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SEC ponders potential move to ’Division IV’

Sat., May 31, 2014

The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they’ll form their own division. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said if the Big Five conferences, which also includes the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, don’t get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to “Division IV.” “It’s not something we want to do,” Slive said on the final day of the SEC meetings in Destin, Florida. Moving to Division IV would keep the Big Five under the NCAA umbrella while granting college football’s biggest money makers the kind of power to better take care of student-athletes. The SEC, for example, would like to provide long-term medical coverage to athletes, among other things. – AP

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