Maryland’s Kevin Anderson named to NCAA council of athletic directors

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Maryland Athletic director Kevin Anderson, the outgoing president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, will join a 10-member council formed by NCAA President Mark Emmert, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Anderson and the nine other athletic directors appointed to the council will meet with Emmert and his senior staff on a regular basis, beginning in July. Here’s WSJ:

The idea is to leave fewer decisions about things like recruiting rules in the hands of busy college presidents and more with the athletic directors who work with coaches and their assistants. The agreement came during Emmert’s visit here to speak to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

“It’s clear right now where the association has gone, it’s pushed the pendulum too far in one direction,” Emmert said in the interview. “And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion.”

Other representatives hail from Arizona, Central Michigan, Clemson, Connecticut, Kansas State, Kentucky, Ohio State, San Jose State.

This comes on the heels of a Sports Illustrated story — and subsequent blogs — that have heaped criticism on the NCAA, including the mass exodus from its enforcement division, which included former associate director of enforcement Marcus Wilson’s hiring as a compliance officer at Maryland.

Here’s more from the story:

The council is similar to a roughly 20-member group that has met with NCAA presidents at least twice annually since the late 1990s, said Dutch Baughman, executive director of the Division I-A Athletic Directors’ Association. “We’ve had this other group in place for 16 years,” Baughman said. “So to create this new group was somewhat of a surprise.”

A mid-1990s shift in NCAA structure empowered university presidents to manage college sports. But some athletic directors and coaches say presidents are too far removed from the highly complex of athletic departments that sometimes generate $100 million in annual revenues to create effective day-to-day policy.

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