Seven suggestions for NCAA alterations 

August, 9, 2011
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The retreat for college presidents, athletic directors and other "stakeholders" in college athletics, set up by current NCAA President Mark Emmert, is certainly not a new idea or novel concept. Such meetings have been held with similar urgency since Palmer Pierce sat in Emmert's seat when the NCAA was born in 1905. And similar calls for change have been heard since before the prohibition of football's flying wedge, and in every decade since.

The same laments can be heard now that were heard in 1905, or when the Carnegie Foundation Report was issued in 1930, or at any other period of challenge for the NCAA. One could easily read a quote from any NCAA president in any decade in the last 10 and not be able to tell from which decade it came. It would all sound exactly the same.