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Big 12's Bob Bowlsby: NCAA Needs 'Transformative Change'

| by Sylvan Lane
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With the BCS system as we know it on the way out, and a lawsuit filed by several current and former athletes being deliberated, it looks as though several changes are imminent for the NCAA. If Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby gets his way, though, even more changes can affect the way the organization fundamentally administers all of it’s sports.

At the conference’s football media days, Bowslby argued a “transformative change” is critical to the future of the NCAA, according to ESPN.

“I really do think we need to reconfigure the leadership of the organization," Bowlsby said. "I don't think we can at this point in time move forward, and we certainly haven't been able to configure an agenda that made the changes we need to make."

According to ESPN, “Bowlsby expressed his concerns about the effectiveness of NCAA enforcement and the difficulty of advancing real changes to the system. And he certainly has major changes in mind. Bowlsby believes it's time to look at establishing new federations to separate sports and how they're supervised.”

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"It's probably unrealistic to think that we can manage football and field hockey by the same set of rules," he said. "I think some kind of reconfiguration of how we govern is in order."

According to The Oklahoman, Bowlsby called secession from the NCAA a “last resort,” adding, “They're driven by frustration, more than anything else, That's a frustration that's grown over the last 15 years, probably … not be able to affect substantive change.”

 

Sources: ESPN, The Oklahoman