The following was distributed to several news outlets, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. This ran in the newspaper's Oct. 27, 2011, edition. SMU President R. Gerald Turner contributed expertise for this story.
November 4, 2011
By Sports Network
The Sports Network
The NCAA approved a number of proposals Thursday that will provide increased financial support for scholarship student-athletes and tougher academic standards.
One of the approved financial support proposals gives athletes the possibility of receiving an additional $2,000, while the approved proposals for academic standards apply to current, transfer and prospective student-athletes.
All of the proposals approved by the Division I Board of Directors came amid a concerted effort to make reforms happen quickly.
"These changes demonstrate a remarkable resolve by presidents," said NCAA president Mark Emmert. "They represent a return to and a focus on values that are at the core of what intercollegiate athletics are all about. They also represent a clear signal to the world about what we care about and what we stand for."...
"We commend the NCAA for taking meaningful steps toward college sports reform today," said R. Gerald Turner, co-chairman of the Knight Commission on college athletics and president of Southern Methodist University. "We are pleased to see proposals the commission has championed for many years be embraced as policies to realign college sports with its values."
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