NCAA reform plan passes 60-day override period

Tuesday October 7th, 2014

A plan to reform the NCAA giving more power to college football's five richest conference passed through the 60-day override period, the NCAA announced.

The NCAA Board of Directors voted 16-2 in August to allow the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conferences to change rules and give autonomy to those member schools, without asking schools with less money for permission. 

According to the NCAA, 75 schools (25 from the applicable subdivision for football-specific legislation) would have needed to vote for an override, in which the board would have been required to reconsider the plan. If 125 schools voted on an override, the plan would have been suspended until final action was taken by the membership.

But only 27 of the 345 Division I schools requested the override, according to the NCAA. The plan is set to start next year and will try to give athletes more say voting issues. Among the areas the NCAA want to improve include financial aid, expenses and benefits for student-athletes, meals and nutrition and insurance and career transition. 

The NCAA says the new plan will “preserve and improve college sports, which has helped millions of student-athletes gain access to higher education and pursue a degree.”

Delaware, Fordham, Bradley, Indiana State, Drexel, McNeese State and Vermont were among the schools that requested an override.

- Scooby Axson


SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.