The NCAA has approved Power Five autonomy. Now what does that mean?

By a 16-2 vote, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved Thursday the much discussed plan to provide college athletics' richest conferences - the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC - a new governance structure that will allow them to right their own rules. 

This is how the new voting model will work:


Key takeaways here: it now only takes one conference to sponsor a piece of legislation, rather than three. And, as you see above, legislation passes with 60 percent of the popular vote and a simple majority from three of the five conferences, or a 51 percent of the popular vote and a simple majority from four of the five conferences.

While what exactly the Power Five will vote is on just another step in the process, we have a good idea of what it will and will not consist of. Expect issues like cost-of-attendance scholarships, larger medical coverage, guaranteed scholarships upon returning to school, and other benefits such as greater permission to fly players' parents to and from bowl games. This is all stuff that Power Five schools have campaigned to do for a while now. What is not on the able are any rules that would have an immediate effect on the way games are played. For instance, the Power Five will not have a different targeting rule, or the ability to provide 95 scholarships. That stuff remains inside the NCAA's big tent. The NCAA has a flow chart of where this all goes from here.

The other important thing to note from today - while the Power Five has the exclusive benefit to write its own rules, they are not the only schools that can choose to play by them. When cost-of-attendance scholarships get approved, they'll be approved for all of Division I. The American has been vocal about its plans to provide any new benefit the Power Five can offer, so there's nothing stopping them from adding the estimated $2,000-$5,000 per scholarship covering cost-of-attendance when the rule gets passed if they so choose. The difference is there's nothing requiring it, either.

For those who desire more in-depth reading, I'd suggest Jon Solomon's Q&A for CBS Sports.

Video: Ohio State's Circle Drill looks fun

Urban Meyer cranked the intensity up at Thursday's practice with the Buckeyes' first Circle Drill of the season.

Thumbs up to the cameraman who immersed himself in the action, thereby giving us all this gold.

Thumbs down to the coach who risks losing a hand in an effort to go all Mortal Kombat between the combatants.

Cal DC Art Kaufman explains his defensive install progression

You may not realize it, but Art Kaufman's defensive at Cincinnati last year quietly ranked in the top ten nationally in total defense (#9), and top top 15 nationally in scoring defense (#14). During the course of the seasoned defensive coach's carrer, Kaufman has led the charge of some intimidating defenses at Ole Miss, East Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas Tech (among other stops). 

After practice yesterday, Kaufman was asked how players have adapted to his scheme in his first year on campus and he shared some insight into how he goes about installing his defense.

"We've got to know WHAT we're doing, and then we've got to learn HOW to do it." Kaufman explained, noting that getting the basics in during spring ball helped a lot, and the players retained a lot of that knowledge over the summer.

"If we know what we're doing and can write it down and talk through it and get lined up, then we can progress into how we do it...and that's the key. But if you don't know what you're doing, then you can't work on how to do the rest of it better."

"That's the whole key for us. Know WHAT to do, then learn HOW to do it. So now when we're ten days out from out first opponent, we've got that stuff there and we're still learning a little bit of how to do it but we're focused now on the opponent so we can study our opponents."

Watch Frank Beamer take the ice bucket challenge like a champ

Last month the Chillin for Charity challenge took social media by storm, calling out numerous coaches (the majority of which were basketball coaches), and athletic directors. The stunt not only brought an enormous amount of attention to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, but it also served as a great platform to for one athletic director to directly challenge another to a home-and-home series.

By now you've probably seen your Facebook or Twitter feed littered with people responding the the Ice Bucket Challenge. While it's basically the same thing as Chillin for Charity, its aim is raising awareness for ALS.

That was enough to get Frank Beamer on board with the challenge, and he calls out another member of the coaching fraternity (and VT alum) in the NFL ranks.

I really hope that this the only time this season that we see that look of sheer terror that Beamer has on his face as that ice cold water comes down on him.

Food trucks: Coming to a campus near you

Here's a scene that will soon pop up more frequently on college campuses across America:


Texas Tech is the first Big 12 institution to provide a food truck on campus, and it looks like Oklahoma will soon be the second. But while Texas Tech provides its food trucks in an effort to meet the needs of its student body, Oklahoma's food truck will be to capitalize on a new rule that went into effect August 1 allowing athletics departments to feed their athletes unlimited meals and snacks around the clock. 

"We don't have facilities in all the places they would need to be, so the idea is to have a mobile fueling station and perhaps some additional trailers that have refrigeration capabilities that can operate as a prep kitchen of sorts," Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione told ESPN.

Filling the empty stomachs of hungry athletes comes at a not insignificant cost. Castiglione estimates OU will spend $1 million this academic year, and that figure will likely rise as schools begin the never-ending game of upping the ante on one another, as we've all seen them do in recruiting, staff salaries and in building new facilities.

"I realize the idea was to give institutions the flexibility to do what they want within their means," Castiglione said. "But it's now so flexible that schools can provide full meals to athletes at any time and there will be some schools that will undoubtedly push that envelope. The next thing people will be doing is a comparative analysis for recruiting as to what schools offer more."

Oklahoma's food truck idea is a creative idea to cut costs, but it creates a potentially awkward scenario for those students not blessed with an athletic scholarship. 

Can you imagine being an unassuming freshman, one that does not keep up with NCAA jurisprudence, seeing your fellow classmates get free bagels and Gatorade rained down upon them.

"Um, yes. I'd like an Arctic Blast Gatorade, please."

"Sorry, Jimmy, we've seen you work out. You can't bench press a notecard. Run along now."

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