Charlie Baker, NCAA Commissioner, voices concerns with latest realignment moves
NCAA Commissioner Charlie Baker issued a statement to Sports Illustrated Monday afternoon concerning the latest developments in conference realignment.
Of course, the Pac-12 lost Arizona, Arizona State and Utah to the Big 12 while also losing Washington and Oregon to the Big Ten this past week.
Baker is concerned about the impact realignment at this scale will have on student athletes, though some on social media noted that his comments came a little too late.
Check out his full statement below:
“I share concerns about the impact that the recent spate of conference realignment activities will have on student-athletes’ well-being,” Baker said in the statement to SI. “The recent conference moves highlight what I found during my review of the issues facing the NCAA – the growing gap between well-resourced Division I schools and the rest of the division is highly disruptive for all of DI and college sports overall. I believe DI university and college presidents, commissioners and the NCAA should work together to explore ways to address the impact this growing gap is having on student-athlete well-being and the competitive equity issues across the division.”