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CDC84
10-27-2009, 09:50 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4598614&name=katz_andy


The NCAA board of directors has a major meeting Thursday with a slew of basketball-related proposals. Among those that continue to resurface is the one allowing players to practice with their coaching staff (can you imagine?) during the summer as long as they are enrolled in summer school. Schools that don't have a summer session would be exempt. Also: reducing the maximum number of regular-season games from 29 to 28 or 26 plus a multiple-team event (that can be up to four games); allowing team practice to begin on Oct. 1 (and going up from two to four of the allowable eight hours of practice to be devoted to team practice the first week) before getting up to the regular 20-hour practice week beginning Oct. 15; allowing schools to pay for travel expenses for official visits for parents and legal guardians (maybe this would cut down on questionable funding of unofficial visits?); allowing student-athletes to stay on financial aid if they decide not to play after a coach departs but not counting it toward the maximum 13 scholarships; preventing JC or CC transfers from using more than two PE credits.

75Zag
10-27-2009, 12:22 PM
Reduction in number of games will hurt small conference teams who must seek national recognition by playing lots of OOC games. Another BCS / NCAA power grab.

NEC26
10-27-2009, 12:28 PM
Reduction in number of games will hurt small conference teams who must seek national recognition by playing lots of OOC games. Another BCS / NCAA power grab.

I was wondering about that. It would basically give teams who can get into good tournaments the advantage of good games and more of them. Am I reading that wrong? Cause that does seem like an unfair advantage if so.

Postplayer57
10-27-2009, 12:52 PM
that they would be enrolled in Summer School picking up credits toward graduation and improving TEAM work over playing & Teaching in shoe camps to promote maximum exposure for their INDIVIDUAL talents.

ZagNative
10-27-2009, 12:59 PM
The NCAA board of directors has a major meeting Thursday with a slew of basketball-related proposals. Among those that continue to resurface is the one allowing players to practice with their coaching staff (can you imagine?) during the summer as long as they are enrolled in summer school. Schools that don't have a summer session would be exempt. Also: reducing the maximum number of regular-season games from 29 to 28 or 26 plus a multiple-team event (that can be up to four games); allowing team practice to begin on Oct. 1 (and going up from two to four of the allowable eight hours of practice to be devoted to team practice the first week) before getting up to the regular 20-hour practice week beginning Oct. 15; allowing schools to pay for travel expenses for official visits for parents and legal guardians (maybe this would cut down on questionable funding of unofficial visits?); allowing student-athletes to stay on financial aid if they decide not to play after a coach departs but not counting it toward the maximum 13 scholarships; preventing JC or CC transfers from using more than two PE credits.I assume the reduction in the season is being framed as a cost-cutting move due to the downturn in the economy, proposed by major college A.D.'s as dscussed in this story from USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/other/2009-10-26-ncaa-cuts_N.htm).
Athletic directors recommending NCAA cost cuts
By Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY

MIAMI — Major college athletics directors are recommending a series of cost-cutting measures that would touch on every sport, including football.

The seven-part plan was pitched Monday at the Knight Commission's 20th anniversary meeting by Dutch Baughman, executive director of the 1-A Athletics Directors' Association and came out of his group's annual gathering last month in Dallas.

The Knight Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of education and business leaders, has no power to enact proposals but can serve as a pressure point. One of its members, Georgia president Michael Adams, is also chair of the NCAA executive committee. Baughman says he will meet in the near future with the NCAA on the suggestions:

•travel-squad size limitations in every sport

•elimination of non-traditional playing seasons; for example, some sports can play what amount to exhibition games against other schools out of season

•elimination of all foreign team travel

•limit on the sport-specific administrative personnel

•elimination of micro-websites; these would be sites for individual teams or people outside the official athletic department site

•elimination of off-campus housing prior to home contests; for example, many football teams will stay at a local hotel instead of dorms the night before a game

•reduction in the number of regular-season contests, though this would likely not include football.

It was not clear how much money could be saved by the cuts.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, another panelist, said cutting costs at a national or conference level "is a contact sport. … Unless you are ready to deal with power coaches, boosters, board members and the public — we're talking about in a conflict-rich environment — don't take it on. It's easier to generate revenue than to cut costs. I'm being honest with you."

Chuck Young, former Florida president and UCLA chancellor and an original Knight Commission member, said of Baughman's proposals, "These things have come before us time and time again. Nobody will ever adopt these revisions in my opinion. But I'm glad to see them coming up to review again."

CDC84
10-27-2009, 02:12 PM
that they would be enrolled in Summer School picking up credits toward graduation and improving TEAM work over playing & Teaching in shoe camps to promote maximum exposure for their INDIVIDUAL talents.

U.S. college players and coaches have wanted these time limitations chucked in the garbage for years and years. They're antiquated. If the NCAA were to open this up, it would be one of the single greatest decisions they have made in the last 25 years of college athletics.

willandi
10-27-2009, 02:30 PM
Maybe, as a way to generate (read keep) revenue at their member schools, the NCAA could reduce the amount of money that they (the NCAA) require member schools to give to them. A 10% reduction of salary, at all NCAA positions, would pass a lot of revenue (read savings) to the member schools without a lot of other changes.
As far as the summer school, earlier practices etc., these seem to make sense too.

BobZag
10-27-2009, 02:59 PM
I'm sure glad there's no proposal about expanding the NCAA Tournament field.

CDC84
10-27-2009, 03:49 PM
I'm sure glad there's no proposal about expanding the NCAA Tournament field.

There were less coaches fired this offseason. That probably has something to do with it.