Mountain West presidents say NCAA governance proposals are 'directionally correct'

Posted by Chadd Cripe on June 3, 2014 

The Mountain West presidents concluded their three-day meeting Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The conference office distributed a press release that revealed little. The meetings focused largely on the upcoming changes to the NCAA governance structure (more on that here, here and here).

“The (board of directors) continued its work toward developing the conference’s positioning in the evolving intercollegiate athletics model, including its engagement with all pertinent parties,” the press release stated. “It was the sense of the MW presidents that the NCAA Division I Steering Committee report regarding the new governance structure was directionally correct and the BOD reaffirmed its plans to respond as requested by the June 30 deadline. In the weeks ahead, the Mountain West intends to continue its collaboration with its fellow Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference colleagues in refining and communicating a consensus position regarding the plan for the NCAA Division I Governance Structure.”

Boise State President Bob Kustra, through a spokesman, said the presidents have decided “not to comment on the governance issues in front of the NCAA for the time being, while they are engaged with ongoing talks with their conference partners.”

Other board notes:

— Two Mountain West student-athletes participated in the meetings for the first time, a sign of things to come. The representatives were New Mexico track and field’s Kendall Spencer and Air Force volleyball’s Emma Dridge. “The board meeting was extremely motivating and, if nothing more, a glimpse into the future of college athletics and the changing roles of student-athletes,” Spencer said in a press release. “Our presence was very well received and embraced, allowing us to contribute to discussions that concerned administrators as well as student-athletes of our conference. The Mountain West is certainly leading the pack when it comes to student-athlete leadership and development."

— The Mountain West is happy with the first year of the Mountain West Network digital initiative.

— Kustra will be the chairman of the board in 2014-15.

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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