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NCAA Proposes New Governance Structure Aimed At Pleasing Power Five Conferences
Published July 18, 2014
SMITH CONFIDENT OF SUCCESS: Ohio State AD Gene Smith said he believes the outcome of the vote "is going to be highly positive." He added, "In the end, we’ll be able to do what we want to do for our student-athletes in our types of institutions.” In Columbus, Todd Jones notes the Power Five seek "increased autonomy in part because legislation for a $2,000 stipend for athletes was initially passed in 2011, only to have a majority of the 347 members in Division I override the proposal." Smith: "The top 65 are different. Our resources are significantly different than the other schools. We have the capacity to do more things for our student-athletes that other schools can’t do. ... We should be allowed to do those” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 7/18).
TRIANGLE OFFENSE: In Durham, Harold Gutmann reports North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham, Duke AD Kevin White, NC Central AD Ingrid Wicker-McCree and NC State AD Debbie Yow gathered Thursday to discuss the "complications of the cost of attendance issue." Should the Power Five receive more autonomy on athlete benefits, Yow "believes that the first issue up for debate would be providing athletes with the full cost of attendance." She said, "It sounds like such a simple idea but is anything but that, for a couple of reasons." Yow also spoke on Title IX and said it "doesn’t recognize revenue-producing sports." Yow: "If we’re going to do this for the men, are we also going to have to do this for the women?” Meanwhile, Cunningham said that UNC "already gets $500,000 a year from an NCAA student assistance fund that can be given to student-athletes in need, and some athletes get up to $11,000 a year." He was "concerned that spending more money could decrease the opportunities for kids who want to play collegiate sports." Wicker-McCree said that earlier this summer, the MEAC, "decided not to follow a new NCAA guideline that allows Division I athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks." She said that the "cost of attendance issue would be another challenge for non-Power 5 conferences, though she didn’t think that should be a reason to stop it from moving forward." Meanwhile, White said that a scholarship athlete at a private school like Duke "could already be receiving the equivalent of $500,000 in benefits over a four-year career." He would "prefer a system that provided full cost of attendance only to those in need instead of offering it to everyone" (Durham HERALD-SUN, 7/18).