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Board won’t consider new proposals through 2013-14

By Michelle Brutlag Hosick

The Division I Board of Directors will not consider legislation in the 2013-14 legislative cycle that is not a part of the presidential reform initiatives or considered essential to the operation of Division I, the presidents decided Tuesday.

While stopping short of calling for a continuation of the moratorium on legislation that was in place for the 2012-13 legislative cycle, the presidents sent the message to the Division I membership that because of the focus on the reform agenda and the efforts of the Rules Working Group to create rules that are enforceable, significant and benefit student-athlete success, the membership should maintain its attention on those issues during the 2013-14 cycle.

Also Tuesday, the group received an update from the Rules Working Group, which is scheduled to deliver its initial proposals to the Board in January. The presidents were supportive of the group’s direction and its belief that the proposals will increase benefits to student-athletes, reduce the administrative burden on campuses and create more practical regulations of recruiting, amateurism and personnel.

Tim White, chancellor of the University of California state system, urged both the presidents on the Board and the membership at large to provide meaningful feedback to the working group in advance of its December meeting to finalize the proposals. White served as vice-chair of the rules working group when he was chancellor at UC Riverside.

The presidents expressed continued support for a regulatory culture that does not differentiate between institutions based on resources, though they acknowledged the difficulties associated with such a shift.

As part of the reform effort, the Board also asked NCAA President Mark Emmert to appoint a group to study the definition of “institutional control,” especially within the new enforcement framework.