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No Override of Wealthy Sports Conferences' Autonomy

October 7, 2014
 

The opportunity for institutions to attempt an override of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's decision to grant the five wealthiest conferences' new governing autonomy has passed without the call for a vote.

In August, the Division I Board of Directors granted a greater level of autonomy to the 65 member universities of the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12, and Southeastern Conferences, granting them the ability to make their own rules concerning issues such as allowing full-cost-of-attendance stipends, offering four-year scholarships, and providing better health care for athletes. At least 75 universities were required to call for an override vote by Oct. 6. Despite a handful of organizations urging institutions to request a vote and several college presidents expressing concern about the new structure, only about 20 -- including the entire Colonial Athletic Association -- did so.

Last week, the five conferences submitted to the NCAA a list of the areas and topics they would like to address using their newly granted autonomy. Full-cost-of-attendance stipends topped the list, with four of the five conferences submitting that topic under the area of financial aid. Other topics include "ensuring nutritional needs" of college athletes, updating policies governing the health and safety of athletes, and exploring career-related insurance options for athletes.

 
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