NCAA presidents, school leaders to discuss policy

By Michael Marot

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Aug. 8 2011 1:35 p.m. MDT

"Trying to regulate is really clogging up the process," she said. "Believe me, if you list something and it's a no-no, it's incumbent on the association to go after people who break those rules, whether they're agents paying players or you're making too many phone calls. The question is whether we should have some of these rules in place. i think it's worth a full discussion as to what it is we're trying to accomplish, how well we're accomplishing it and what the trade-off is as far as other things we might or should be doing."

Potuto also favors other new concepts such as providing scholarship athletes with the full cost of attendance, money above and beyond just what's paid to the university.

Officials from the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC have had similar discussions at their conference meetings, and it's almost certain to be a key part of this week's discussion.

"We're for it," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said in June. "It's a positive thing and I think doing something for student-athletes is a positive thing. The reality of being able to do it, it's hard."

No formal proposals are expected to go into the NCAA's legislative process after the two-day presidential retreat.

Instead, the discussion over key issues such as policing unsavory agents, stronger enforcement tools and punishments for rules violators, academic reform, player safety and financial sustainability will return to campuses.

Emmert and others believe the answers could change college athletics for years to come.

"The intent isn't to simply have the discussion and then everybody goes home and goes back to doing things the way they have done them," Potuto said. "There is a real interest in airing the issues and coming to some agreement, if not on a particular way to handle it but alternative ways that then could be voted on. I think the intent would be to get that done in a short timeframe, one or two years rather than five or 10 years."

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Associated Press Sports Writer Eric Olson in Omaha, Neb., also contributed to this report.

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