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NCAA President Mark Emmert to form council of athletic directors

In the face of growing criticism, Mark Emmert is trying to involve athletic directors in NCAA governance. In the face of growing criticism, Mark Emmert is trying to involve athletic directors in NCAA governance.

NCAA President Mark Emmert agreed Saturday morning to form a council of 10 athletic directors, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The council would regularly meet with Emmert and his senior staff, starting in July. The goal is to leave more decisions up to athletic directors, who work with coaches and assistants, instead of college presidents.

Involving athletic directors could mean inviting a more knowledgeable voice into NCAA operations. From The Wall Street Journal:

"It's clear right now where the association has gone, it's pushed the pendulum too far in one direction," Emmert said in the interview. "And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion."

In the mid-1990s, the NCAA structure shifted to give college presidents the power to manage college sports. Some athletic directors believe presidents are too far removed from the complexities of collegiate sports to effectively manage the programs.

Emmert's acknowledgment that the NCAA strayed too far from athletic directors comes as the organization faces mounting criticism, outlined in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

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