NASHVILLE -- Dick Schultz, executive director of the NCAA, will make his fourth "state of the association" address this afternoon during the opening business session of the 85th annual NCAA convention. Reform will be the main topic, but a Division I-A football tournament might also be mentioned.
The NCAA sponsors 16-team championship tournaments in Division I-AA, II and III football, while the I-A climax continues to revolve around the traditional bowls. Even before 1990's muddled finish on New Year's Day, Schultz was quoted as saying he thought there would a I-A tournament before the year 2000.
The convention gets down to business tomorrow, when divisions meet separately to vote on legislation that pertains to them.
* There is plenty of lobbying to be done. Drexel soccer coach and Baltimore native Johnson Bowie is here representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, which is concerned with proposed legislation that would push back the start of the season.