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Report: Student-athletes may have July off under new NCAA proposal

 Florida State's Jameis Winston threw for 327 yards against the Gators last season. (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) Dead periods for college football athletes could be on the horizon very soon.  (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

The NCAA has endorsed giving college football's power conferences more leverage to govern their school, and one proposal is to give players more time away from athletics.

According to CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler, there has been discussion at Atlantic Coast Conference meetings to make July a 'dead period' for athletes, excusing them from any activities, including conference media days.

"I think the idea would prohibit (team activities) and shut it down -- but this is all still premature," Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said.

Schools in the five power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) want the ability pass their own legislation without asking for permission or receiving approval from schools with lower revenues.

The autonomy rule will be up for vote in August.

"Design and implementation of 'athletic dead periods for student-athletes would be intended to foster their participation in educational opportunities outside of intercollegiate athletics," according to an autonomy draft.

The new model would also aim to give athletes a seat at the NCAA governance table and help with the concerns over player safety.

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