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Texas AD says non-power conferences want to take rules back to 1950

Steve Patterson, Tod Leiweke

The dividing line between the haves and have-nots in college football, and collegiate athletics in general, continues to widen. Concern over the possible vote for autonomy has been a major talking point this offseason, and the viewpoints for and against the extra power for the power conferences have been sparking debate left and right. Now Texas Athletics Director Steve Patterson has gotten involved, suggesting those opposing autonomy are trying to revert to a past generation of NCAA governance.

“It’s a part of the everyday business right now,” Patterson said in an interview with Sports Business Journal. “There’s five conferences that want to do the best they can for their student athletes and provide them with the best outcomes. There’s a bunch of other schools that are fairly atavistic in their viewpoints and want to take the rules back to 1950. That’s not going to happen.”

Boise State president Bob Kustra previously took aim at the power conferences, suggesting the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC are being selfish and putting academics second for the benefit of athletics. That notion has been disputed by those from the power conferences, of course. Patterson says Texas and other schools are in a position to be able to do more for student-athletes, and every school should be able to respect the differences each school has.

“There’s nothing wrong with having different kinds of programs at different schools,” Patterson said. “We’re in a different position. We ought to be able to respect our differences.”

Patterson even went so far as to suggest the five power conferences should be able to operate under a separate set of guidelines or powers or threaten to leave and start a new organization. That is a concept that has been mentioned before, with the whole Division IV idea.

“They need to let the more well-resourced conferences operate, or these five conferences need to leave. It’s that simple,” Patterson said, referring to the non-power conferences. “We’ve waited far too long and we’ve been far too accommodating. … I think there’s a harder and harder resolve as each day goes by for the institutions in higher-profile conferences to take the necessary moves.”

The line has been drawn. Choose your side.

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18 Responses to “Texas AD says non-power conferences want to take rules back to 1950”
  1. cometkazie says: Jun 24, 2014 12:38 PM

    Money talks, it always has.

    Watch ’em jump thru the hoops.

  2. tubaplayingprof says: Jun 24, 2014 12:58 PM

    I’d be more apt to agree with the basic argument–IF the money went to the students, and not fired coaches sitting back at home still earning millions of dollars.

  3. pawloosa says: Jun 24, 2014 1:24 PM

    Patterson is quite the arrogant SOB…

    “We’ve waited far too long and we’ve been far too accommodating…”

    Accmmodating?? WTF does that mean??

    He makes it sound like the non power conferences are holding the power programs back in someway…as if finally being able to pay student athletes $$ will make all the difference on the field compared to the way things are today..REALLY??

  4. honkerdawg says: Jun 24, 2014 1:31 PM

    None of these schools really care about the student athlete so long as the seats are full and they continue go rake in tons of cash and Texas is right at the front of the line

  5. pawloosa says: Jun 24, 2014 1:41 PM

    To further comment… Existing rules were put into place to govern schools and student athletes… How much money a school had at the time the rules were written was irrelevant….so to say a school having more resources should be able to operate on a separate set of guidelines is plain stupid… Existing rules such as the number of hours a student athlete should dedicate to athletics per week, player transfer rules, scholarship renewal, medical treatment, recruiting, & letter of intent periods are all existing regulations up for change but have nothing to do with how much $$$ a program has ….. So outside of paying players… how much different does a program with resources need to run compared to those programs with little resources??

  6. gorilladunk says: Jun 24, 2014 1:48 PM

    Only an arrogant “I’m smarter than you” lawyer would use the term “atavistic”. What a douchebag. Couldn’t he have just said, “outdated”?

  7. mogogo1 says: Jun 24, 2014 2:43 PM

    This is the same guy who says he really wants to play a game in Mexico City but won’t give up one of his own home dates to do it. That’s his idea of being accommodating.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:15 PM

    If the non-power conference teams don’t want to go along with the power conferences then just don’t schedule games with any of the non-power conference schools. They don’t seem to mind getting a big payday just to get pounded.

  9. hor2012 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:36 PM


  10. mrlaloosh says: Jun 24, 2014 3:50 PM

    It’s time to end the charade of putting “student” in the description of athletes. It really insults the intelligence.

  11. ancientcougar says: Jun 24, 2014 4:31 PM

    Pardon the expression but the have nots are looking for an even playing field(lol)

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 24, 2014 9:31 PM

    I think Texas’ AD thinks his program is relevant as if it were the 1950s. Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are the 4 most overhyped college football programs every year

  13. rolltide510 says: Jun 25, 2014 9:00 AM

    I’m pretty atavistic in my thinking about college football too. Sure is a great sport, not sure why it has to be transformed in every facet.

  14. pinchegringo12 says: Jun 25, 2014 2:41 PM

    This won’t sit well with texas or big 12 fans…but I think he and texas is worried the Big 12-4+2 conf might implode soon and autonomy for ‘Big 5’ cant come soon enough. This is as todays big 12 is losing its ‘power’ (thats a bit unfair i admit as they still look good on paper, but not in national perception (even in-state), which eventually impacts recruiting, eyeballs watching, attendance). This could leave them independent for awhile b/c no one can put up with a prima donna.

    To add, its all about $ for all the schools…and we get that, amirite? But to flaunt it really makes them and the Big 5 (ie Delany too) look arrogant as heck. We are going to look back and recall the good ole days (bowls, unpaid players, actually making physical contact in FB, doh!) all too soon I am afraid.

  15. kando53 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:28 PM

    Gee, it’s tough being so privileged. :-)

  16. uffdatx says: Jun 26, 2014 6:10 PM

    “There’s five conferences that want to do the best they can for their student athletes and provide them with the best outcomes. There’s a bunch of other schools that are fairly atavistic in their viewpoints and want to take the rules back to 1950. That’s not going to happen.”

    Patterson needs to go back to school for remedial English. He uses the word atavistic, to show how intelligent he is, but he blew the easy one, There’s. It should be “There are”. Five conferences is plural, but since The University of Texas, Austin thinks it is at the center of the Universe, to them it might be singular.

    of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type.

    I would say the term is a better description for Patterson, he’s come across as a primitive type.

  17. dustymeyers123 says: Jun 27, 2014 1:57 PM

    There are only two reasons that the wealthy 5 conferences act like this. First, they are tired of the mid majors, as they call them, beating them more and more. The mid majors are having more schools showing up in the top half of recruiting above many of the wealthy five conference schools. They need to stop this. They use the mid majors and FCS schools to prop up there records to get to bowl games only to lose to a mid major. This is absolutely unacceptable to them. Second, if the mid majors continue to progress and continue to win against the wealthy 5, some of that great money they are now making, might start to slide over to those mid major programs. With the introduction of Fox Sports Network, now their is a rival to ESPN and Fox is actually signing contracts with and showing mid majors games. This is unacceptable to them. To many fans are fed up with the criminals and deceit that the wealthy five programs use to win, so they are tuning in more and more to the schools that actually play student athletes. Once again, this is totally unacceptable to the wealthy five. So now they are threatening to leave or else. In my opinion, I would much rather watch a mid major, they play some wide open and innovative football. The wealthy five just copy them.

  18. ancientcougar says: Jun 27, 2014 2:35 PM

    There is some parity right now because there are scholarship limits. That could go away, and then the mid-majors would go away. My reasoning is if the big 5 leave the NCAA, what’s to prevent them from changing everything, not just how players are being compensated.

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