Big Ten Talk Of Change Blowing Through Windy City

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany wants college officials to keep certain priorities in mind while they discuss major changes to the NCAA.

Speaking Wednesday at league media days in Chicago, Delany joined the chorus of major conference commissioners calling for a new model when it comes to the governing body of college athletics. But he said schools must address some "substantive concerns" to make the process worthwhile.

Delany said his top priorities include a lifetime commitment to education, an examination of the time demands placed on athletes, the eligibility structure for at-risk students and an additional grant for full-scholarship athletes, a hot-button issue for mid-major schools.

Delany also said there is "political momentum" for change at the NCAA and he thinks it could arrive within a year.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in Chicago he will make a decision about running back Carlos Hyde once he evaluates the facts surrounding the case.

The school announced Monday that Hyde and three other players had been disciplined. Hyde was suspended indefinitely after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar.

Hyde, a 6-foot, 242-pound senior from Naples, Florida, rushed for 970 yards on 185 carries last season. He also had a team-high 17 touchdowns for the unbeaten Buckeyes.

Meyer said he was furious when he was notified of the legal problems for the players.

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