The five major conferences received some very good news from Indianapolis today, where the NCAA took a break from tap-dancing on the skulls of student-athletes to hold an actual meeting with real life progress. Sitting at a conference table made of gold, in a room filled with mountains of cold hard cash, the NCAA “generally agreed” on the autonomy of the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences.
Among the areas in which the NCAA generally agrees to allow the conferences to be self-governed: financial aid, including full cost of attendance and scholarship guarantees; insurance, including policies that protect future earnings; academic support, particularly for at-risk athletes; other support such as travel for families, free tickets to games and expenses associated with events, such as parking.
The board is seeking feedback and will vote on the final recommendations in August.
John Calipari, your thoughts?