Amid reforms, athletes need louder voice

Updated: October 5, 2011, 2:58 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

Right now, we are all eagerly awaiting the promised results from NCAA President Mark Emmert's four NCAA working groups. The NCAA has been in "reform" mode since it was first established in 1906 and, after 105 years of waiting, we can certainly wait patiently for a few more months to see if we get real results out of this latest effort.

Emmert himself handpicked the four NCAA working groups, and their charge is to recommend fundamental change in NCAA rules, enforcement, resource allocation and student-athlete well-being.

The makeup of Emmert's working groups, and the dearth of athlete involvement, raises some important, fundamental questions regarding the voice of the athlete in the NCAA process. Do athletes truly have fair representation on these working groups? Do athletes from "revenue-producing" sports have fair representation on the working groups or in any part of the NCAA process?