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Four commissioners added to NCAA summit

Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:55 am
Four conference commissioners have been added to the roster for next month's NCAA president's retreat, has learned.

Sources said WAC commissioner Karl Benson, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager and Atlantic Sun commissioner Ted Gumbart will join the presidents Aug. 9-10 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA announced last month that 50 Division I collegiate presidents and CEOs had been invited to the association's headquarters in Indianapolis for what was termed a strategic meeting on the future of college athletics.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said he wants to focus on three subjects during the two-day meeting: academic success of players, financial differences among Division I schools and maintaining the amateurism model.

Ostensibly, Beebe will represent the BCS leagues, Benson will be there for the non-automatic BCS leagues, Yeager for the Football Championship Subdivision schools and Gumbart will represent Division I schools without football.

Beebe is a former NCAA investigator. Benson has testified before Congress in the past on the subject of major-college football's postseason. Yeager is a former chairman of the NCAA infractions committee. Gumbart has been with the Atlantic Sun since 1991.

In announcing the retreat last month, Emmert said that results "take time". No immediate proposals or changes are expected after the meeting.

Over the past year, several scandals have stained college athletics. Research by showed that since 1987 almost half of the current 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools have been charged with a major football violation.

Since: Nov 18, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:17 pm

Four commissioners added to NCAA summit

Strange choice of commish; Colonial Athletic???Noticeably absent is money boy and idea man Slive

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:28 am

The beginning of "the end..."

This is the beginning of the long-rumored superconferences.  They might even break from the NCAA and form their own organization.  Hopefully, the current teams under NCAA investigation have to pay for their shenanigans first.  I'm guessing the superconferences happen around 2015.  

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:16 pm

Four commissioners added to NCAA summit

Why invite Beebe? So he can sit on his hands while the other commissioners act?

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:13 pm

Four commissioners added to NCAA summit

I am glad that the NCAA is cracking down but I wonder if there are more violations than they can handle. I love UNC football but I don't want them to win and find out they cheated to do it. There have been so many great moments in the college sports world. The great moments need to be pure. We all know that these students all have aspirations to turn pro however they are students. They should be there for education. Students should not have the same expectations placed on them as the pros do. The NCAA is doing the right thing but is it too little too late?

Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:23 pm

Four commissioners added to NCAA summit

Hopefully, they will decide to leave the NCAA and build an organization on their own....

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