The Norman Transcript

July 27, 2013

It’s not us versus them


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — In sports championships, conferences have a friendly rival. But commissioners from the five largest conferences appear to be united in pushing for reforms from the NCAA.

They seem to be singing the same song. The latest, Larry Scott of the Pac-12 Conference, says change can happen without confrontation.

Mr. Scott said changes can be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. A Division 1 summit is expected later this year. He was joined in his reform calls by Mike Slive of the Southestern Conference, John Swofford of the Atlantic Cost Conference, Bob Bowlsby of the Big 12 and Jim Delany of the Big 10.

Two items at issue are so-called “buy” games, where universities from smaller conferences pocket thousands of dollars to play a road game against a higher-caliber team. Also, the move to more nine-game conference schedules will lead to fewer inter-conference games.

Any confrontation, if it happened, would be with university presidents who make up the voting board of the NCAA. If we had to guess, those presidents and their governing boards will prevail.