Tuesday, February 24, 2015
In January, the eighty schools of the "Power 5" FBS football conferences voted 79-1 to allow its members to offer additional money above the cost of a scholarship - up to the "full cost of attendance" of the school.
It's been legislation that the "Power 5" schools have wanted to enact for years, surviving an embarrassing legislative loss when the rest of the NCAA's membership voted in 2011 against the original proposal crafted by NCAA president Mark Emmert and many members of the Power 5 leadership.
It led to the Power 5 asking for autonomy over the rest of the NCAA's membership to all them to enact their own legislation for themselves, without a vote by the rest of the membership.
Now, as the Power 5 wanted all along, FCOA is here.
Sadly, it's still every bit as complicated - and unbalancing - as the many critics of FCOA feared. And at the FCS level, it seems like the strategy is to simply hope and pray that nobody decides to implement it for their own athletic departments.