Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Change will come to NCAA, but how much?
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Jan 17, 2014 | 2910 views |  0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s good to see that delegates at the NCAA convention this week in San Diego seem willing to give the schools from power conferences more say over issues that affect them.

But here’s the problem – how do you accomplish that, and which issues should they have more control over?

There are 65 schools in the five most powerful conferences, which includes the Southeastern Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast. There are about 350 schools in Division I, and most of them just aren’t playing the same game as schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida.

Whether you think the small schools should be allowed to tell the big boys what to do may depend on which side of the aisle you sit in regards to national politics. But there’s a difference – in the United States, you can’t go start your own government just because you don’t like the way things are run. In college sports, that’s sort of up for debate.

We all have heard about how cool it would be if the Big Five broke away and started their own organization away from the NCAA. But while that might seem nice for college football, it wouldn’t work so well for other sports.

Also, pulling out of the NCAA wouldn’t erase concerns about issues such as rule enforcement, spending, postseason structure and gender equity.

Putting the largest schools into a separate division as a compromise might work in football, but again, it would be hard to do in other sports, where not all the power teams are coming from the Big Five. Also, that essentially is what the NCAA already is doing in football, where there are the FBS and FCS. Those distinctions are erased in basketball.

Bottom line – change is coming. Maybe. Sort of. We’ll see.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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