NCAA president has wish list for Power Five conferences

2 years 3 months 1 week ago October 09, 2014 Oct 9, 2014 Thursday, October 09 2014 Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:35:00 AM CDT in Mizzou Xtra
By: The Associated Press

DANBURY, Connecticut (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 the conferences should prioritize the establishment of guaranteed scholarships, better insurance for student-athletes, new rules for dealing with agents and better concussion protocols.

The NCAA's board of directors in August approved a plan that would allow the 65 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference greater autonomy to determine rules around issues that "enhance the well-being of student-athletes," such as financial aid or health costs.

The plan sailed through a 60-day override period this week, with only 27 schools voting to ask the NCAA to reconsider the decision.

Emmert said he would like to see the conferences move immediately to provide scholarships that cover the entire cost of an education. He said those packages also should allow students who leave school early to pursue professional careers or for another reason to return and finish their degrees.

"Some notion of a scholarship that covers a bachelor's degree and not a year-to-year commitment is going to be really critical," he said.

He said he'd also like the Power Five vote to make sure students never have to pay out of pocket to cover any medical expenses related to their sport.

Emmert said he also would like to see the conferences immediately standardize protocols for dealing with concussions, saying every team should be required to have a medical professional on the sideline responsible for implementing concussion protocols.

"And when those aren't followed, we need to explore how we hold people accountable for doing it, and there is not a system for doing that right now," he said.

Officials at Michigan have been criticized for not immediately sitting quarterback Shane Morris after the sophomore took a hard hit in a game last month against Minnesota.

Emmert declined to say whether he thought that situation was handled properly.

The president said he also hopes the conferences move quickly to relax rules that currently prevent student-athletes from having contact with agents.

He said the current ban actually hinders families who are trying to decide whether an athlete is ready to become a professional.

"It's hard to figure out what your market value really is without 'professionalizing' yourself, and the whole nature of those relationships needs to be reconsidered, " he said.

Emmert said he supported giving the conferences more autonomy in part because he believes they are in a good position to address these types of issues quickly.

"If in fact they make the changes that I hope they make, now they'll be able to support students better," he said. "And many of the mid-majors and the non-football schools are saying, 'Well, we'll try and do the same.' Having people compete over doing good things for students is a good thing."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new set of regulations on Wednesday that clarifies standards for living... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services Department tracked a decrease in mumps cases reports when MU students... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:42:00 PM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman was sentenced to two years in prison without parole for selling more than... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:39:07 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY ( AP) — Missouri Democrats are asking Gov. Eric Greitens to support their efforts to force the new... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:23:56 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was fatally shot just west of Hickey Park. According... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:11:00 PM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the person at the center of a death investigation north of... More >>
2 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 5:15:35 PM CST in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 79-year-old man fatally shot the assistant manager of an apartment for... More >>
3 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:53:42 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department responded to a shots fired incident near Quail Drive Thursday afternoon. According to... More >>
3 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:25:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging Missouri regulations limiting how alcohol producers and... More >>
4 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:50:31 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri senator says the state shouldn't be investing in Russia, and she has filed a... More >>
4 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:44:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The man who was the face of Ferguson, Missouri, in the turmoil that followed the 2014... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:47:32 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - New research from the University of Missouri School of Social work called for more attention to advanced directives,... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:40:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces is moving to the Missouri Senate after winning... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Airport, trucking and business officials all are urging Missouri lawmakers to change state driver's license laws... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:24:06 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City-area investigators are searching for a missing college student from Wichita who hasn't been seen... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:15:54 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is appealing a federal jury's $3 million award to the family... More >>
6 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A southwest Missouri fa rmer who was charged in a fork loader assault has pleaded guilty... More >>
6 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 2:00:50 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A new report released by the Missouri Women's Foundation Thursday shows a need for policy changes to improve... More >>
7 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 12:28:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
9pm 47°
10pm 46°
11pm 45°
12am 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Good Place
8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld