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Knight Commission wants grad rates to affect BCS revenue distribution

Alabama's Richardson and Shelley celebrate after they defeated LSU in the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans Reuters

If all goes according to plan, the BCS committee will leave Hollywood, Fla., today with two or three final postseason options to take back to their respective conferences for further discussion.

The consensus seems to be that a four-team playoff (or, “event”, if you’re weird like that) that continues to incorporate the current bowl sites is the preference. The logistics of a playoff, on the other hand, is far from concrete.

One area yet to be determined is revenue distribution under the new BCS model, which again, should take effect in 2014. Thanks to a report obtained by CBSSports and Brett McMurphy, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has sent out a proposal to the 11 Division 1-A commissioners, their member presidents and BCS executive director Bill Hancock recommending that the revenue distribution be determined based on academic standards.

Here’s a basic rundown:

The Knight Commission proposed three payout models -– a proposed graduation success incentive fund sorted by NCAA football graduation rate. The Commission’s preferred model divides the football programs into three categories: Tier I (graduation rates of at least 70 percent), Tier II (graduation rates between 60 and 69.9 percent) and Tier III (graduation rates below 60 percent). 

In the commission’s preferred model, Tier I and Tier II schools would evenly split 50 percent of the new media rights revenue with the remaining revenue split among the Tier I schools. The Tier III schools would not receive any revenue. See the breakdown here. 

Based on the projected amount of the new media rights deal ($360 million), under the Commission’s model Tier I schools would each receive $6.34 million, Tier II schools would each receive $2.1 million and Tier III schools would receive nothing – but embarrassment for their sub-par graduation rates.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott called the proposal “noble”, and in theory I would agree, but it’s important to point out that 34 programs identified as Tier III (the graduation rates provided were from 2001-04) would have been cut off from revenue produced by the new postseason format.

Conference commissioners just aren’t going to agree to anything that could potentially deny one of their members a slice of the media rights pie.

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9 Responses to “Knight Commission wants grad rates to affect BCS revenue distribution”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    Bad news for the SEC (sorry, but I couldn’t resist this one)!

  2. friarjack61 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:20 PM

    Far too many minority players, go to college, only to play in a sport that MIGHT, get them into the professional field; and, have little or no understanding that attending classes is what a student is required to do, IF he or she wants an education, with a degree.

    Today, these people are NOT student-athletes, but jocks ! Most can’t speak, using the Kings English, ‘ya know what I mean”.

    Most of these jocks do not belong on/or in a campus environment, because they do not interact with the student community, only ‘hang’ with their same.
    AND, most important, they have NO desire to get an education, only to use the school as a stepping stone to the pros.
    By changing the rules, you will finally force the coaches to look for students who are also good athletes, and leave the ‘jocks’, where they belong, watching their sport on TV.
    Character is seldom, viewed, but, if done, 90% of these jocks would not be recruited. Just look at the number of jocks who have had criminal charges in the past two years….. a problem that is increasing. These people should never have been on any campus as a student. Student ???
    DUMB JOCK< yes.

  3. foreverlsu says: Apr 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    Hey Brutus, it looks like tOSU would be middle of the pack in the SEC graduation rates since tOSU was below four SEC bowl schools in 2011 (Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida, and Alabama) based on most recent study. Sweep your own porch before you worry about others, smart guy.

    Sorry, but I couldn’t resist this one.

  4. drjem says: Apr 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    TO: brutusbuckeye

    My God man!!!!!!…’re absolutely right! Glad that you don’t follow that PC “BS” and that you have the strength of character to say what is true. I agree with you 100 %. Good on ya for saying it too.

  5. tpdsdomer says: Apr 26, 2012 2:00 PM

    foreverlsu: Way to go my friend! Anyone representing THE Maurice Clarett University has a lot of gall talking about anybody else’s graduation rate other than their own!!! As a Notre Dame enthusiast, I’m proud to say that UND’s football graduation rate since 1964 has hovered around 99%, so I’m totally in favor with low graduation rates being punished, and not just because ND succeeds in that area. Kids in college are foolish for not taking advantage of the opportunity to get a degree, and schools who constantly allow that to happen are a complete joke! Afterall, as an institution of higher learning, isn’t your primary purpose to educate your students and have them graduate?!

  6. drjem says: Apr 26, 2012 4:32 PM

    TO: tpdsdomer

    I’ll start by saying that I’m not an ND fan. Though they have had their moments & in truth, I’ve seen them play some darn good & exciting football games. That said, I agree with you that “as an institution of higher learning, isn’t it your primary purpose to educate your students & have them graduate?” So again, I LIKE the three tiered model set out by “the” Commission. You won’t find too many Universities who UNLIKE the Military Academies (West Point, Annapolis, AF Academy, etc.) require that the student athletes BE students FIRST though!

  7. jimr10 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    Knight Commission wants grad rates to affect BCS revenue distribution
    Is this a joke? How can you even consider that when so many guys leave school early… Dreamers…

  8. drpompanoduke says: Apr 26, 2012 6:18 PM

    College football for folks who go to college. Great concept since 92% of college football players do not go to the pros. Hope it works.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:44 PM

    drpompanoduke says:Apr 26, 2012 6:18 PM

    College football for folks who go to college. Great concept since 92% of college football players do not go to the pros. Hope it works.


    92% ?

    I think that is a bit low…..I would think maybe 97% never go pro-possibly higher. Only about 250 get drafted every year and a few fall through the cracks and may catch on as undrafted free agents each year. Heck, even most of the arena leagues, etc are former draft picks who did not work out in the NFL.

    For every team like Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, etc who may have 4-5 people go every year there are many teams who have 0.

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