HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - Larry Scott of the Pac-12 joined the chorus of commissioners calling for sweeping change in the NCAA, and said it can happen without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.
Scott was the last of the leaders of the big five conferences to make a public push for NCAA reforms that will allow the schools with the most resources to have more freedom to determine how they use them.
“I don’t think of it as much of an us vs. them situation as maybe is the impression out there,” Scott said Thursday as the Pac-12 wrapped up a mini-media days on the East Coast that included their football coaches appearing on ESPN. “I’m certainly aligned with what you heard from my colleagues this week in terms of the need for transformative change, but I think it can be evolutionary and not revolutionary.
“I don’t think it will be as confrontational and controversial a process as some of the reports I have heard this week.”
“There’s one thing that virtually everybody in Division I has in common right now, and that is they don’t like the governance model,” Emmert told the Star. “Now, there’s not agreement on what the new model should be. But there’s very little support for continuing things in the governing process the way they are today.”
Scott, Mike Slive of the Southeastern Conference, John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Bob Bowlsby of the Big 12 and Jim Delany of the Big Ten have taken turns at football media days around the country over the past week calling for changes to the way the NCAA passes legislation since .
The most notable issue has been a $2,000 stipend that would be added to the athletic scholarship to cover the full-cost of college attendance. The big five conferences want to be able to give the stipend to all scholarship athletes.
“Schools that have resources and want to be able to do more for student-athletes are frustrated, concerned that we’re being held back from doing more for the student-athletes in terms of the stipend,” Scott said.
The stipend was shot down by some of the less wealthy NCAA Division I schools that might not be able to afford it. There are 349 schools in Division I, 125 at the highest level of college football called FBS.
“The idea that there is an even playing field in terms for resources is a fanciful and quaint notion,” Scott said.
“Instant replay took longer than it needed to get into college football because not everyone could do it,” he said. “There are still some schools out there whose conferences can’t afford instant replay. It doesn’t strike me that the world’s fallen in or that it’s created some crisis just because everyone can’t have instant replay.”