Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Major changes approved

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA's Division I board of directors approved a package of sweeping reforms Thursday.

"It was one of the most aggressive and fullest agendas the board has ever faced," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "I think they're taking positive steps for schools and student-athletes."

The measures:

• Conferences can vote to provide up to $2,000 in spending money to a student-athlete beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees. Emmert said it is not pay-for-play, but the reintroduction of a stipend that existed until 1972. He compared it to stipends given to students with nonathletic scholarships. The money, which must be given equally to men and women, will come from individual schools. BCS conferences are expected to approve the payments, but it might prove too costly for others.

• Schools can award scholarships on a multiyear basis. Currently, they are renewed annually and can be revoked for any reason. Multiyear scholarships could be pulled for poor grades, academic misconduct or other improper behavior but not solely on athletic performance.

• Tied academic performance to postseason play. Beginning in 2012-13, teams must average 900 on the Academic Progress Rate over the previous four years or 930 over the previous two to be eligible. In 2014-15, the averages rise to 930 and 940, respectively. In 2015-16, schools must score 930. The measure includes football bowl games. Schools falling short could lose scholarships, practice time or games. The changes mean defending men's basketball champion Connecticut could miss the spring 2013 tournament. It already has lost two scholarships because of low marks, and it's projected to have averages of 888.6 for four years and 900.5 for two. School president Susan Herbst said she was confident the rule would not be implemented until schools have a chance to show they've made improvements. But the NCAA said it plans to allow few waivers.

• Beginning in August, high school seniors need a 2.3 GPA in 16 core courses, up from 2.0.

• Instead of 20 evaluation days in July and none in April, basketball coaches get four in April and 12 in July. Also, they can make unlimited calls and send unlimited text messages to recruits starting the June 15 after their sophomore years. The NCAA hopes this limits the influence of agents or unscrupulous coaches by eliminating all third parties.

• Endorsed a plan to edit the massive rule book and focus on broad integrity questions rather than rules such as the size of permissible envelopes to mail information to recruits. A formal proposal is expected in April.

Major changes approved 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 9:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  2. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh


    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  3. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday


    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during TCU’s 4-3 win in the College World Series.
  4. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.