Mark Richt Only NCAA Coach Named to New Football Oversight Committee


Mark Richt’s reputation as a man of integrity has landed him a spot as the only coach on the NCAA’s new Football Fversight Committee.

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If you want a straight answer, an honest assessment, and a guy who will punish those who break the rules regardless of how it affects his program, then the first name that comes to mind for many who follow college football is Mark Richt.

And that reputation as a decent person and honest coach that made the NCAA choose him as the only coach to sit on the newly formed committee that will oversee football.

From the report on the new committee:

"The committee is the overarching clearinghouse on all Division I football issues. Its chairman is Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, and its recommendations will be handed up to the newly reconstructed NCAA Council.As one of its first duties, the committee is expected to consider conference title game deregulation reported earlier this month.The 12-person committee was created out of NCAA reform that creates more streamlined governance. Example: The new committee makes it unlikely that Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema could have such influence on the rules-making process that they did in 2014. The NCAA rules committee is one of those that will report to the oversight committee."

Richt will serve as one of seven non-council members on the committee which will have a single athlete named to join at a later date. The football oversight committee will also include athletic directors from Miami (Blake James), Arizona State (Ray Anderson), Central Florida (Michael Todd Stansbury) and Nebraska (Shawn Eichorst).

The committee is reportedly being formed to help lessen the influence of coaches on processes involving rules and competition, something that has had fans up in arms about during recent seasons, with some of the more powerful NCAA coaches working to keep rules in their favor.

“The NFL, they don’t ask coaches what they think about the rules,” Bowlsby said earlier this month. “The owners make the rules.”

The committee will oversee all 128 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the 124 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

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