Dennis Dodd: ‘College Football And Basketball Need One Commissioner’

The Big 12 and ACC are attempting to pass legislation allowing for the deregulation of conference championship games, which could take effect by 2016.

Under current legislation, the NCAA requires leagues to have at least 12 teams to sponsor a championship game, and they must adhere to round-robin play within those six-team divisions. Bob Bowlsby, chairman of the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee, however, believes conferences should have the freedom to determine their own champion.

The Big 12 – the only Power Five conference without a championship game – would like the option of staging such a contest with 10 teams. The Big 12 was left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff last year, as the league’s two best teams – Baylor and TCU – finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the final rankings.

It is unknown what the ACC intends to do with the pending legislation. The league, with 14 teams, already hosts a conference championship game.

The oversight committee is expected to send the deregulation plan to the NCAA Council for passage.

Bowlsby is chairman of the football committee, while UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero is chairman of the Basketball Oversight Committee. Both committees will be comprised of 12 members – four from the new NCAA Council, seven non-Council members, and one student-athlete. The football committee will oversee Division I, which includes 128 FBS programs and 124 FCS programs.

Bowlsby and Guerrero would essentially be commissioners for their respective sports. The goal of the committees would be to lessen the influence that coaches have on certain processes, among other things.

“This in itself is an autonomy,” Dodd said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “We’re headed there. This committee . . . is as close to what we’re going to get to a commissioner in this sport. One of the biggest complaints over the years (is) that football and basketball need commissioners because they can’t really get anything done when it comes to crucial issues. (Bowlsby and Guerrero) will be leaders – not really commissioners, but everything is going to report to that committee.”

That includes hot-button topics like player safety and rule changes.

“I think (that’s) key,” Dodd said. “You don’t have that silliness where Nick Saban and Bret Bielema tried to steer the argument to the 10-second rule and try to circumvent the process in the rules. Everything is going to flow through this oversight committee, and they were established through autonomy.”

The basketball committee, meanwhile, could discuss, say, moving the three-point line further away from the basket, instituting a 30-second shot clock and revisiting rules on hand-checking.

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