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Bowlsby says Big 12 already discussing what to do with increased autonomy

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The NCAA-endorsed proposal to provide increased autonomy to the members of the five power conferences will be put to a vote in August, and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says his conference is already discussing what to do with the extra power once it is provided. Bowlsby says the Big 12, as well as the other power conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC — are shifting conference discussions to mapping out how to handle the extra benefits to student-athletes that will be allowed under the new rules and guidelines.

“Fast-forwarding is exactly what we’re doing,” Bowlsby told USA Today. “We want to make sure that when the enabling legislation is put in place, that we are prepared not only to articulate but act upon an agenda that will be reflective of a new covenant with our student-athletes.”

The NCAA endorsed a proposal for increased autonomy in April that would provide power to the biggest conferences to play by a separate set of rules with regard to what members can provide to student-athletes. The proposal was made with support across all levels of collegiate athletics, although there are some who oppose the reform measure. Boise State president Bob Kustra has been one of the more vocal representatives speaking out against the autonomy proposal, while the Pac-12 has spearheaded an attempt to build momentum to approve the proposal. The proposal must receive a two-thirds vote from the 65 members schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC in order to pass.

Bowlsby says the idea has been floating around for a while, but now it appears the vision is becoming a reality.

“All of those things have been around for a long time, but none of them are fleshed out to the point to where we could say, ‘This is the proposal we’re going to advance,’ ” Bowlsby said to USA Today.

Next week the SEC will be discussing autonomy as well during the conference’s spring meetings.

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7 Responses to “Bowlsby says Big 12 already discussing what to do with increased autonomy”
  1. pawloosa says: May 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    Putting the cart ahead of the horse perhaps??
    IMO.. I hate seeing this become more of a reality… The beauty of sports is anytime anywhere a new program can emerge and put together Cinderella stories or a string of consistent top 25 ranked winning seasons that bring a welcome change to the sport instead of the same 10-12 teams that always end up highly ranked (which are the main ones resonsible for this power 5 autonmy crap)
    I’ll take seeing Boise State, Fresno, or Louisiana Tech in the mix of championship opportunities any day of the week over seeing the same teams year after year…. This autonmy crap will forever shut the door on mid majors and the hope of seeing someone new…

  2. thefiesty1 says: May 23, 2014 12:32 PM

    How can the Big12 be considered a “power” conference with only 10 teams and no championship game?

  3. chunkala says: May 23, 2014 12:41 PM

    Would have to disagree vehemently. The teams you’ve mentioned never played any more than 1-2 quality teams all season and then they felt that they should be considered for Natl Championship. Please. Boise had many chances to take 2 and 1 games with real football schools and declined because it wasn’t fair to them. Not realizing that had they won these games, they would have EARNED legitimacy in most people’s eyes. Short term pain for long term gain but they decided to stick to WAC garbage.

    I also detest a former JUCO or CC trying to take an equal share from schools that built this sport over 100 years. All Boise has done is take the moron athletes that Pac 12 schools aren’t allowed to actually enroll and excel against subpar competition.

  4. pawloosa says: May 23, 2014 2:41 PM


    Spoken like a true elitist of the power conference kool aid…. Heaven forbid any school outside of what’s called a “power conference” have anything to offer the game..heck man, outside of maybe the SEC west… all other “power conferences” only play 1 or 2 (maybe 3) quality games themselves so your argument doesn’t hold water IMO.. (See ACC or BIG 10 for soft conference schedules)..But again the beauty of the game is a cellar deweller like Duke can find success like 2013 once in a while or Penn State can “be back” without playing a single game because of a new coach… My point is the game doesn’t revolve around 2 or 3 teams from each of the power conferences (like some seem to think) and the future of FBS should not be determined by them either.

  5. musketmaniac says: May 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    as a wvu fan, when the 12 expands hopefully it will bring some conference teams that are close to Morgantown. The Travel is an issue, we we’re naive to think otherwise.

  6. soonergriff says: May 24, 2014 10:42 AM

    thefiesty1: “How can the Big12 be considered a “power” conference with only 10 teams and no championship game?”

    Dude. Seriously? It’s a virtual toss-up between the SEC & Big 12 between money and prestige.

    @pawloosa: “Spoken like a true elitist . . .”
    Lol. Make up your mind. The two schools you just listed both belong to one of the Power 5 conferences.

  7. pawloosa says: May 24, 2014 12:30 PM


    I know they are part of the power 5…
    The point is the power conferences are full of mediocre (penn state) or cellar deweller (duke) type teams that can have a good season once in a while and no one gives them $hit about it because they are in a power conference and in the end their schedule is not much different then some mid majors (except perhaps those in the SEC west) and yet a mid major with more consistent success is left out of the bigger games and if this autonomy crap goes through it will just make it that much more difficult or impossible to grow a program and give more “diversity” to the sport instead of the same old Bama or buckeyes every year…. I love seeing the La Techs, Boise, and NIUs of the world in the top 25 and in discussions of big games… It a hell of a lot more exciting than seeing the same teams every year.

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