The Big 12 Conference has outlined the initial concepts it submitted for the Autonomy Session at the 2016 NCAA Convention. Again this year, concepts center on student-athlete welfare matters and include time demands, health and safety, representation and financial issues.
The Big 12 concepts are as follows:
- To ensure that medical personnel have independent authority to make medical decisions in the best interest of student-athletes.
- To permit an additional volunteer diving coach for institutions that sponsor only men’s or women’s swimming and diving.
- To permit a baseball prospective student-athlete who is drafted by a pro baseball team prior to enrolling at a collegiate institution to have representation during the contract negotiation process.
- To permit institutions to pay for or rebate pre-enrollment fees for prospective student-athletes after they are admitted.
- To establish a Health and Wellness Committee that focuses on student-athlete health and wellness issues.
- To permit institutions to provide meals, lodging and entertainment for up to four family members accompanying a prospective student-athlete on an official visit.
“This is just another step in the process of improving college athletics,” noted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We must continue to work hard the give our student-athletes the best possible experience.”