By Dennis Dodd
Let’s calculate the odds of any real change coming out of this week’s NCAA presidential retreat.
All we have is history which has not been kind. In the late 1980s, the nation’s college presidents were charged with taking control of athletic landscape amid a time of scandal. In other words, live up to their job description.
So much for that. In the quarter century since 1987 (SMU death penalty) college football has averaged three football major violation cases per year. In one 13-day period in July (during our reform series, consequently), three schools went on probation in football in less than two weeks.
The presidential initiative hasn’t failed — the venerable Myles Brand was the first NCAA CEO to come from the academic side. It has been more uneven. For good reason.
Athletics aren’t a front burner item to most college CEOs. They are in charge of what are frequently billion-dollar budgets. Athletics is a small part of that budget. They would be no big deal if the embarrassment factor weren’t plugged in. Read more…