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.