Historical vote awards more power to Power 5, student-athletes

08/07/2014 05:15 PM

The NCAA Board of Directors voted on Thursday to restructure the governing process of Division I schools. The decision will provide more autonomy to the Power 5 conferences, which includes the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12. It also brings more voice to student-athletes.

Here are the biggest take-aways from the ruling:

- The Power 5 conferences can now make decisions for themselves apart from the other Division I conferences.

- The new NCAA Board of Directors will include additional school presidents, as well as a student-athlete, faculty representative, athletic director and female administrator

- A new body called the Council will take on day-to-day tasks of Division I and will also involve student athletes, faculty and conference commissioners.

- Student-athletes can now vote at every level of the legislative process.

- The vote will become official in 60 days, during which time an override request is possible. However, at least 75 schools must request that override.

- The Power 5 must submit an agenda for autonomy legislation by October 1 which will then be voted on during the NCAA Convention in January 2015.

As a member of the Power 5, here’s what ACC commissioner John Swofford had to say about today’s decision:

cn|2 Sports recently sat down with Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche and she shared her thoughts about what the future would mean for her conference if autonomy was granted:


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