West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons and Baylor president Linda Livingstone are of the 23 people selected to the NCAA’s new Constitution Committee, announced on Tuesday.
Lyons and Livingstone join 21 other university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors and students from Divisions I, II and III, and independent members of the Board of Governors.
Their goal? To reshape the future of college athletics, including a new governance model ‘for quicker change without sacrificing broader values,’ per the NCAA’s release. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Texas A&M president Robert Gates will serve as the chair.
“Each of the appointees offers important insight on the transformation that’s needed for the future,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the release. “The time is now for substantive change. And future change must focus on serving student-athletes.”
This committee will be moving quickly. The NCAA will host a special constitutional convention in November. At that time, this committee will submit working drafts for proposals that the full body of the NCAA can consider. That convention will start no later than Nov. 15 and any proposals must be final by Dec. 15. After that, proposals can be voted on by the full membership and the NCAA’s annual convention in January.
This has the potential to seismically change how the sport is managed at a point where the NCAA is absorbing blow after blow from every side. This summer, the NCAA lost its battle over Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) with the court system and student-athletes are now benefiting from endorsement deals. Also, the NCAA allowed one-time transfer legislation to take effect this year, impacting the transfer market in all sports.
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