The NCAA's five power conferences could soon comprise their own separate voting bloc.
According to Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC "appear poised to get their way and their own voting bloc within the NCAA."
While it seems likely that the five power conferences will achieve their goal of securing their own coalition within the NCAA, the process could be lengthy.
According to Wake Forest president and Division I Board of Directors chair Nathan Hatch via Forde, individual conferences will have an opportunity to analyze and discuss recent research over the course of their annual spring meetings.
At that point, a potential proposal could be voted on. Hatch said that he and his colleagues hope to have the new division approved by this summer.
According to Forde, a recent poll of NCAA administrators revealed nearly 60 percent support for power conference independence.
NCAA president Mark Emmert discussed the change in attitude, per Forde:
It makes sense for the five big revenue conferences to have their own voice. A year ago that would have been a very difficult conversation. Now [member schools] are saying, 'Yeah, that makes sense.'...People have just become more comfortable with the ideas and concepts of it.'
Forde also reported that increased compensation for college athletes is the "most publicized change" the new division of power conferences hope to make. Naturally, officials across the five power conferences have spent the past two years attempting to get legislation passed that would boost athlete compensation.
As Forde explains, the legislation would easily be passed if the top schools land their own voting bloc.
Research shows that it's likely not a question of if, but rather when, the power conferences will secure autonomy. There's still a lot to be determined in the coming months as officials prepare to put forth their proposal.
Although the specifics surrounding the potential changes that would come about remain unknown, there's no doubt that the creation of a power division within the NCAA would have a significant impact moving forward.
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