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Proposed NCAA Restructuring Would Strengthen Power Conferences

A proposal distributed to NCAA member institutions on Thursday by Wake Forest Univ. President and NCAA D-I Chair Nathan Hatch "calls for a variety of changes in the NCAA's system of governance." Under the proposal, the five power conferences would be "positioned to gain new clout within the NCAA, paving the way for them to spend money more freely to help athletes and make rules that could exclusively benefit their institutions."

Structural changes would include "a simplified legislative structure that would give more power" to ADs, and a "competency-based" selection process for filling governing body positions. The ideas are "designed to spur debate" at next week's NCAA Convention in San Diego, and "are by no means final" (CHRONICLE.com, 1/10).
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