DANBURY, Conn. (AP) Now that the Power Five conferences have their autonomy, NCAA President Mark Emmert has a wish list he'd like them to tackle right away.
Emmert, speaking after a lecture at Western Connecticut State University, said Wednesday he would like the conferences to make sure the entire cost of attending school is covered by athletic scholarships. He says he'd also like the Power 5 to extend the length of scholarships to allow students to come back and finish their degrees, provide insurance to cover all medical expenses for athletes and relax the rules governing contact with agents.
Emmert says he also would like to see the conferences immediately change the rules dealing with concussions. He says every team should be required to have a medical professional on the sidelines and responsible for implementing concussion protocols. He says there also needs to be more clearly defined accountability if those protocols are not followed.