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DII Presidents Council approves budget allocations, distribution to schools

Schools that participated in 2018-19 championships also to be reimbursed for local ground transportation

The Division II Presidents Council has approved a series of budget allocations that include a supplemental distribution to all Division II schools and a reimbursement of local ground transportation costs for schools that participated in 2018-19 championships.

The council met Thursday during the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California.

The budgetary actions, recommended by the Division II Planning and Finance Committee, ensure the division will distribute more than $1 million in 2018-19 surplus funds back to schools to assist with costs associated with sponsoring athletics. The supplemental distribution will amount to approximately $3,458 per school.

The Presidents Council also approved allocating approximately $352,000 to help cover expenses related to the Division I, II and III joint men’s basketball championship in April 2020 and future joint championship opportunities. An additional $207,800 would help fund continued growth of the online educational program, DII University.

Additionally, institutions that participated in 2018-19 championships will receive a reimbursement of local ground transportation costs, determined as follows:

  • For team sports: $1,200 per day times the number of per diem days for each team.
  • For individual sports: $30 per day times the number of eligible travelers, times the number of per diem days.

The reimbursement is an increase of $5 per day for individual sports and $100 for team sports compared with the last reimbursement, which was approved for 2017-18 championships and distributed in early 2019.

All distributions to schools will be issued in February.

“The Planning and Finance Committee and Presidents Council are keenly aware of the pressures on college athletics when it comes to costs associated with participation in championships,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of South Carolina Aiken and vice chair of the Presidents Council. “Our hope is that this additional money will relieve some of the stress on student-athletes and their institutions.”

The Presidents Council also decided to reallocate $1.4 million that was previously reserved for the regular-season media agreement for the 2020-21 academic year with ESPN and Niles Media Group in order to fund new priority initiatives for Division II. The new allocations include additional funding for championships expenses, conference grants, grants to Division II’s affiliate organizations and communications and marketing efforts. It will also help fund a new Division II initiative intended to promote excellent customer service among game day staff and improve the overall game environment on campuses.

Concussion reporting

The Presidents Council also adopted legislation requiring schools to report annually all sport-related concussions in student-athletes and the resolution of those concussions. The Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports will develop and maintain policies and procedures for the reporting.

The legislation will be effective for concussions diagnosed May 18, 2020, and thereafter.

Elections

The council elected Allison Garrett, president of Emporia State, to the vice chair position, replacing Jordan. Jordan will take over as chair, replacing Daemen President Gary Olson, whose term on the council expires after the NCAA Convention.

Discussions with Management Council, SAAC

Earlier on Thursday, the Presidents Council joined the Management Council and the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for breakfast and a discussion about new data from the 2019 NCAA GOALS study, a comprehensive study of the experiences and well-being of current student-athletes. NCAA research staff presented data on student-athlete pre-college experiences, social experiences in college, time demands, mental health and life after college. The presidents and chancellors, athletics administrators and student-athletes participated in roundtable discussions about the findings. 

After the breakfast, the Presidents Council and Management Council held a joint meeting to discuss the issue of name, image and likeness. Council members deliberated on preliminary concepts and reviewed next steps for the coming months. Feedback from members will continue to be gathered through spring. In June, the Division II Legislation Committee is expected to make formal legislative recommendations regarding name, image and likeness that will be voted on at the 2021 NCAA Convention.