Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Emmert Wants NCAA Upgrades

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Emmert Wants NCAA Upgrades

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INDIANAPOLIS - Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports' first union, the NCAA president told The Associated Press that a new governance system could solve many problems by providing more opportunities for college athletes and their families.

"It's the intention of the membership and my hope with the governance (proposal) in place, that the 65 universities in the big five conferences and the other schools can came to a quicker resolution about ways to help student-athletes," Emmert said Wednesday.

A formal vote on the proposal is not expected until at least this summer.

The 57-page draft proposal would give schools in the five biggest conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) more autonomy to implement changes deemed to be in the best interests of their athletes. …

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