Big 12 Commissioner Delivers Punches To The NCAA
By Dan Harralson
Football.com made its way around Big 12 football media days Monday, and so did Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Traditionally, the SEC claims its media days as a circus and a show. However, Bowlsby may have trumped the SEC this year.
This year's media days was supposed to be all football talk. No conference expansion, just straight 2013 football.
Commissioner Bowlsby derailed that thought process by taking numerous shots at the NCAA. The NCAA is one of the most unstructured organizations time has seen and Bowlsby's shots are merely the truth.
"I think now our national organization (NCAA) is under fire," Bowlsby fired at the NCAA. "And yet I'm not hearing anyone say we ought to find another organization."
With the news last week of the NCAA taking their naming rights off of the EA Sports video game, NCAA Football, it shows that the NCAA is worried. Ed O'Bannon wanted compensation for his character likeness, along with many other collegiate athletes. The NCAA has made an enormous amount of money off college football players, while college football players are not receiving any stipends for their contribution to the multi-million business that is known as college football.
"I have not heard from a single commissioner or even athletic directors on an individual basis that they believe another organization other than the NCAA is the right approach for us," Bowlsby continued on.
There are college football coaches in favor of college football players getting a stipend for a pay to play format. Lets face it, college football players deserve a little pocket money for all they do for an institution;s football team. However, college presidents and the NCAA will not acknowledge the topic since they are the ones making millions off of amateur athletes. They seem to be happy with these outcomes.
Is NCAA president Mark Emmert's handling of the Miami investigation and Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit the final straw of the NCAA's fraudulent regime? Bowlsby may agree.
"Why are we where we are," Bowlsby questioned, "it's hard to say. I guess it's the cumulative effect of a long period of time."
My personal thought as I sat and listened to Bowlsby proclaim what the NCAA has really been all of these years is that there will be five or six super-conferences that will break off from the NCAA in the future. Pay-for-play will happen amongst these super-conferences and these super-conferences will be the teams playing for the crystal ball.
"The five major conference commissioners met about six weeks ago to talk about these issues," Bowlsby said. "I think we're probably making some progress, but I don't know that we can keep doing what we're doing."
He continued, "It's bad grammar, but a good concept: If we always do what we've always done, we'll always get what we've always got."
Commissioner Bowlsby's opening statements at Big 12 media days was equivalent to Texas Governor Rick Perry's remarks of Texas seceding from the United States.
The differences in Bowlsby's and Perry's wishes are that Bowlsby has more people behind him (or in front) to help get justice against the NCAA.
"We need to reconfigure the leadership of the organization (NCAA)," Bowlsby concluded.