Today, in “I think it’s really the right thing for student-athletes.”

The NCAA’s Division I autonomy group finally gets around to mandating medical coverage for student-athletes after they leave school.

Medical coverage and mental health benefits for athletes who suffered injuries or sought help during their college careers was extended for at least two years after they leave campus. The proposal passed by 78-1 with the lone dissenting vote coming from an ACC school. Wake Forest’s representative did not attend because of what was believed to be weather-related travel issues.

Each institution will be able to create its own policies for who qualifies for the new two-year requirement. Many but not all of the 65 Power Five conference members already provide post-career medical coverage, including the Pac-12, which has a four-year mandate.

Yep, there’s a school out there that voted against that proposal, which, as you can see by the Pac-12’s policy, doesn’t really go far enough.

It’s an open question whether the moves by the wealthiest conferences leads to similar changes in other leagues. Schools with less money may find the insurance costs prohibitive unless the NCAA pitches in.

“Maybe that is the discussion or a proposal that comes forward,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said.

Gee, that would be nice.  Maybe Mark Emmert can shake some loose change out of the March Madness couch to make up the difference.


Filed under The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

8 responses to “Today, in “I think it’s really the right thing for student-athletes.”

  1. Cojones

    How about the insurance afforded for athletes while they are in school? If we can insure football players for injuries that may occur at an institution after they elect to not leave early for the NFL, how does that even out for others in other sports? Can all athletes have greater insurance policies if they don’t go out into the market early?

    Jus’ askin’.


  2. South FL Dawg

    Funny how Title 9 wasn’t an issue. Not that it should have been. But mention paying cash and that’s one of the first arguments.


  3. DawgByte

    We can always count on Blutarsky; the social justice warrior, to keep us apprised of such news and information.


    • You make taking care of amateur athletes who get hurt playing college ball sound like a shitty thing to do. Nice.


      • Macallanlover

        This is much more logical than many of the other crusades. Hard to see how they can walk way, or do anything less. Doesn’t mean they have provided gracious plenty, but this particular piece falls clearly in the area of being their responsibility. Surprised it wasn’t unanimous, even if a few were sweating the potential costs.


  4. The Dawg abides

    Anyone want to guess which ACC institution voted against this? I’d say tech or Louisville.