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NCAA Debating New Structure Providing More Autonomy To Power Conferences
Published January 15, 2014
WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED: NCAA President Mark Emmert on Monday said that there "is a 'reasonable chance' the five power conferences in college football will be able to offer athletes the full cost of attendance after being granted autonomy to do so sometime after the upcoming NCAA convention." Emmert said that he "senses that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems 'less controversial' and 'less threatening' than it did in the past year." ESPN.com's Joe Schad noted in order to "decide if schools with the resources should be able to pass rules that would allow for autonomy for the power conferences, the NCAA board, consisting of 17 school presidents, will listen to debate and discussion that could lead to the autonomy being granted." In this scenario, those schools "would be permitted, for example, to grant athletes the full cost of attendance and possibly pass rules in other areas such as agent regulation." It would "not preclude other conferences from also deciding to do so" (ESPN.com, 1/13).