NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dick Schultz began the 1991 NCAA convention with a look ahead to 1992.
The executive director's state of the association addres included the news that he will meet this spring with coaches from all sports to begin reducing and simplifying recruiting rules. He also talked about streamlining the enforcement process and leaving flexibility for valid exceptions, but not until after he discussed additional penalties for rules violators.
"We are in the process of establishing a meeting in Kansas Cit next spring," Schultz said. "The purpose is . . . to eliminate those [rules] that are discriminatory and unneeded and end up with a very concise set of rules that are easy to understand and can easily be followed.
"At the same time, we want coaches to also agree on automati penalties if they violate this simple set of rules."
At the opening business session of the 85th annual NCA convention, Schultz asked delegates to pass legislation dealing with cost containment and restructuring this week, and worry about the fine-tuning later.
"Cost reduction is necessary for the majority of our institutions and the only effective means is national regulation," Schultz said. "The [NCAA] Council has not presented these proposals to force schools out of Division I, but to provide reasonable minimums more consistent with the Division I philosophy."
Schultz warned 2,300 delegates representing 820 colleges and select number of conferences that they must reform college athletics now.
"The perception of college athletics by the general public has no improved during this past year," Schultz said. "A recent poll indicated that 68 percent of those responding felt congressional action was the only solution to current problems in intercollegiate athletics. Are we going to control our own destiny or be controlled by others?"