The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes.
If you put much stock in basketball recruiting rankings, the rich continue to get richer in the Big 12 and Southeastern conferences. Kansas features two players in the top six of Rivals final top 150 rankings for the class of 2014, which were released on Thursday morning. Kentucky has four players in the top 30. Defending SEC champ Florida boasts three signees in the top 50.
Federal tax returns for the Big 12 and SEC shows why it pays to be belong to a major conference. Big 12 revenue totaled $214.8 million in 2012-13. The SEC totaled $314.5 million.
Missouri juniors Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson won’t watch any basketball this weekend after the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament dreams likely were dashed Friday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with a SEC quarterfinal loss to No. 1 Florida. “I’m tired hearing about this ‘first team out’ and all that stuff. It’s annoying. We’ll just see when it comes,” said Brown.