Pac-12 approves sweeping changes on scholarships, health care and more

The Pac-12 made landmark reforms today that include guaranteed four-year scholarships and health care coverage after graduation.

ESPN breaks it down:

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said that figure likely will range between $2,000 and $5,000 per athlete depending on the university. The 65 institutions in the five major football conferences — granted autonomy by the NCAA earlier this year — and 15 representative athletes will vote on the issue at the group’s inaugural meeting in January……

Starting in 2016-17, if an athlete leaves an institution in good standing and has completed at least 50 percent of their degree, they can “return and receive necessary educational expenses for the remaining terms of the agreement.”

Medical expenses for athletes injured during their college careers will be covered up to four years after they leave school under a rule that goes into effect in 2015-16. Athletes who transfer between Pac-12 universities will be able to receive athletic scholarships immediately “without restriction.”

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