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DALLAS (AP) - The NCAA, in a sharp departure
from a 32-year policy of tight controls of football
telecasts, announced a plan Monday to let schools
and conferences produce their own Saturday night
The surprise announcement was made at the
opening session of the annual NCAA convention by
Hugh Hindman, chairman of the Division I foot-
ball television committee. Some viewed it as
possibly the first step in an effort to win support of
a voluntary NCAA television plan pending actions
by the U.S. Supreme Court.
MICHIGAN Athletic Director Don Canham, who
is in: Dallas for the convention, could not be
reached for comment. In the past, however,
Canham has backed the NCAA's right to control.
The high court is expected to hear arguments
next month on an appeal by the NCAA of a district
court decision. The lower court, in a a suit filed by
Oklahoma and Georgia, found the NCAA in
oosens grip on t
violation of antitrust laws for making compliance with ABC and CBS totaling more than $200 million
with its television plan mandatory. through 1985. The conti-acts and the NCAA's ex-
The ruling has been upheld by the U.S. Court of clusive controls were restored pending appeal. A
Appeals in Denver. If the Supreme Court upholds supplementary two-year cable agreement with
the ruling, the NCAA and the College Football Turner Broadcasting System for about $17 million
Association are expected to offer competing has expired and TBS has indicated no interest in
television plans to schools and conferences. renewing it.
"THE COMMITTEE is developing principles to Hindman said committee members would meet
govern a Saturday night package for Division I-A, with conference officials and other "Division I-A
and Thursday night programming for Division I- institutional representatives" after the convention
AA that would provide each institution or con- to gauge interest in "an open origination concept
ference the authority to produce its own television for night television and cable-casting."
series at night," Hindman told more than 1,500 "ONCE THE Supreme Court does hear the case,
delegates. there may well be a need for such a special meeti-
"This program would be limited to the NCAA ng of NCAA schools," said H1inciman.
district in which the institution or conference is Many conferences and schools have been ex-
located and would eliminate the more formally ploring possible television plans for this coming
structured supplementary series that has been a season and beyond. A spokesman for the CFA,
part of the NCAA plan the past two years." which would be the NCAA's chief rival if schools
The lower court ruling struck down the NCAA's were to be given a choice, declined comment on
authority over television and voided contracts Hindman's announcement.
In other action at the convention, Michigan
guard Stefan Humphries was honored as one of the
"Top Five" student-athletes in the nation at the
annual honors luncheon.
ALSO AT THE luncheon, former Northwestern
Louisiana and Kansas City Chiefs running back
Joe Delaney became the first posthumous
recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association's Award of Valor.
Delaney, a poor swimmer, drowned last June at
the age of 24 while trying to rescue three
youngsters from a rain-swollen water hole in
His widow, Carolyn, accepted the award.
The NCAA Award of Valor is not presented
automatically on an annual basis.sIt is awarded to
a current coach or administrator or a former var-
sity letter-winner "who, when confronted with a
situation involving personal danger, averted or
minimized potential disaster by courageous action
or noteworthy bravery."
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DALLAS (AP) - The NCAA opene
its annual convention yesterday ami
indications that a move to shift power tc
a 44-member board of college presiden
ts was losing momentum.
There were reports that backers of
the proposal, number 35 on the agenda
were offering trade-offs to schools op
posed to a measure that would give
Division I-A, the top football schools
nearly complete autonomy.
The major football schools seem to be
the most outspoken critics of number
35, while leading the campaign for a
competing proposal, number 36.
THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan
however, is not going along with the
other major football schools in backing
proposal number 36. Instead, Univer
sity President Harold Shapiro and
Michigan's Faculty Representative to
the NCAA, Paul Gikas, support number
Number 35 would empower a board of
presidents to set policy and make rules
independent of the annual convention.
Subject to an override at the following
year's convention, the board could set
aside any majority vote of the member
proposal loses steam
d Number 36, sponsored by the NCAA
d Council, would create a 44-member
o "presidential commission," which
- could submit legislation, call special
conventions and set the convention
EACH MEASURE would need two-
- thirds approval of the entire NCAA
e membership when it comes up for a
vote on Tuesday.
"Yes, we have had discussions with
e some of the Division II and Division I
people and Division I-A autonomy,"
said a supporter of number 35, which
was written and sponsored by the
American Council on Education. "But
I can assure you, there are no political
virgins on either side of this issue."
. Otis Singletary, president of the
j University of Kentucky and the top of-
ficial of the College Football
Association, downplayed reports that
supporters of number 35 were turning
their attention to the defeat of I-A
"I DON'T THINK there's anything un-
toward going on," Singletary said.
"I've probably done a little politicking
of my own out there in those halls."
Number 35 supporters maintain the
present NCAA structure does not allow
presidents the right forum for effec-
tively dealing with issues. Proponents
of number 36 argue that it is unwise to
place great power in the hands of a few.
The 60 members of the CFA, which
include all the top football powers ex-
cept the Big Ten and the Pac-10 are
reported almost unamimous in support
of number 36.
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