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April 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

NCAA board inches toward big-conference autonomy

It’s a time of gradual, yet substantial, change in the NCAA governance. Thursday, the NCAA board of directors moved to grant greater autonomy to the five “power” conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — in matters like determining the cost of a full scholarship and allowances for family travel to attend offspring’s games. Here’s a quick rundown.

Meant to forward this on the other day, but CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodds did a good job breaking down the issues in a column, herewith.

With this happening at a time when the Northwestern-union talk is broiling, and all sorts of assaults on the NCAA, it could be a watershed period for the NCAA. Wonder how much of this NCAA president Mark Emmert saw coming when he took the job a few years ago, leaving the presidency of Washington?

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