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Power Five Conference Autonomy Is Here To Stay

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Power conference autonomy is a go.


The NCAA will move forward with plans to restructure the top of Division I -- so called "Power five conference autonomy" -- as the legislation did not garner enough override votes to require the Division I Board of Directors to reconsider. Via the

The override period for the Division I Board of Directors' decision to restructure how members govern themselves ended today, and the legislation did not garner enough override requests to require the board to reconsider.

Of the 345 schools in the division, 27 schools requested an override of the legislation that finalized the restructuring plan, less than the 75 required.

The new governance structure provides student-athletes with a vote at every level of decision-making in Division I and will preserve and improve college sports, which has helped millions of student-athletes gain access to higher education and pursue a degree.

The new model will allow the 65 schools in the top five conferences -- the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 -- greater autonomy to determine rules around, among other things, student-athlete health and wellness, financial aid, recruiting, time demands and personnel.

The new substructure should be operational in time for the 2015-16 athletic season. The power five conferences, including the ACC, have already developed agendas around autonomy that will be vetted during the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington D.C.

Of note: of the 27 schools voting to override the legislation, three are members of Hockey East -- New Hampshire, Northeastern and Vermont. Denver of the NCHC also voted for an override. A number of AJCU schools -- Fordham, Loyola Chicago, St. Peter's and Seattle -- also voted for the override.

Anyhow, it's full steam ahead for the NCAA's plan to give the Power 5 greater autonomy. This is definitely something to keep an eye on over the next few months as the power conferences adopt new rules in several key areas.