INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Highlights comparing alterations made to a
proposal that could change the NCAA's governance structure. The
modifications were released Friday and are scheduled to be voted on Aug.
-- Original Proposal: The five biggest football conferences -- the
ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC -- would gain more autonomy over a
number of key areas, including funding scholarships up to the full
cost-of-attendance (money beyond tuition, room and board, books and
fees) and additional academic and career counseling. Approval would
require two-thirds of the 65 schools in those conferences.
What's New: In order to be granted autonomy over any area, at least
three of the five league representatives must agree along with 12 of the
20 presidents or chancellors on the board of directors. Only then can
an item be considered autonomously. One representative from each of the
65 schools and three student-athletes from each conference would then
vote on each proposal. Items would pass with 60 percent of the 80 votes
(48) and a simple majority of support from schools in at least three of
the five conferences or a simple majority of all votes (41) and a simple
majority from schools in four of five conferences. The board will not
allow rules changes for transfers to be considered. The five major
conferences would have until Oct. 1 to create their first list of
-- Original Proposal: All 32 Division I conferences would have a say
in any legislative matters not deemed "autonomous." These areas would
include championship administration and policy, oversight of membership
standards, proposals that require consideration by all conferences and
management of sports or topic-specific studies intended to formulate
recommendations for action by the council. Voting rights would be
delegated by the new board to a newly-created council and would include
two athlete representatives. The voting would be weighted, with the five
conferences and their schools accounting for 38 to 40 percent of the
What's New: Nothing.
-- Original Proposal: The board would continue to have 17 presidents
or chancellors as members but would add an athletic director, faculty
athletics representative, senior women's administrator and an athlete to
the voting bloc. The possibility of adding voices from outside college
campuses has been discussed but is not part of the current proposal.
What's New: The board would increase to 24 members with one president
from each of the five biggest conferences, one president from each of
the other five FBS leagues, five total presidents from FCS schools and
five presidents from non-football playing Division I schools (total of
20). The other four members would be the chair of the Division I
student-athlete advisory committee, the chair of the newly created
council, an appointee of the executive board of the Division I Faculty
Athletics Representative Association and an appointee of the executive
committee of the National Association for Collegiate Woman Athletics
-- Original Proposal: The Legislative and Leadership Councils would
be replaced by one council comprised of 38 athletic directors, faculty
athletic representatives, senior women's administrators or conference
commissioners, one representing each Division I league. Two athletes
also would have privileges. The recommendation is that 60 percent of the
school leaders be athletic directors.
What's New: Two faculty athletic representatives are added to the
voting bloc for a total of 40. Increasing the council's voting members
would change the weighted voting to give the five major conference reps
37.5 percent of the total vote, the other FBS league would get 18.8
percent, FCS and non-football playing schools would have 37.5 percent,
while athletes and the designated faculty athletic reps would each
account for 3.1 percent.
-- Original Proposal: The NCAA would reduce the large number of
current subcommittees to three: One focused on academics, one on
competition and student well-being, and one to assist the council with
its legislative role.
What's New: Not much other than the formal idea of having a Committee
on Academics that reports to the board and is still expected to
maintain a close relationship with the council and the other two
subcommittees. Those details will not be ready for a vote in August.
-- Original Proposal: University presidents would maintain control on
oversight and strategic decisions through the board of directors, but
the council would focus on operational and legislative issues. In
addition, the five power conferences would be better able to address
criticisms regarding athletes' well-being. Athletes and athletic
directors also would get a louder voice in the process.
What's New: Nothing.