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DI Council supports expansion of basketball committees

Two models forwarded into the legislative process

The Division I Council supported two proposals Wednesday that would expand the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees to 12 members.

Currently, the composition of both committees is 10 members. 

The concepts of both proposals came from a working group consisting of members from the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees. 

For either proposal to become effective, it must be adopted through the Division I legislative process in January 2021. If either is passed, both committees would expand Sept. 1, 2021. 

Both models would continue to have voting members be administrators who would serve a five-year term. And balanced geographic representation would also continue to be in place, with each region (East, Midwest, South, Southeast, West) being represented by a minimum of one and no more than four committee members. Currently, a region can’t be represented by more than three members.

Under one model, both committees would consist of one member selected from each of the five autonomy conferences and three members selected from the seven highest-ranked nonautonomy conferences based on basketball success. The remaining four members would be selected from the other 20 conferences.

The proposal defines basketball success as total conference appearances plus total conference wins in the last five NCAA championships, excluding First Four wins in the men’s tournament.

The other model calls for both committees to be composed of seven members from the Football Bowl Subdivision and five members from the Football Championship Subdivision and/or other Division I conferences. Each subdivision must have representation. Like the first model, it requires a position on the committees from each of the five autonomy conferences. 

The Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees also are committed to making the Division I basketball championship committees as diverse as possible. Conferences can nominate one person for a committee position; however, under the proposals, conferences would be permitted to nominate a second candidate, provided at least one of the nominees brings ethnic or gender diversity. 

In January 2018, the Division I Board of Directors directed the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees to discuss and identify criteria to determine committee composition that best represents the sport.

In October 2019, the basketball oversight committees created a Composition Working Group that identified criteria to determine the committee composition that best represents the sport and provide a recommendation to the oversight committees.

Basketball oversight committee members think these proposals offer a contemporary way of modernizing the composition of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees.