Restructuring breaks down by division, conference One-school, one-vote may be in for replacement

January 08, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Gene Corrigan, the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast

Conference and President of the NCAA, calls it a "better way to run a shipyard."

Stuart Haskell, commissioner of the North Atlantic Conference, calls it "the Boston Tea Party in reverse."

Atop the agenda for the 90th NCAA convention in Dallas next week is a controversial set of legislative proposals that would restructure the NCAA.

The current system of one-school, one-vote would be replaced by a series of representative bodies, with presidents in charge. Divisions would vote only on matters that affect them, and within Division I, the I-A schools that produce the revenue that runs college athletics would get a majority of the votes.

Division I-A would have at least half of the votes on influential committees, and nine of the 15 on the Division I Board of Directors. Of the 305 colleges in Division I, 108 are classified I-A.

Restructuring figures to be adopted if it includes amendments that guarantee the championship access and revenue-sharing currently in place for Division I-AA leagues like the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and I-AAA leagues, like the North Atlantic. The I-AA and I-AAA schools also want the I-As to give up their right to vote separately on non-football issues, a procedure the I-As seldom use.

"It's true that I-A generates significant revenue for the entire membership," said Haskell of the North Atlantic, which includes Towson State. "I'm sympathetic, but I would like to see numbers on these representative bodies that are more reflective of the membership."

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