By Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Athletic directors want more say in decision-making in the NCAA, which is exploring a new governance structure.

“Only one group spends 365 days a year, 24 hours a day on this enterprise, and we should be included in the leadership,” North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow told the Division I steering committee during a four-hour session at the NCAA’s annual convention.

Kansas State President Kirk Schulz, a member of the steering committee, says he expects the NCAA to be better when the structural overhaul is completed.

“I hope we use these words to describe the future of governance - nimble, strategic, collaborative, transparent,” he said.

The steering committee is led by Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, the chairman of the NCAA’s Division I board of directors. He said the vision for a new governance structure includes a more streamlined board and a simpler, more streamlined organization, with greater involvement by practitioners such as athletic directors. It also will include giving more autonomy in certain areas to the high-resource conferences.

Asked later what college sports fans would notice under a new governance structure, Hatch said: “You probably won’t see much change.”

Another session on the new governance structure is scheduled for Friday.

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