Before you get all interested in Andy Staples’ piece on what nine college presidents, including our beloved Michael Adams, are looking for in college football’s brave new postseason, make sure you read this first.
In short, three out of four Division I presidents (122 of whom were among the respondents) believe that their colleagues as a group are not in control of intercollegiate athletics. But two-thirds of them believe that the scandals that rocked the NCAA in 2011 — from Ohio State to Penn State to Miami to North Carolina — could not happen on their campus.
Seven out of 10 Division I presidents believe that “colleges and universities spend way too much on their intercollegiate programs.” But only 34.2 percent of them believe that their own institution spends way too much.
These guys sound as clueless as voters talking about Congress – it’s always the other guy’s representative who’s got things going to hell in a hand basket. Except these are the people who are supposedly in charge themselves. And how cynical is this?
In fact, significant change may not exist, which brings up the most dispiriting finding of the survey. When presented with the statement, “The NCAA’s reform proposals for college athletics are likely to achieve meaningful success,” 68 percent of the Division I presidents who said they approved the reforms disagreed.
If the presidents think that their fixes aren’t going to fix anything, aren’t they wasting everyone’s time?
Enjoy your playoff, fellas.