SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of Division I administrators, commissioners and other officials attending the NCAA convention support the concept of autonomy for the nation's five most powerful conferences on issues that could include giving athletes a stipend toward the full cost of attending college.
The straw vote Friday was part of a larger, two-day discussion about a new governance structure for the NCAA.
The conferences that could be granted autonomy are the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and Big 12.
Proposed stipends would go for expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees.
NCAA President Mark Emmert calls the suggested overall changes to the governance structure a "winnowing process" that still has a ways to go.
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