The NCAA will move forward with plans to restructure the current Division I system and allow the so-called “Power Five Conferences” greater autonomy because an override period for the Division I Board of Directors’ decision to restructure how member institutions govern themselves ended and the legislation did not acquire enough override requests to require the board to reconsider.
As per the NCAA: “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:
- Big Ten
- Big 12
greater autonomy to determine their own rules concerning, among other things:
- Meals and nutrition.
- Financial aid.
- Health and wellness
- Expenses and benefits for student-athletes.
- Expenses and benefits for prospective student-athletes.
- Insurance and career transition.
- Career pursuits.
- Time demands.
- Academic support.
The new model becomes effective for the 2015-2016 academic year, though the 65 schools have already begun developing their agenda for discussion at the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C.
What does this mean for student-athletes? Is this a good thing for the athletes involved in college sports? We can only wait and see. The good news, the new governance structure provides student-athletes with a vote at every level of decision-making in Division I, something student-athletes have never had previously.