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NCAA endorses more power for big schools

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) 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 approved later this year, schools in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC could implement some rules on their own and would get more voting power over legislation that would affect every NCAA member school.

A formal vote on the recommendations is tentatively scheduled for the board's August meeting, and if it passes then, the transition could begin this fall.

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1 Florida36-3
2 Wichita State35-1
3 Virginia30-7
4 Arizona33-5
5 Louisville31-6
6 Villanova29-5
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9 Iowa State28-8
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2 Kentucky29-11
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4 Wisconsin30-8
5 Arizona33-5
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1 Florida36-3
2 Arizona33-5
3 Kansas25-10
4 Wichita State35-1
5 Villanova29-5
6 Wisconsin30-8
7 Iowa State28-8
8 Virginia30-7
9 Duke26-9
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