NCAA Gives More Power To Power Five ConferencesRohan Nadkarni8/07/14 3:30pmFiled to: NCAA631EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe NCAA's cartel got a little more streamlined and powerful today, as the Division I board of directors voted to allow the 65 schools in the five richest conferences to make some of their own rules regarding stipends, insurance benefits, coaching staff sizes and more. Advertisement(If you want to know what could actually change, the New York Times has good explanations of the 11 new areas of autonomy.)On a basic level, this makes sense. The biggest schools in the country should not operate on the same plane as a low-level MAC school. The $2,000-per-player stipend that was shot down a couple years because small schools couldn't afford it could now become a reality. However, the "Power Five" conferences have done very little to earn our trust. Athletic Directors like Texas's Steve Patterson or commissioners like the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby still seem to have no grasp on what the real problems in the NCAA are. In the Ed O'Bannon trial, the NCAA even admitted to being a cartel, albeit one that "does good things."