Durham, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The NCAA is expecting radical changes in the next 6-8 months that will address widespread issues with Division I athletics, according to Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Last week, NCAA president Mark Emmert met with Krzyzewski, Duke president Richard Brodhead and the school’s athletic director Kevin White to discuss several issues, including a governance structure for the top level of college athletics.
“I look at this as a very exciting time,” Krzyzewski said during a speech to the Durham Sports Club. “I’m hoping during these next five or six months some dramatic changes are going to happen and very positive changes for schools and student-athletes.”
“I think the board anticipates a lot of change,” he added. “They’re going into their October and January meetings expecting to look at a whole different governance model for Division I. So it will be significantly different.”
Over the last decade, scandals involving impermissible benefits from agents or other outside influences have popped up, from Southern California and Oregon to North Carolina and Miami.
Recently, Houston Texas running back Arian Foster said that he accepted money during his senior year at Tennessee.
For Krzyzewski, these scandals are akin to a team suffering a loss and returning to practice with renewed focus.
“Everybody thinks its doom and gloom all the time,” Krzyzewski said. “But I think, as a leader, I think it’s a great time. It’s not like these things weren’t always happening. They’ve been happening for 30 years. Now everybody knows they are happening.”
Krzyzewski also reiterated his long-time opinion that college basketball needs to have one person working at the NCAA who is in charge of that sport.
He pointed out that the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament brings in at least 90 percent of the NCAA’s annual revenue. NCAA football revenue goes to the conferences and is divided up among the schools.
He suggested Jim Haney, the executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.