-season practice time and explore a reduction in competition (i.e. cutting the number of games for several sports).

Other presidential working groups are also examining financial costs, NCAA rules and student athlete-well being. The NCAA Legislative Council and Board of Directors will both meet next week in Indianapolis.

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Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 3:15 am
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

uitive statement, bc the Ceo holds significant shares, plus will get canned by the board

Thanks, but I was using the term "sudden death" tongue in cheek to suggest that if CFB has anymore marathon eight overtime games, we might see some players drop dead, suddenly.

My only point by making that comment is that I think it could be dangerous to cut scholarship numbers. The disparity between the pro's and college football is great, but I actually think the gap between high school kids and NFL worthy college players is even greater. Basically, there are college athletes right now that are starter ready at the professional level. A few years makes a huge difference, especially between the ages of 18 and 22, which is the time in which boys really become men, i.e. put on that mass they will carry around the rest of their life. However, on the same token they compete against other much less developed kids that are not even close to that level. In the NFL everybody has been through the wars. Since, logically, schools will be forced to rely on more and more contributions from incoming high school kids just simply due to the numbers, cutting scholarships even further will force some very uneven matchups at the one on one level and could set some kids up for serious injury. College is not the pro's. There is a reason why freshmen did not play in the past.  The gap was too great in their first year. We've slowly gone away from that more and more with scholarship reductions, and I think it is just a matter of time before we see more and more kids seriously injured or even killed in college football the more the NCAA cuts scholarships and forces schools to rely on untested, physically immature kids right out of high school. 




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:20 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

So in one news article we read how the NCAA needs to cut scholarships for Student Athletes and in an arcticle we read how the NCAA is considering paying student athletes to play their sport.  Here's a suggestion;  take that money and fund the other programs.  Student athletes are already getting paid with a $150,000 free education.  Let's help more people use their sport to get their education paid for.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:58 am
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

It has expanded the game itself by introducing sudden death so now OT can last hours.

NCAA does not have sudden death OT.  Sudden death means the first team that scores, wins.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:33 am
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Teres Minor,  Let me give you a reason why anyone would give a scholarship to a golfer...because NOT ALL parents can put their kids thru school!!! UNLIKE 80% of THUGS that come off the street doing drugs that can play football or basketball, never having to work for anything but yet because their parents never working for what they have, deserve a scholarship because of TV revenues... is complete bullcrap!!! I take offense to your uneducated comment!!! I have worked my ass off for everyting I have, and golf is a sport, I sacrificed everything I have had to give my daughter a chance, and guess what???? she has earned everything she gets!!! 
And per history, I have never seen or heard of any lockout or strike in golf!!!!  

The reason there is never a lockout in golf is the same reason why cashiers at Starbucks don't strike. Nobody really cares. BTW, nice stereotype, i.e. all football and basketball players are "thug" drug addicts, while of course lilly white golfers are just a bunch hard workers toiling in coal mines to earn their degree. Let me know when my local community rec offers free 18 rounds of golf and free clubs so I can sign my kids up. The truth most athletes in non-revenue sports (besides cheerleaders I guess) are average in terms of academics and would not sniff a scholarship otherwise. They are attending college for free purely on the dime of those "thugs" that generate the money to fund athletic departments. If these non-revunue sports had a truly irreplacable and unique skill, there would be a demand for it. The truth is that they have pampered entitlements brought on by a draconian legislation that doesn't make sense when one considers college enrollment figures.

Besides that, most of these non-revenue sports are terrible. I can go down to the gym and find 10 guys that would utterly trounce the best women's basketball team in the country. Let's just be honest, the NCAA is being borderline racist, misandrist in its approach to the non-revunue versus revunue sports issue. They want to expand the entitlements of marginally skilled, replacable performers from a middle to upper class background with respect to scholarships and restrict the access to higher education for many, many minorities and lower class athletes who have a much more marketable skill set at the rate of 600 scholarships per year. In ten years, that 6,000 people that never got a chance to earn a degree at a major university. And don't pretend like these people can just go to a smaller college because those schools restrict scholarships as well. Either way, somebody (lets be real -- some MAN) is losing out on an educational opportunity somewhere down the line. It all rolls down hill eventually.




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:47 am
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Teres Minor,  Let me give you a reason why anyone would give a scholarship to a golfer...because NOT ALL parents can put their kids thru school!!! UNLIKE 80% of THUGS that come off the street doing drugs that can play football or basketball, never having to work for anything but yet because their parents never working for what they have, deserve a scholarship because of TV revenues... is complete bullcrap!!! I take offense to your uneducated comment!!! I have worked my ass off for everyting I have, and golf is a sport, I sacrificed everything I have had to give my daughter a chance, and guess what???? she has earned everything she gets!!! 
  And per history, I have never seen or heard of any lockout or strike in golf!!!!  



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 11:29 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Well, if they are so smart, maybe they could at least apply some simple math to this idea. Like, for instance, explain to the rest of us how they expect teams to field football teams of 25 to 30 starters including special teams but at the same time cap potential recruits below that level. Just as a hypothetical, say I wanted to sign a recruit for every position for a given recruiting class to field my team, at 20 I'll have to have about six to ten players play multiple positions at minimum. So, basically, this committee is recommending that football programs have scholarship limitations at such a levl that they are below minimum replacment numbers for every position on the team. 22 (not counting special teams starters) > 20. Simple math. A better idea would be just to go to 7-on-7 and play flag football, because that's what college football will look like by the time this rule really takes effect 10 years from now.  I get what you are saying though. These guys are so smart.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:44 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Then need to keep the schollies where they are now in football.  Football and basketball make all of the money.  Make the revenue-eating, Title IX sports as inexpensive as possible, and make all other non-revenue or negative-revenue sports pay their own way.  For example: why would anyone give a scholarship to a golfer?  Golfers have parents who can afford to put their kids through school.  Same with tennis and swimming.  If a sport eats revenue instead of producing it, stop paying for it.  
 
The reason the NCAA doesn't allow football, basketball, or hockey players a cut on sales of their own likenesses and jerseys is because the money goes to fund non-revenue sports.  IF they want to make money, all they have to do is stop flushing what they already make down the toilet.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:49 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

But now after all these moves which are clearly geared to do one thing and one thing only and that is to make lots of money, the NCAA wants to cut scholarships so that fewer players have a chance to obtain an education, teams will have to play grueling schedules over longer seasons, in longer games the require more travel time, with less practice, less conditioning, and with smaller rosters.


There's nothing left to say.

Maybe the NCAA should run our government, they should be able to get us out of debt. They keep on increasing their money revenue and now want to reduce the overhead.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:44 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Your post was more enjoyable to read than this article



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:28 pm
 

NCAA exploring scholarship cut for several sports

Let me see if I get this right about the NCAA.

The NCAA has expanded the numbers of games so that some teams now must play as many as fourteen in season now.

It has expanded the number of bowls so that nearly half of all FBS schools get a bowl invite.

It has allowed the expansion of conferences so now that teams will play more conference games, travel farther, and play in a greater diversity of time zones.

It has expanded the bowl schedule so now some teams are playing until the middle of January.

It has expanded the television packages and contracts so that now in order for the deals to make sense financially, a 3:30 game on CBS takes four to five hours to play since we gotta have all those Budweiser and Ford commercials in to make ends meet.

It has expanded the game itself by introducing sudden death so now OT can last hours.

It has expanded the restrictions on recruiting contacts, practice time, coach-player contact during offseason, conditioning time so now players have less time physically and mentally to prepare for more games.

It has expanded the NCAA tourney and the length of the tournament itself via scheduling so that it takes a month to determine a national champion in basketball.

But now after all these moves which are clearly geared to do one thing and one thing only and that is to make lots of money, the NCAA wants to cut scholarships so that fewer players have a chance to obtain an education, teams will have to play grueling schedules over longer seasons, in longer games the require more travel time, with less practice, less conditioning, and with smaller rosters.

Yea, that's what I thought -- makes absolutely no sense.




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