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.