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NCAA board votes to allow Power 5 autonomy, top 65 to make own rules Published: August 7, 2014

The power conferences in major college sports just got a little more powerful.

The NCAA's board of directors voted 16-2 Thursday to allow schools in the top five conferences to write several of their own rules.

The autonomy allowed to the top 65 schools in the richest five leagues (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12) will permit them to decide on things such as cost-of-attendance stipends and insurance benefits for players, staff sizes, recruiting rules and mandatory hours spent on individual sports.

The legislation can be bounced back within the next 60 days if 75 schools from outside the power conferences vote to override it.

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