Ohio State AD confident NCAA will approve Power Five autonomy

Friday July 18th, 2014

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he is confident that next month's vote on autonomy for the Power Five conferences will pass.

The NCAA is set to vote on the issue Aug. 7. 

The Power Five Conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast, Pac-12, Southeastern) want the ability to vote and pass certain legislation without asking permission from smaller schools.

For example, legislation granting a $2,000 stipend for athletes would be more likely to pass with autonomy for the Power Five conferences. The proposal was previously rejected by a majority of the 347 Division I members.

The leagues have talked about breaking away from Division I if the vote is not passed.

“I think the outcome is going to be highly positive. I think in the end, we’ll be able to do what we want to do for our student-athletes in our types of institutions. We have strong support from our president," Smith said, via the Columbus Dispatch. "Mike Slive and Jim Delany don’t make their comments without the support of the individual institutions, which means the presidents have signed off on it."

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