Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said on ESPN on Thursday that Power Five conference autonomy is "not going to work."
The Power Five conferences - the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC - are seeking to establish autonomy in order to more easily adopt reform. The new governance model for those conferences would feature 80 votes - one from each of the 65 member schools and three student-athlete representatives from each conference. Under their proposal, making changes would require one of the following: 60 percent of the 80 votes and a majority from three of the five conferences, or 51 percent of votes and a majority within four of the five conferences.
Conference and school representatives have said autonomy would lead to the Power Five being able to establish reform measures, such as the granting of full cost of attendance scholarships and four-year scholarships.
Opponents of the idea have said they believe the Power Five conferences will find themselves frustrated to still be working under the constraints of the NCAA even with autonomy, which could lead to a complete split from the governing body.
The NCAA will vote on the autonomy proposal on Aug. 7. Several conference commissioners and athletic directors, such as Ohio State AD Gene Smith, have said they expect the measure to pass.
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- Ben Estes