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NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

11 months ago Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:58:00 PM CDT April 24, 2014 Thursday, April 24 2014 Apr 24, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS- The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization.

The changes would allow the wealthiest schools to adopt some legislation on their own, including provisions for money beyond what current scholarships cover, up to the full cost-of-attendance, expanded insurance coverage and money to help families travel to NCAA tournaments.

The proposal would affect the 65 schools in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

NCAA President Mark Emmert supports the move. A formal vote is expected in August.

If passed then, the transition could begin this fall.

The board also approved allowing schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to athletes.

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