Mike Slive: SEC spring meetings will focus on autonomy

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With issues such as future scheduling and expansion out of the way, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said next week’s SEC spring meetings would focus on autonomy.

The Big Five power conferences – ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC – want to decide how their own legislative process works. The NCAA Board of Directors is set to vote on the NCAA restructuring in August.

“Our presidents and chancellors have unanimously supported this effort to create autonomy in these areas that are related to student-athletes, so I anticipate that we will continue to support it,” Slive told the AP. “And I do anticipate that we will also want to see that the proposed model is modified so that that autonomy really means autonomy, that the five conferences can determine how their own legislative process will work.

“This isn’t about five commissioners; this is about 65 institutions and their presidents. I’m optimistic that these changes will occur and that we will be able to fully support the model going forward.”

This doesn’t mean the end of the NCAA (at least not yet). Big Five schools will spend more money how they see fit, and it will benefit the players. Full cost of attendance or stipends, travel expenses for family members and broader insurance policies will all be talked about in the discussion.

The days of a Big Five school having to wait on a vote from a school like Wyoming are coming to a close. The gap between the haves and have nots is getting wider, and autonomy would add a major recruiting advantage in the coming years.

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  • Have a simple rule book. Enforce it 100% of the time. Don’t sanction institutions or conferences that don’t want to define themselves as NCAA college athletics. Let them do whatever they want but don’t accept a single team from those institutions as members.

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