Major NCAA changes within a year likely, agrees Mark Emmert

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The NCAA president vowed "fundamental changes" on Thursday.

NCAA president Mark Emmert called for a summit of Division I schools and said he expects changes in how college athletics' top division operates to come within the year, per Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star.

Emmert echoed sentiments that have been expressed during college football media days over the past couple of weeks. There has been a recent groundswell of support from power-conference commissioners to make changes to Division I, with many calling for a split. Asking the richest school at the top and schools at the bottom, with far less money to operate, to play by the same rules doesn't make a lot of sense, and Emmert acknowledged that the NCAA likely needs to adjust its policies.

"There's a need to recognize there are Division I schools with $5 million athletic budgets and $155 million athletic budgets, and trying to find a model that fits all of them is the enormous challenge right now."

"There's no one talking about this being some incremental change," Emmert said. "I think there's an interest in some pretty fundamental change in the way decisions are made, both to accommodate those (financial) differences but also to deal with concerns people have about representation ... in the policy debates."

Emmert recently sent letters to Division I administrators calling for the meeting Jan. 16-17, 2014. It will take place at the same time as the NCAA's yearly convention in San Diego.

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