Glenn Guilbeau / Gannett Louisiana
BATON ROUGE LSU football coach Les Miles spoke in approval of the new autonomy for the five super conferences shortly before the NCAA on Thursday voted for such a plan by a 16-2 margin at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
'To me, I think it's a quality decision to allow like teams to be governed by like rules,' Miles said after practice just minutes before the vote. The new governance structure still has to pass a 60-day veto period.
The Big 5 are the Southeastern Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the Pac-12.
'I think the five major conferences should have some say,' said Miles, who played in the Big Ten at Michigan in the 1970s and coached there as an assistant in the 1980s and '90s. 'I recognize the premises by which it was always done. In a football job over time, you realize that the NCAA was governing a wide group of schools. It's very difficult for them to come up with rules that really fit everybody.'
The new structure if it gets through the veto period will allow schools in the five conferences to provide more benefits for student-athletes such as payments toward the full cost of attending college in addition to scholarships. The five will next write an agenda for the next NCAA convention in January.
'I think it's imperative,' Miles said. 'I think there's an inequity issue. I think it's fair and safe to say that those five conferences have advantages.'