Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby called it “a big day for student-athletes.”
A panel of 15 student-athletes and representatives from the 65 schools in the five football power conferences voted 79-1 on Saturday to give those five leagues autonomy from the remainder of the NCAA. The legislation included a full cost-of-attendance measure added to athletes’ scholarships.
“The benefits now available to student-athletes are more significant,” said Bowlsby, the former Stanford athletic director, from Saturday’s NCAA convention near Washington D.C. “This is a big step forward and a response to a changing circumstance for the 21st century athlete.”
Cal interim athletic director Michael Williams called the changes “a huge milestone” for the schools involved and college sports in general.