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DI Board of Directors affirms DI Council decision to delay name, image and likeness, transfer decisions

Members release statement supporting the proposals

The Division I Board of Directors affirmed the Division I Council decision earlier this week delaying the adoption of new name, image and likeness rules and allowing student-athletes the chance to transfer and compete immediately, no matter what sport they play. The board met virtually Thursday as part of the 2021 NCAA Convention.

The board adopted a statement that also supported the NCAA Board of Governors’ resolution regarding name, image and likeness.

The statement reads, in part:

“Nothing about tabling the proposals should be interpreted as a retreat from the public positions and months of hard work to develop name, image and likeness opportunities for student-athletes in a manner that maintains the priorities of education and the collegiate experience, without compensation for athletics performance, thus maintaining the clear distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.”

Board chair Denise Trauth, president at Texas State, expressed disappointment in the temporary delay but indicated the board was committed to moving forward as soon as it could.

“These rule changes have strong support among the Division I membership, and we want to provide all college athletes with the chance to compete immediately after transfer and expanded opportunities to benefit from their names, images and likenesses,” Trauth said.

Board member Ethan Good, chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a former basketball student-athlete at Bowling Green, said student-athletes hope for a quick resolution and adoption of the proposals.

“The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is disappointed to see a delay in the voting of proposals related to name, image, likeness and transfer legislation. These proposals are essential in moving toward a modernized standard of collegiate athletics and have been supported largely by Division I conferences and student-athletes,” Good said. “We are encouraging all parties involved in the process of this vote to act swiftly in getting this legislation passed, as student-athletes are ready for this much-needed change.”

Infractions and enforcement

Board members also created a new, permanent committee to advise the board on noncase-specific infractions and enforcement processes. The board created the committee due to several factors, including a request from the Committee on Infractions and to facilitate meaningful engagement on infractions issues that are of high import to the membership. The board first began a review of the infractions process, including considering the creation of this committee, in August 2019. The review was delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Division I Council has expressed concerns related to infractions matters, which provided additional support for the creation of this standing committee.

The committee will advise the board on infractions matters and review key metrics and issues that are not case-specific. Both the Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee would continue to report to the full board. The board retains the authority to make any adjustments to the process.

The committee will be operational later this year.

Members also reviewed the work of the Division I Presidential Forum, which is studying ways to ensure the future sustainability of Division I.