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Aug 10, 2014 1:49 AM by Richie Melby (

Wildcat coaching legend Tomey addresses power five conferences

TUCSON - Former Arizona Wildcat football coaching legend Dick Tomey was in Tucson Saturday speaking to local coaches and athletes. Tomey offered his knowledge on everything from leadership to motivation, inspiration to overcoming the odds.

Tomey also addressed the NCAA's recent decision to allow the "power five" conferences (Pac-12, ACC, SEC, Big 10 and Big 12) to create their own rules and legislation, without the approval of the other Division I programs.

"It's been coming for a long time. I think there has been an effort to do that for maybe 20 years," Tomey told News 4 Tucson, "but it only recently received the legs it needed to get that done.

"The good news is, it's going to give those players that play in those conferences scholarships that will help them with the cost of attendance more. The bad news is, it may lock some mid-major schools, like a Boise State who did such a great job with less, out of being able to do that nearly as well."

News 4 also asked Coach Tomey his thoughts on Friday's federal court ruling that the NCAA could not stop student-athletes in men's basketball and football from selling their image and name if used to create a profit.

"The scholarship should just be for the full cost of attendance," he said. "The other way I don't think so. You create too much of an in-equity on your team based on the position they play. I don't think that's necessarily healthy."


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