Power 5 moves closer to autonomy

John F. Silver

The Power 5 Conference have cleared another hurdle to having their own way.

The NCAA’s steering committee drafted a restructuring plan for college athletics that gives the Power 5 autonomy to make decisions on enhancing student-athletes’ benefits.

The board endorsed the restructuring process, which is aimed at allowing the division to be more nimble, streamlined and responsive to needs – particularly the needs of student-athletes – during its meeting Thursday in Indianapolis. The Steering Committee on Governance, made up of university presidents, drafted the restructuring plan.

“The model we sent to the membership today is not a final product,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, chair of the board and the steering committee. “Some aspects of the model remain under discussion, and we hope the membership will provide us further input.”

Here’s the full release from the NCAA.

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Samuelson has “great” official visit to UConn

By Carl Adamec

At some point during her official visit to the University of Connecticut last weekend, there had to be a discussion between recruit Katie Lou Samuelson and her host, Huskies’ junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, about shooting the basketball.

The two not only a share a Mater Dei High connection, but they are the best 3-point shooters in the country at their respective levels.
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Notebook: Dolson to meet Fallon on Tonight Show

By Carl Adamec

Two nights after the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its first national championship in 1995, Rebecca Lobo appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Two weeks and a day after the Huskies’ ninth title, Stefanie Dolson is on her way to New York. She will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday. The show airs beginning at 11:35 p.m. EDT.
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USA Basketball invites 39 to U-17 trials

By Carl Adamec

All 12 members of the gold-medal winning 2013 USA Basketball U-16 national team have accepted invitations to attend the trials for the United States U-17 squad that will participate in the FIBA world championships this summer.

Trials will be held May 22-26 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
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Family atmosphere at UConn won over Collier

By Carl Adamec

Napheesa Collier joked that the hug she got from coach Geno Auriemma Sunday would be the last she’d get in her career with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

But then Collier recalled the embrace between Auriemma and Huskies’ senior guard Bria Hartley with a minute to go in UConn’s national championship game victory over Notre Dame on April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

“That was such a sweet moment,” Collier said. “It shows how much his players mean to him and how much he means to his players when you see that kind of reaction.”
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Collier commits to UConn

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has its first recruit from the Class of 2015.

Napheesa Collier, a 6-foot-1 junior forward from St. Louis, Mo., gave an oral commitment to coach Geno Auriemma and the Huskies Sunday. She chose UConn over Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Notre Dame after taking an official visit to Storrs this weekend.
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Recruit Durr considering her options

By Carl Adamec

The recruiting process for Asia Durr is still very much a work in progress.

Durr — a 5-foot-10 junior guard from Douglasville, Ga., and the top recruit in the Class of 2015 — is working on coming up with a final list of five schools she will consider. Her father, Terry, has said one of her official visits would be to UConn. She has not yet scheduled any visits.
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