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Though the Division I agenda will not feature an override vote at the NCAA Convention for the first time since 2005, important work will be done this week to shape the future of the division.
Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members take part in a public-speaking exercise on the opening day of the 105th annual NCAA Convention.
The Legislative Council will begin voting on 127 pieces of legislation, including several key items that could cause major changes in Division I rules governing amateurism, academic eligibility, membership standards and recruiting.
Among the more significant proposals are:
The Leadership Council, which meets on Thursday, is expected to weigh in on men’s basketball recruiting and student-athlete amateurism issues.
The Board of Directors tasked the Council with studying the recruiting issue after the Collegiate Commissioners Association brought concerns to the presidents last fall. The Council plans to have recommendations for a new recruiting model to the Board within a year.
The Council will also discuss amateurism rules in the wake of several eligibility cases involving violations of Bylaw 12, including student-athletes who had contact with agents in violation of current NCAA legislation.
That discussion is expected to carry over to the Division I Board of Directors, which will meet on Saturday to review the work of both the Legislative and Leadership Councils, as well as discuss issues of its own.
The Board will discuss the NCAA’s licensing and advertising policies, a conversation prompted by GoDaddy.com’s sponsorship of a postseason bowl. Some within the Division I membership found the web-domain company’s advertising to be in conflict with NCAA values. The issue will also be on the Executive Committee’s Saturday agenda.