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Larry Scott’s the anti-Bowlsby, optimistic on future of college sports

Alfred E. Neuman

In leading off the Big 12 media Days Monday, commissioner Bob Bowlsby painted a bleak picture of the future of athletics at the collegiate level, stating that, because of the O’Bannon lawsuit and the like, both men’s and women’s Olympic sports could be eliminated.

His Pac-12 counterpart, on the other hand, has taken the Alfred E. Neuman approach to the sports horizon on the college front.

Speaking as he kicked off his conference’s media days Wednesday, Larry Scott (pictured) acknowledged the gloom and doom some have espoused as of late.    For his part, however, the future’s so bright he might as well wear shades.

“While we’ve heard some doomsday and some threats over the last week, I am very confident and optimistic about where college sports is going,” the commissioner said during his address to the media. “We know there are some significant challenges out there, and we know it’s time to make significant changes. Today requires that we do more for student-athletes who work so hard to find balance for their passions for their sport while still wanting to get an education.”

It wasn’t all puppy dogs and rainbows from Scott as the commissioner warned that going to the professional model — i.e. paying athletes as employees of the universities — for football and perhaps basketball could make Bowlsby’s comments very prescient.

“We need to make necessary reforms, and we will,” he said. “But radically changing the model into a professional model or trying to reinvent the construct where student-athletes are treated as employees would threaten the existence of many women’s sports (and) Olympic sports.”

Our best guess? The future of college sports will fall somewhere closer to Scott’s optimism than Bowlsby’s dire pessimism. There’s too much money at stake, and too many smart individuals like Scott involved, for it to not work itself out in the end. Certainly collegiate athletics will have a different look even just a decade down the road, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Change is necessary, whether it’s forced through the courts or voluntarily with the universities and the NCAA coming to their collective senses and realizing the current system is broke and in dire need of a major renovation.

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6 Responses to “Larry Scott’s the anti-Bowlsby, optimistic on future of college sports”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 7:08 PM

    He’s taking the ostrich approach…

    Bury your head in the ground, and assume since you can’t see the threat… it’s not there.

  2. musketmaniac says: Jul 23, 2014 7:44 PM

    you sure it’s not insight, and he’s just assuming the position.

  3. steventimm says: Jul 23, 2014 7:45 PM

    The Commish is way too Pollyanna-ish in his comments and loses all credibility IMO. Emert is presiding over a sinking enterprise and Scott et al are jockeying for survival. The NCAA is inept on multiple fronts and the courts are abt to tear them apart. Fools for allowing it to get to this point. No leadership. No foresight. Only greed.

  4. coolhorn46 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:34 PM

    I would rather be given the worst case scenario of Bowlsby, and see things get worked out to prevent the total destruction of amateur athletics.

    Scott actually didn’t say anything radically different from Bowlsby and the other commissioners, he just couched what he said in more optimistic words. That’s fine for him, but anyone who believes all of the problems currently threatening the NCAA and college athletics are just a tempest in a teapot, and everyone is eventually gonna go walking arm and arm into the future is naive, at best.

    Yes, there are going to be some very significant changes, and they won’t be accomplished without pain and problems.

  5. drummerhoff says: Jul 23, 2014 11:18 PM

    Bob Stoops said what about the PAC 12?
    He always thought Pac-12 ‘would come back up’ but why did he bring it up today?

  6. thetooloftools says: Jul 24, 2014 1:17 AM

    Please understand people, if you pay football and basketball players, you have to pay ALL sports the same amount of compensation. It called “Title 9” and it the stupidest rule in the history of sports. At state funded Universities you must give women the same compensation as men and you must offer as many women’s sports as men’s.
    Whomever brought this up should have been shouted down for the stupidity for which it is… but no, it was passed as a law.
    Women don’t even go to see women’s sports and other then basketball in a few cases, none of them turn a profit.
    This means he third stringer on the woman’s field hockey team MUST, BY LAW, get all the compensation the starting QB on the football team gets because the school gets state funding.
    The point is mute because radical feminists will never admit that they are not ENTITLED to everything in sports men get.
    I kid you not.
    I called this man I Loved listening to on Sporting News Radio called Papa Joe. He was tremendous and he was talking about paying men’s football and basketball players and I was one of the first callers and I mentioned what I said about Title IX
    and he went off on me and thanked me for ruining his show because all his homework just flew out the window because I was right and the point was mute. He was a great broadcaster (RIP).
    NOBODY IS GETTING ANYTHING until Title IX is repealed and that is not going to happen.

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