NCAA president Mark Emmert has outlined his intention to form a council of athletic directors in order to relieve the burden of decision making placed on the shoulders of intensely busy college presidents.

Emmert is set to create a group of 10 athletic directors to meet regularly with him and his staff - with the first gathering to take place next month - in the hope of bringing them back to the forefront of the national discussion.

A change in the NCAA structure during the mid-1990s prompted a shift in powers which tasked university presidents with managing college sports, but it has drawn criticism from athletic directors and coaches.

They claim presidents are too far removed from the day to day running of departments to work effectively as leaders on all fronts, and Emmert is now looking create a far more efficient system.

"It's clear right now where the association has gone, it's pushed the pendulum too far in one direction," Emmert explained in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

"And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion."

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