Posted August 16, 2013

Report: NCAA directors take first steps toward governance review

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In the face of growing criticism, Mark Emmert is trying to involve athletic directors in NCAA governance.

Mark Emmert has been criticized for the NCAA’s ineffective governance. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A memo obtained by CBSSports.com revealed the NCAA board of directors has approved the first steps at reviewing and possibly restructuring its governance.

According to the report, recommendations submitted by management consultant Jean Frankel have been approved by unanimous vote. Frankel reportedly submitted those recommendations after meeting with an estimated 250 college adminstrators, as well as, attending Collegiate Commissioners Association and BCS functions.

Questions surrounding the NCAA’s future governance made headlines last month when several BCS commissioners publicly expressed their frustrations with the association. The NCAA has received criticism for president Mark Emmert’s severe sanctions against Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and controversial tactics used in the investigation of the University of Miami. The association has also been criticized for profiting off the likenesses and names of its amateur athletes in the EA Sports class-action lawsuit and the sale of NCAA apparel tied to specific player searches on its website.

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According to the report, the memo includes the possibility of a special convention in July 2014 and a recommendation to redefine the role of the NCAA executive committee as a “more vital vehicle.”

Items in the recommendations include:

• Governance review will be a one-year process. “Criteria” and “approach” will be communicated to the membership in early September.

• “Membership stakeholders” will begin the process of “idea submission as desired.”

• NCAA governance consultant (Frankel) and NCAA staff continue the outreach to membership soliciting ideas and input.

• The board “continues its work on engagement.”

• The NCAA executive committee begins work on “corporate role definition.”

• The NCAA staff continues to develop “leadership strategy.”


7 comments
HerbWalden
HerbWalden

You are living in a dream world, you dont think NCAA isnt greedy using athletes to make revenue, and Wall Street does run itself, thats whats wrong with USA, greed is all over.  NCAA has buried itself and anybody else could do a beter job with good leadership and fair equal discipline to all.  NCAA makes all this money and wont let athletes have any, somebody needs to sue and get rid of current NCAA leadership its a joke.  Big Conferences make the money, small colleges are not equal, wake up pal!!!!!!

Jim79
Jim79

The NCAA has outlived its usefulness, IMHO.  The major conferences, and others of like thoughts, should form their own organization, even if still technically within the NCAA.  Too much bad has befallen the NCAA recently for it to drag itself back out of the muck.  Something must be done to preserve the sports involved.  

HerbWalden
HerbWalden

NCAA needs to let commissioners define the role not Mark and his under study, who dont know jack, big conferences need to seperate themselves and fire Mark and his staff.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Jim79 and you think an organization run by the big conferences will be any better?  

mystafugee
mystafugee

@HerbWalden oh great idea, just let those greedy conferences run themselves, why not let Wall St. just regulate itself too.  

TimHarb
TimHarb

@mystafugee @HerbWalden The NCAA is not a government agency like the ones that watch Wall St. They do not have to follow due process of law. This was already established in the courts. Right now you just have greed watching greed and no independent reviews.