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The so-called “Big 5” conferences of collegiate athletics don’t want things to remain the way they’ve been.
“Relative to the legislative process, we are very much at a point now where we can’t get anything that’s transformative through the system,” Big XII commissioner Bob Bowlsby said earlier this month, helping kick off football media day season with fireworks. “I think that’s particularly felt by seven or eight conferences and the five major conferences in particular. It is just very difficult to do anything that would benefit our student athletes or our institutions that doesn’t get voted down by the larger majority.”
What’s the real story behind the NCAA legislative process – what’s the showdown really all about? And why is this important?
It is truly hilarious when people who don’t know what they’re talking about try to make news points, and news decisions, based on one side of the story.
Such is the case with the breathless coverage of the Big 10’s decision, led by former Wisconsin head football coach (and current athletic director) Barry Alvarez, who shared with the Milwaukee-Journal that Big 10 officials “recently agreed to stop scheduling nonconference games against FCS programs.“
Of course, the first thing papers around the country do is pull a picture from such an FCS game involving Wisconsin from last season – surely a poster child for a blowout, right?
Um, not exactly. Northern Iowa gave Wisconsin “all they could handle” in a 26-21 nailbiter.
Wait, it gets better.
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