The NCAA board of directors on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a sweeping package plan that will give the five biggest conferences the ability to create some of their own rules.
If the legislation approved withstands an override attempt, the five wealthiest Division I conferences could start exercising their new autonomy as early as October 1st.
The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 will have the ability to implement some rules on their own, though probably not policies on rules violations. But a stipend for athletes that goes beyond currently allowed limits of tuition, room and board and books and fees seems likely.
Commissioners and school leaders from the power conferences have until October 1st to create a wish list of issues they want to handle on their own.