Emmert takes center stage as NCAA retreat begins

By MICHAEL MAROT | August 9, 2011 | 5:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA presidents are spending the first day of their two day retreat talking about finances.

Those inside the meeting say they have been looking at data -- not debating solutions -- about the disparity of Division I athletic department budgets that range from $3 million to $130 million.

During a break, some of the approximately 80 participants acknowledged it's time for a debate about the future of college sports. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe also wants to discuss upgraded scholarships that would cover more than just tuition, room and board and books. Beebe believes that topic will be addressed Wednesday.

NCAA President Mark Emmert gave the opening remarks Tuesday. Other topics expected to be on the agenda are stronger enforcement tools, deregulation and academic reforms.