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Even with all the issues and the difficulty so far in trying to solve them, Bowlsby said he has not heard anyone talking about seceding from the NCAA. He could see that as a legitimate threat only “as a last resort.”

Bowlsby said he was not being critical of NCAA President Mark Emmert, but rather “critical of an organization that’s just not very efficient.” Bowlsby described it as organization with very broad-ranging responsibility and oversight, one in which he believes commissioners and athletic directors should have more involvement in developing the agenda.

“We need to think a little bit about reevaluating our core purpose,” Bowlsby said. “I’m not sure we’re doing as good a job with some of the core competencies as we need do. And perhaps a narrower focus would help.”