The ACC announced Monday that it had submitted three legislative proposals to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process.
The proposals, as approved by the ACC’s Council of Presidents, focus on cost of attendance, loss-of-value insurance and scholarship renewal. The ACC said it will work with the NCAA to finalize legislative language in anticipation of the January NCAA convention.
“These three proposals create a pathway to additional benefits for student-athletes, which continues to be the top-priority,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
• The cost of attendance proposal will permit an institution to provide an athletics scholarship to any student-athlete up to their cost of attendance at the institution.
The cost of attendance figure shall be determined using federal regulations and in a manner consistent with institutional policies for the establishment of the value for all students.
• This loss-of-value insurance proposal is intended to permit a student-athlete to borrow against his or her future earnings potential to obtain loss-of-value insurance.
The proposal will make the treatment of loss-of-value insurance consistent with that of disability insurance. The effective date would be immediate.
• Scholarship renewal proposal precludes an institution from not renewing a student-athlete’s athletic scholarship for athletics performance or injury reasons, even after the period of the award. The effective date would be Aug. 1, 2015.
Around the nation
Alabama-Birmingham: Scores of students, alumni and athletes marched to the administration building and rallied for hours in response to reports that officials will shut down the football program.
Chanting “We want football” and “We are UAB, We are Birmingham,” demonstrators demanded school President Ray Watts come outside to discuss the future of the program, which earned a possible bowl appearance with a win Saturday.
Baylor: Quarterback Bryce Petty plans to play Saturday night with another Big 12 title on the line, even while still experiencing some concussion-related symptoms. Petty was knocked out of the fifth-ranked Bears’ 48-46 win against Texas Tech with what the team called a mild concussion.
Broyles Award: Offensive coordinators Lane Kiffin of top-ranked Alabama and Scott Frost of third-ranked Oregon are among the five finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach. Other finalists are Tom Herman of Ohio State, Doug Meacham of Texas Christian and Missouri’s Dave Steckel.
Buffalo: Lance Leipold was introduced as coach. Leipold, who led Wisconsin-Whitewater to five Division III national championships, succeeds Jeff Quinn, who was fired last month after four-plus seasons.
Florida: A week after starting its coaching search to replace Will Muschamp, Florida already is denying reports. The Gators released a statement refuting reports that athletics director Jeremy Foley has offered the job to anyone.
SB Nation reported Sunday that Mississippi coach Huge Freeze was mulling an offer to become Florida’s next coach. Yahoo.com reported Sunday that Colorado State coach Jim McElwain was a leading candidate for the job. And then FootballScoop.com reported Monday that the Gators are vetting former Denver Broncos coach and current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for the job.
Southern Methodist: Chad Morris, Clemson’s offensive coordinator the past four seasons and a Dallas native, was introduced as the Mustangs’ coach.
Tulsa: The school fired coach Bill Blankenship, three days after the Golden Hurricane wrapped up a second consecutive losing season. Tulsa finished 2-10 and 3-9 last season after being a preseason favorite to win the Conference USA title.