So, we’re now officially in the new era of NCAA autonomy. The conferences have had two months to put together their proposals for providing greater support for student-athletes – remember, that’s what all the hoo-ha was about. As John Infante points out, the initial results are less than overwhelming.
This one’s my favorite:
“Ensuring Nutritional Needs of Student-Athletes are Met in a Reasonable Way” (ACC): Virtually unlimited food was already adopted, so my sense is that “in a reasonable way” is the most important phrase in this idea. Remember that the ACC was pitching a need-based cost of attendance proposal, which is now DOA after the O’Bannon injunction. That makes it unlikely the ACC is pushing for even fewer limits on feeding, like removing board from the scholarship calculation and making food truly unlimited. Instead I suspect the ACC wants to roll back some of the changes brought by Proposal 2013–31-B and impose some more defined limits on what schools can provide.
You can just feel the player concern oozing out of those guys.