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FSUViking 04-15-2005 04:19 PM

NCAA Hypocrites...Lets add game #12
We can't have the "student" athletes away from school for a TRUE National Championship game or a playoff, but we can add a 12th game?

Factor in conference title games and a bowl game and it's a god damned 14 game season.

Brilliant move, NCAA. Very rational and not at all hypocritical......

Board has final say on season expansion
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Management Council has backed legislation that would allow Division I-A and I-AA schools to add a 12th football game starting with the 2006 season.

The plan was given tentative approval by the council at its meeting on Monday and will be sent to the NCAA Board of Directors for final consideration April 28.

Division I vice president David Berst said Tuesday he didn't know whether the NCAA board would go along with the council's recommendation, which was opposed only by the Atlantic Coast Conference among I-A conferences.

"I would expect there will be more discussion," Berst said. "The board should have the freedom to make its own decision."

There was no discussion of the issue at the council's meeting.

"The various conferences came to the meeting prepared to vote, and we just tallied the votes," Berst said.

Ron Wellman, the athletic director at Wake Forest and chairman of the ACC's athletic directors, said many of the conference's concerns dealt with academics.

"We believe the season is long enough at 11 games, and we actually enjoy the bye week," he said.

The council also approved legislation for more flexible recruiting calendars in men's basketball and increased the number of scholarships for women in gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and track and field. It also voted to grant another year of eligibility to players who were academically ineligible as freshmen but had completed 80 percent of their degree requirements after four years.

No action was taken on the length of the season in basketball because of a pending court case, Berst said.

The 12-game proposal in football was among more than 100 items considered by the council.

Currently, Division I football teams play 11 regular-season games except in years when there are 14 Saturdays from the first permissible playing date through the last playing date in November. The 2002 and 2003 seasons qualified for the extra game, but without the new legislation, the next would not be until 2008.

The basketball proposals were submitted last year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Women's Basketball Association. Among the ones approved by the council was one to allow freshmen to play in preseason exhibition games and, as long as they do not play the rest of that season, still have four additional years of eligibility.

The council did not support NABC proposals to allow coaches greater access to players and recruits during offseason workouts and clinics.

"There were a variety of issues related to that, some even related to coaches who were a little bit concerned about what other coaches might really do if they have that opportunity," said Chris Monasch, athletic director at St. John's and outgoing chairman of the management council.

He said many administrators also were concerned about additional pressure on their compliance officers.

"Are we going to have more questions about whether the coach could have a clipboard? And what's the coach really doing? And how do you keep it informal? All of those kinds of issues simply overwhelmed the proposal," Monasch said.

KevinBeane 04-15-2005 06:37 PM

Hypocritical indeed, but I'm happy to have one more week of my favorite sport each year.

Dublin Mike 04-16-2005 11:36 AM

Saw this in the paper this AM. What a load of bs. Myles Brand doesnt care about student athletes, just the almighty dollar.

buckeyefan78 04-18-2005 12:32 AM

I'm assuming the extra games would be put on in the beginning of the season, rather than the end, which would be fine by me IF we had to add one ( I still had hope we could go back down to 10, shows how old and senile I am). Recall Ohio State playing Washington two years ago nearly a full month before school even started for them. Adding games on the end might be tricky though. Probably run into finals or close to it for some schools ( depends on who is on semesters and who is on quarters).

Not sure what to make of only the ACC objecting. If those slimey SOB's object, the thing might have merit after all.

Anthony 04-22-2005 09:17 AM

Must admit I didn't percieve a linkage between the two issues (the extra regular-season game and the national championship playoff) until FSUViking brought it up.

Awesome post.

buckeyefan78 04-22-2005 02:21 PM

The extra game would get more revenue for the school though guys. A playoff would send more money to schools WHO GOT IN, and perhaps some to their conference ( which would trickle down to every school, but not as much as one could get by playing an extra game in August at your own crib).

FSUViking 04-22-2005 03:08 PM

It doesn't matter if they play it in August or not. If you're going to lengthen the season, make it a playoff or a true National Championship game.

At least make it MEAN something if you have a 14 game season. Something other than money.

There's no rational reasoning for NOT having a National Championship decided on the playing field. None whatsoever.

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