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NCAA president Mark Emmert: 'A lot of change' ahead for Division I

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Mark Emmert discussed the reform ahead for the NCAA on Monday. (USATSI)
Mark Emmert discussed the reform ahead for the NCAA on Monday. (USATSI)

College football, and college sports as a whole, faces some very difficult decisions in the months ahead. While our sport ponder the future of the College Football Playoff, the NCAA is prepared to open discussions regarding ways to fix a broken model.

"I think the board anticipates a lot of change," Emmert said Monday while addressing more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives. "They're going into their October and January meetings expecting to look at a whole different governance model for Division I. So it will be significantly different."

After more than two years of negative publicity stemming from the NCAA's handling of the Penn State and Miami investigations, it appears as though Emmert is trying to be the face of change rather than the reason why we have gotten to this place.

"I've said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn't work," Emmert said.

Emmert's save-the-date styled invitations from the summer hinted at major change in the year ahead, and Monday's comments set the timetable for the decision-making process.

The tectonic plates of the college sports are moving -- more than they have in a quarter-century, which is why all parties involved are on edge. That includes the student-athletes, who made headlines this weekend through the National College Players Association and the APU (All Players United) movement. The decisions made in the next year will determine the future of college sports. With so much on the line, there is reason to be nervous. But after years of operating under antiquated rules and ideals, many take solace in the fact that some change is on the way.

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