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NCAA WANTS TO LIMIT SPORTS’ TIME DEMANDS ON STUDENT ATHLETES

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NCAA president Albert M. Witte said Wednesday that a consensus was growing among the organization's officials to limit time demands that sports are placing on student athletes.

"I think the consensus is to make the life of the athlete more like the life of the student," Witte said as the NCAA Council wrapped up its spring meeting. "So the quest is to find ways and means to do that."Witte said sports are becoming an "almost year-round activity" that leave students little time to study.

"Time demands on students rarely received meaningful discussion until this year," Witte said. But he said the issue was gaining momentum now.

At its annual convention last year, the NCAA voted to reduce the number of regular season Division I basketball games from 28 to 25. He said the prospects were good for similar moves to be considered at the next convention in January.

The 46-member council, a policy-making group for the NCAA, received reports with recommendations from conference commissioners and special committees.

Other issues involve restructuring athletic divisions, reducing costs of college athletics and reducing the time athletes are required to dedicate to their sports. Witte said one of the goals was cutting athletic costs by 10 percent.

The recommendations included proposals to reduce scholarships, games, recruiting visits and the number of coaches permitted to recruit.

Witte said the goal of the report on restructuring NCAA membership was to establish better defined criteria for the association's divisions.