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Penn State Fully Supports Newly Purposed NCAA Governance Structure And Autonomy

by on August 08, 2014 4:25 PM

Penn State is backing new NCAA regulations that will give universities in five major conferences substantial new powers.

In the most basic of terms the newly passed plan will provide the nation's five largest athletic conferences with the ability to create rules that will govern issues such as student athlete scholarships, medical care, and other issues related to current regulations. One of the most prominent of these issues includes the possibility of student athlete stipends, an idea previously voted down in the past year by some of the nation's smaller conferences.  

The plan is the NCAA's first action that recognizes the growing separation of power and money between the five major conferences in Division I athletics and the rest of the NCAA's member institutions. Those conferences are the Southeastern Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Pacific-12, the Big Ten and the Big 12 

While no immediate actions have been taken following the announcement of the newly proposed plan, the result will undoubtedly involved more money into athlete scholarships and resources. Penn State athletics continues to stagger through financial debt although many of those issues will subside following the completion of NCAA sanctions and the restructuring of the Big Ten Network TV deal due up in a few short years.

The governance and autonomy plans are not yet official but this week's ruling was a big step forward in that process.

A statement from Penn State says, "At the core of the decision is the ability to provide optimal care and enhanced opportunities for student-athlete success in the classroom and on the field of play. Anything that puts students first is to be applauded.  Like many things in college athletics, there will be costs associated with change.  It will require that we exhibit extreme discipline and establish a prioritization based on our values. All of this will be healthy for the enterprise, both at Penn State and nationally, and good for our student-athletes."

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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