BYERS ON AN OPEN COLLEGE DIVISION: "The idea was not well received within the college community. The reason I advanced it [in 1984] was because the Olympics had just concluded...and clearly the Olympic movement is going to what amounts to an open division in most sports. Would it be in the best interest of the colleges to go to an open division for those programs that develop world-class athletes, forgoing all the administrative and enforcement strain that is put on the system by the [current] rules of amateurism? I think it was a valid proposal."
ON THE COLLEGE PRESIDENTS' COMMISSION: "I think what the presidents think: College athletics will lose acceptance if [the colleges aren't] successful in maintaining their athletic programs within an educational framework. It's in [the colleges'] long-term best interest to do that. I believe it can only be accomplished if the colleges can restrain the unthinking booster who is spoiling the system by improper and under-the-table payments. That's where the big effort is being made right now...with the presidents' commission. This involvement of the presidents not only augurs well for the future, but it [also] marks one of the most significant developments in a number of years. The CEOs are determined to change the course of intercollegiate athletics. I feel good about this, and, if this effort maintains its momentum, the future looks better than it [did], say, five years ago."
ON BOOSTERS: "It's the boosters with what I call a retarded mentality who can't understand that they must work within the system and not corrupt it with improper payments. They're really a minority, but once the brush-fire starts, it creates the temptation for other boosters and alumni to fight fire with fire.... Many of them are successful in their own right. In their businesses, if they have a goal they go out to achieve it, without restrictions, and they bring that energy to making their college programs successful...[it] tends to make them rebel and say, 'Who are they to tell us what to do?' "
ON ENFORCEMENT STAFF: "We have more [investigators] than we've had before. But you cannot police college athletics properly unless the universities are going to make a solid effort to apply and enforce the rules. That's the only way this system will work: if the CEOs give hands-on administration. I'm not one to argue for a larger enforcement staff. I think we've got to put our resources into backing the presidential initiatives. That, if it's maintained, will be far more effective than hiring 10 more investigators."
ON LEN BIAS'S DEATH: "From what I know today, that tragic incident doesn't point to the character of intercollegiate athletics.... I won't be drawn into saying whether [Lefty] Driesell [ Maryland's basketball coach]...is a proper steward. I won't do that."