Friday, December 09, 2011

Whoa, Nellie!

The Chronicle of Higher Education has obtained a document that suggests NCAA leaders are preparing to suggest cuts to football and women's basketball programs.

According to the document, the drop in scholarships would be:
Reduction in scholarships as follows:
a. FBS football scholarships from 85 to 80.
b. FCS football scholarships from 63 to 60, with 80 overall counters.
c. Women’s basketball scholarships from 15 to 13. [Note: The working group will no longer
recommend a requirement that the scholarships eliminated from women’s basketball be
reallocated to other women’s sports. The working group noted that it should be at each
institution’s discretion as to how the dollars are to be reallocated.]
In addition, the working group also agreed they would not request the Committee on Academic Performance to consider incentives that would allow institutions above a certain APR score to maintain the current levels of scholarships for football and women’s basketball. The working group and President Emmert reaffirmed their position and support of Title IX.
Are these changes necessary? If the purpose is to trim costs, yes. But if the purpose is to somehow reduce the pressure on schools to win, take part in tournaments or otherwise stem the lust for money that currently exists, then (based solely on my reading of the proposal) I'm not sure that's going to happen. 

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