Holding Our Breath: No Resolution on Proposal
Willie Saylor, Editor
The much talked about measure to turn the NCAA Championships to a dual meet format will undergo further evaluation.
First discussed at the NWCA Coaches Convention in August, the proposal sparked debate and derision amongst Division I’s 77 head coaches. The concept was nearly shelved last week before an 11th hour vote narrowly passed and advanced the proposal on to last week’s NCAA Cabinet Meeting.
According to the NCAA press release, cabinet members were ‘cautiously optimistic,’ but wanted a more detailed study on the proposal’s potential implications. They voted the proposal back to the Wrestling Committee Members for further development.
The cabinet requested information on:
- How an NCAA-sanctioned dual championship would affect the individual tournament.
- The perspective of NCAA media partners
- Budget comparisons of current and proposed championships
- The survey of Division I coaches
- The Student-Athlete’s perspective
The next step is likely to be a re-evaluation of the proposal at the next February when there’s another NCAA legislative meeting. And that’s a good thing for wrestling. Instead of pushing through a partially developed duals plan for which there wasn’t anything close to a consensus from the coaches, the NWCA and NCAA Wrestling Committee can iron out the details.
Among wrestling fans, there seems to be a general misunderstanding about the proposal’s vote being deferred and its timetable. The measure is certainly not dead. It may not even be delayed.
The original prospectus was for the National Duals to usurp the Individual tournament as the sanctioned event beginning with the 2013-2014 wrestling season. Should the cabinet approve the design in February or at their later meeting in June, the schedule for a new system could still be on track.
Updated on April 25, 2013, 5:57pm