GRAPEVINE, Texas — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday he expects “a lot of change” for the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year.
“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 during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives. He later said NCAA directors are looking at the next six to eight months in particular.
“I think the board anticipates a lot of change,” he said. “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.”
The NCAA's annual convention is in January. The board hopes to adopt proposals at its meeting next April, and then have a special meeting for the full membership next summer.
The discussion focused on transparency and the public perception of the NCAA.
Emmert has received sharp criticism for months, for everything from the unprecedented sanctions handed to Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal to the botched investigation of alleged misconduct in Miami athletics. He, and the NCAA in general, have been singled out by conference commissioners, professional athletes and even current college football players.
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money while at Tennessee, recently called the NCAA a bully. Some college players wore patches Saturday with the letters APU, standing for All Players United, to call for NCAA reform.