There is "little likelihood" that an NCAA Council subcommittee considering proposals to start the college basketball season a month later and reduce the limit on regular season games will finish its work in time for a council-sponsored proposal to be put on the agenda at the annual convention in January, its chairman said yesterday.
Dr. Wilford Bailey, NCAA secretary-treasurer, said his committee will file a preliminary report for the council's August meeting and will meet again in September.
"Until we discuss it with council in August . . . I wouldn't preclude the possibility of something coming out of the October council meeting or Presidents Commission," he said. "But, at the moment, I don't think it's too optimistic."
A proposal must be completed by Oct. 25 to be considered at the convention.
Bailey said the proposals from the Southwest Conference and the Rev. Timothy Healy, president of Georgetown University, were discussed "in a very preliminary way . . . The preliminary discussion suggests there is sufficient interest in a thorough study of it and in looking at the advantages and disadvantages."
The Southwest Conference proposed pushing back the season a month, by starting practice Nov. 15 and games Dec. 26. Healy proposes a Dec. 27 starting date for games, a reduction of the regular season limit from 28 to 24 games and counting games played in the Big Apple NIT, Hawaii and Alaska as part of the limit. Neither proposal is new, but this is the first time the NCAA Council is seriously examining them.
One of the other three special subcommittees named in May will look at the economic ramifications of these proposals and consider such actions as eliminating off-campus recruiting, reducing player evaluation periods and cutting back coaching staffs, Bailey said.
Bailey said he is awaiting feedback from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which historically has opposed such changes, and from the Division I men's basketball committee, which met this week.
"There's concern . . . of what in many sports appears to be a tendency for more activity and more competition and movement toward almost year-round activity," Bailey said.