Q&A with Georgia president Michael Adams
What you have seen with these decreases in attendance in the last two three years is partly the power of the BCS. It's partly the power of television. Partly, for sure, it has been the economy. We've probably pushed ticket and travel prices and all of that for the average family about as far as we can. It's another reason why I think the NCAA needs to gird up its pants and do what Mark [Emmert] came in talking about doing. That's invoke some reasonable cost controls, even on those of us who are from the more well-off conferences. The $2,000 thing is now in abeyance. The business on limiting numbers of non-coaching personnel in major sports has been referred to another committee. When we were all in Indianapolis making statements about going forward and doing something, we haven't followed through on them to the extent that I think we need to. Some major symbolic actions like that would help restore public confidence in the process. I don't think we're going to take coaches' salaries back to where they were in 1970, nor do I think we should. There are some battles that the public doesn't fully understand that we're not going to fight. But there are some excesses still in the system that we could legitimately deal with. I think when he gets the votes, Mark will be inclined to do so. But there's a pretty big gap between our comments a year ago and what has not happened in the legislative process in the interim.