NCAA Releases Model for Power 5 Autonomy

The NCAA just released a new governance model including autonomy for the Power 5 conferences

The NCAA has released a new governance model ostensibly giving student-athletes more of a voice in the process, but the biggest news is that the Power 5 Conferences (B1G Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12, and Pac 12) will get nearly all the autonomy they requested, as explained in the statement:

The steering committee removed transfers from the autonomy list – with a caveat. The five conferences requested autonomy over transfers if substantial change isn’t accomplished within the new structure’s first two years.

In order to be granted autonomy over an area, three of the five major conferences would have to agree. If 12 of the 20 presidents or chancellors on the board approve, the item can be moved to the autonomy list. The steering committee chose to lower these thresholds because feedback from within the five conferences indicated that the previous standard could impede the ability of the conferences to advance an agenda to support student-athletes.

To conduct business within the autonomy category, each of the five conferences would appoint one representative from each of the 65 member schools and three student-athlete representatives from each conference to cast votes, for a total of 80 votes. Items could be approved in two different ways:

60 percent of all votes (48 votes) and a simple majority support from schools in three of the five conferences, or

A simple majority of all votes (at least 41) and simple majority support from the schools in four of the five conferences.

According to the NCAA statement, The board will vote on the complete model Aug. 7, with further discussions among university presidents taking place between now and then.

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