Conference, Athlete Reps To Vote On NCAA Rule Proposals This Week

Representatives from the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences (and athlete representatives) will meet this week to consider and vote on proposals to “enhance the student-athlete experience.”

The meeting comes in the fourth year of what is known as the “autonomy process,” which gives the five major conferences – ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC – the authority to make certain changes to NCAA rules for their student-athletes and athletic programs. Previous changes enacted by the conferences have mandated more rest days, a recovery period after the end of seasons and required schools to schedule true “off-days” that don’t include travel to and from competition.

Per a press release today, the new proposals will be heard by 80 voting members – one each from all 65 universities and 15 student-athlete representatives. No swimmers are among the 15.

The press release says that 13 proposals are up for discussion, focusing mostly on “improved medical care, and measures designed to enhance student-athlete and prospective student-athlete welfare.” Discussion will begin at noon on Thursday, January 18, with votes happening on Friday morning.

The list of the 15 student-athlete representatives is below, along with the full press release:

 

Eighty voting members of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC will meet in Indianapolis, Thursday, January 18, and Friday, January 19, to consider a series of proposals as part of the Autonomy governance process that gives the five conferences the ability to enact NCAA rule changes in specific legislative areas.

Many of the 13 proposals under consideration were submitted this past fall, including improved medical care, and measures designed to enhance student-athlete and prospective student-athlete welfare.

The meeting will include representatives from each of the 65 member schools of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC conferences and 15 student-athlete representatives, each of whom will have a full vote and has been included in the ongoing discussions at the conference level.

In the previous three autonomy sessions, representatives have enacted significant reforms to help student-athletes succeed in college and in life, in areas including time balance, scholarship protections, cost of attendance, concussion protocol and student-athlete welfare.

About the Autonomy Session
The autonomy proposals will be reviewed during a Discussion Forum on Thursday, January 18, beginning at noon (ET), while voting on the proposals will occur during the Autonomy Business Session on Friday, January 19, beginning at 10 a.m. (ET).

Proposals can be approved by one of the following methods:
·       60 percent of all votes (48 votes) and a simple majority support from schools in three of the five conferences, or;
·       A majority of all votes (at least 41) and simple majority support from the schools in four of the five conferences.

In addition to representatives from the 65 universities, 15 student-athletes will give a voice for the tens of thousands of current student-athletes in the five conferences.  The student-athletes participating in the autonomy process this year are:

Name                                               Institution                                       Sport
Angie Allen                                       Kansas                                             Women’s Rowing
Christian Blough                              Ohio State                                        Men’s Volleyball
Brady Bramlett                                 Ole Miss                                           Baseball
Ben-Marvin Egel                              Purdue                                             Men’s Golf
Madison Granger                             Duke                                                Women’s Cross Country
Harli Hubbard                                  NC State                                          Softball
Demetrius Jackson                         Miami                                                Football
Abu Kamara                                    Washington State                             Men’s Track & Field
Brandon Lee                                    Missouri                                           Football
Anthony Lyons, Jr.                          Texas Tech                                       Baseball
Nandi Mehta                                    Northwestern                                   Women’s Soccer
Amy Okonkwo                                TCU                                                  Women’s Basketball
Taylor Ricci                                      Oregon State                                   Women’s Gymnastics
Alyssa Rice                                      Kentucky                                         Women’s Basketball
Kristiana Warth                                Arizona State                                  Women’s Track & Field

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Yes but there are probably more men’s basketball players than volleyball as well. Pretty amazing the big money maker isn’t represented by an athlete.

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