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Autonomy conferences adopt medical care proposal

Student-athletes support proposal that mandates expanded coverage

On the floor of Thursday’s autonomy discussion forum, several of the voting student-athletes voiced support for a proposal that would require schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences to provide medical coverage for athletically related injuries for at least two years after a student graduates or leaves school.

All 65 schools in the five autonomy conferences, plus three student-athletes from each conference, will vote on the medical care proposal and other autonomy legislation at the Autonomy Business Session on Friday.

Taylor Ricci, a former gymnastics student-athlete at Oregon State, shared how her school supported her after she was injured while participating in her sport. Pac-12 rules already require schools to cover student-athlete injuries for a period after graduation.

“As a student coming from a Pac-12 institution, I cannot emphasize enough how important this proposal is,” Ricci, a pre-med student who graduated with a degree in exercise sport science. “This (shows schools place) the utmost importance on the welfare of student-athletes. I’m excited to see the rest of autonomy follow the Pac-12.”

The proposal, sponsored by the Big Ten and the Big 12, would give schools discretion regarding how to provide care. Schools would be relieved of the requirement if a student qualifies for the NCAA Catastrophic Insurance Program.

“As a student-athlete who had two surgeries in my career, having this assurance of medical care is critical,” said Brady Bramlett, former baseball student-athlete at Ole Miss. Bramlett, who chairs the national Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, graduated with a degree in biology and is pursuing a master’s degree in integrated communications.

All 65 schools in the five autonomy conferences, plus three student-athletes from each conference, will vote on the medical care proposal and other autonomy legislation at the Autonomy Business Session on Friday.

The following chart lists the proposals and voting results.

Proposal Sponsor What it would do? Action
2017-95 — Defining relationships for benefit purposes Atlantic Coast Conference Would define the term “significant other” and replace “spouse” with “significant other.” Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-96 — Swimming and diving coaches Big 12 Conference Would allow a graduate assistantship in swimming and diving. Adopted, 64-14-1, Effective immediately
2017-97 — Women’s rowing coaches Atlantic Coast Conference Would allow women’s rowing graduate assistants to receive training table meals without being charged. Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-98 — Expanding benefits for volunteer coaches Big 12 Conference Would allow volunteer coaches to receive game tickets and meals during a recruiting visit, among other benefits. Adopted, 79-0, Effective Aug. 1, 2018
2017-99 — Recruiting coordination Southeastern Conference Would eliminate on-campus video evaluation selection of prospective student-athletes from the list of recruiting coordination functions. Adopted, 76-3, Effective immediately
2017-100 — Men’s ice hockey amateurism Big Ten Conference Would allow men’s ice hockey prospects to be represented by an agent without jeopardizing college eligibility, with some parameters. Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-101 — Student host entertainment allowance Southeastern Conference Would increase the allowance provided to student-athletes who serve as hosts for visiting recruits. Adopted, 64-15, Effective Aug. 1, 2018
2017-101-1 – Student host entertainment allowance Big 12 Conference Would amend 2017-101 to include a smaller increase in the allowance authorized for student-athletes who serve as hosts for visiting recruits. Defeated, 36-43
2017-102 — Meals on official visit Southeastern Conference Would allow schools to provide snacks to a recruit and his or her family during official visits. Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-103 — Restitution Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences Would increase from $100 or less to $200 or less the limit on the value of improper benefits that require restitution. Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-104 — Medical coverage Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference Would require schools to provide medical care to student-athletes for athletically related injuries. Adopted, 78-1, Effective Aug. 1, 2018
2017-105 — Scholar-athlete trophy Southeastern Conference Would allow conferences to provide trophies to scholar-athletes of the year. Adopted, 79-0, Effective immediately
2017-106 — Requiring a three-day break for basketball student-athletes Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences Would require schools to give men’s basketball student-athletes three days off during holiday break, with some conditions. Adopted, 58-21, Effective Aug. 1, 2018
2017-106-1 — Requiring a three-day break for basketball student-athletes Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences Would amend proposal 2017-106 to allow, once every four years, teams participating in a regular-season tournament during the holiday period, to forgo the three required days off during the holiday period. Adopted (as amended) 61-18, Effective Aug. 1, 2018

*One school was absent from the autonomy business session.