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Swofford confident autonomy proposal will pass

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says he's confident the NCAA will pass a proposal that will allow the five power conferences to make some of their own rules.

Speaking Sunday on the first day of his league's two-day media event, Swofford said he "will be surprised if it doesn't pass."

He says it "largely gives the power five conferences what we have been asking for" and will keep those schools "under what we call the big tent of the NCAA."

Under the proposal, the five power conferences — the ACC, Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 — would have autonomy to make their own bylaws.

The NCAA's board of directors will vote Aug. 7.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive made similar comments last week about the proposal.