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NCAA Board of Directors endorse restructuring for autonomy

The NCAA took one important step toward moving to a new power structure allowing for autonomy to yield more power to the most powerful conferences. The Division I Board of Directors endorsed a restructuring process that would be more equipped to handle the changing landscape of collegiate athletics and provide for a larger voice representing the student-athletes to be heard.

“The model we sent to the membership today is not a final product,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, chair of the board and the steering committee. “Some aspects of the model remain under discussion, and we hope the membership will provide us further input.”

The Board of Directors, comprised of university presidents, will now await feedback from all member schools before planning to adopt the new governance structure in August. There has been widespread support for a new system that would grant the power conferences — the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — more power to operate under a slightly different set of rules the other divisions and conferences would be governed. This would, in theory, allow those conferences to hold separate votes regarding cost of attendance for scholarships, insurance, travel restrictions and more.

Per the NCAA;

Areas in which the membership generally agrees on autonomy for the five conferences include:

  • financial aid, including full cost of attendance and scholarship guarantees;

  • insurance, including policies that protect future earnings;

  • academic support, particularly for at-risk student-athletes; and

  • other support, such as travel for families, free tickets to athletics events, and expenses associated with practice and competition (such as parking).

The timing of this news should not go unnoticed. On Friday football players at Northwestern are scheduled to cast their votes on unionizing, a right previously granted by a ruling by a regional office of the National Labor Relations Committee. Will this latest development in the changing of the power structure at the NCAA have any last-second impact on the Northwestern vote? Probably not, but it should not be considered a coincidence the new structure at the NCAA looks to leave a seat open at the table for the student-athletes.

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3 Responses to “NCAA Board of Directors endorse restructuring for autonomy”
  1. florida727 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:24 AM

    Couple thoughts…

    1) Insurance to protect future earnings? You going to provide insurance policies to protect the biophysicist against a broken hand/finger that prevents him/her from entering life-altering data into a computer? Ridiculous comparison, I know. So is having an “institute of higher LEARNING” paying for a STUDENT-athlete’s insurance policy covering what they MIGHT earn after leaving the university. If you’re a lock to be a lottery pick or NFL 1st rounder, you can get your own insurance policy.

    2) Travel for families? Okay, I have a 6′ 11″ shooting guard that drains 54.3% of his threes with unlimited range, and 98.2% of his free throws (he’s really, really good) and we decide UCLA is the best palce for him to go even though we live in Florida (sorry Billy D.). They’re going to fly us to every home game at Pauley Pavilion? How about making the kid and his family responsible for his choice of school and let them take into account the parents’ ability to watch their kid play? This is borderline stupid.

    3) “Full cost of attendance”? So the kid wants a pizza (delivered) to his dorm every night. That’s a “cost of attendance”, right? Kid’s got to eat. This could open a proverbial can-of-worms that no one could close.

    The only item mentioned that I even remotely agree with is the guarantee of scholarships. As it is now, if a kid suffers a career-ending injury, the school can revoke his scholarship and give it to an able-bodied player. That doesn’t seem right. You can bury the injured kid in a football program that has 120 kids in the program, but in basketball there’s a much more limited number of scholarships to go around. Every one of them does impact the roster.

    Bottom line: the NCAA is scared. They’re going to bend over backwards because, literally, BILLIONS of dollars are at stake and they’re afraid the power conferences will take their influence and form their own governing body.

    Remember what the Bible says: it’s not money that’s the “root of all evil”, it’s the LOVE OF money that’s the root of all evil. Has there ever been a more clear example of it than the NCAA?

  2. kitnamania13 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:46 AM

    This is just what the doctor ordered – more autonomy for the schools that make the biggest mockery of what college sports and higher education are all about.

  3. ancientcougar says: Apr 26, 2014 11:36 PM

    This will automatically end any program that is not in a power conference of ever getting into one. You will further a mentality of haves and have nots.

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