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NCAA approves autonomy for the Power 5 conferences


Exciting news from Indianapolis: the NCAA has approved autonomy for the Power 5 conferences (SEC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, Pac 12), which will allow them to create their own rules. This clears the path for the Power 5 to give student-athletes better benefits, including guaranteed, full cost scholarships, extended medical care, educational trusts, and additional family benefits. It will also likely lead to paying athletes a stipend, something coaches are becoming increasingly vocal about, including John Calipari.

The next step is for the Power 5 to come up with an agenda, which will be voted on at the NCAA Convention in January. Hopefully, the new legislation will take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.

Last month, the NCAA released this graphic to explain how voting would work in the Power 5:



Kudos to the NCAA for taking the first step to reform. It’s a long road, but at least we’re headed in the right direction.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for NCAA approves autonomy for the Power 5 conferences

  1. gordonm
    3:00 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    It is only the right direction if maybe you want to hang with the NCAA going forward.

  2. RICK
    4:33 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    If your talking about the direction to ruin college sports then your right.

  3. Depends
    4:41 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    I say start paying players and seeing how long it takes for Oklahoma State (T. Boone Pickens) and Oregon (Nike $$) to become perennial powers in Football and Basketball.

  4. quickneasycat
    5:05 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Not to sound like Mr. Conspiracy Theory here but could they have possibly done this in lieu of the UNC scandal and now the UNC scandal will just kind of go away as if it never happened? I’m ignorant on this so please someone enlighten me.

  5. clancyhat
    10:14 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    And, the inmates are in charge…