Board of Directors

NCAA grants power conferences autonomy

The NCAA approved an historic change on Thursday to allow the 65 schools in the five power conferences to write many of their own rules.

The 16-2 vote by the Division I Board of Directors took place at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The autonomy measures ruling is subject to a 60-day veto period before the new structure is official.

The NCAA Board made one significant change to the proposal introduced last month. For legislation to be considered, only one of the five conferences is required to submit it -- not three.

“I am immensely proud of the work done by the membership,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “The new governance model represents...