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Vote Tally For Failed Third Coach Legislation Revealed


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Over the past few weeks, no topic has stirred up and captured the attention of everyone in college baseball quite like the proposal that would’ve given institutions the ability to add a third paid, full-time assistant in baseball and softball.

The vote on the legislation failed, 36-25-3, and was held two weeks ago. However, the NCAA, today, released the Division I Council Report, which details how each league voted at the meeting.

As expected, there are a few surprises to report:

• The American Athletic Conference coaches and some administrators were under the impression the league was an obvious ‘YES’ for the proposal when I spoke with several sources two weeks ago. However, the league voted ‘NO’ at the D1 Council meeting with Cincinnati’s Maggie McKinley casting the deciding vote. Losing the American was tough considering it was worth two votes.

• The Big East Conference and West Coast Conference were both thought to be ‘YES’ votes. Several coaches and administrators out of the WCC considered the league to be an absolute ‘YES’, while the Big East seemed to be in the boat as well. The WCC’s vote was cast by Santa Clara athletic director Renee Baumgartner.

• The Big Ten, as expected, voted ‘NO’ on the proposal, but what’s interesting is the league actually had eight votes against the legislation. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney also had four votes as ‘FBS Autonomy Commissioner’, along with the league’s four votes, all for ‘NO’. Losing the Big Ten on this proposal clearly was a killer for the legislation, especially with leagues around the Big Ten like the Mid-American Conference and Ohio Valley Conference following suit with ‘NO’ votes. It’s worth mentioning the Missouri Valley and Horizon Leagues were both ‘YES’ votes.

• In a bit of a surprise, some Southern conferences also voted against the proposal, namely the Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Conference, Big South Conference, MEAC and SWAC. I was told by a good source last week the MEAC and SWAC were going to be difficult to get ‘YES’ votes out of because of their financial situations, while the OVC, SoCon and Big South all going ‘NO’ is surprising. Losing the MAC and Big South is particularly disappointing for the American Baseball Coaches Association, which has strong ties to both conferences.

• As much we didn’t expect the Pac 12 to come through leading up to the vote, the league was all onboard with the third coach proposal. The Western Athletic Conference also voted yes, while the Big West, where baseball is the most important sport, voted ‘NO’, along with the WCC. The WCC vote is most perplexing, as we discussed above.


YES: 25

NO: 36



ACC (4)

Atlantic Sun (1)

Big Sky (1)

Colonial (1)

Conference USA (2)

Horizon (1)

Missouri Valley (1)

Pac 12 (4)

SEC (4)

Southland (1)

Sun Belt (2)

WAC (1)

SAAC (2)


America East (1)

American (2)

Atlantic 10 (1)

Big 12 (4)

Big East (1)

Big South (1)

Big Ten (4)

Big West (1)

Ivy League (1)

Metro Atlantic (1)

Mid-American (2)

Mid-Eastern Athletic (1)

Mountain West (2)

Northeast (1)

Ohio Valley (1)

Patriot (1)

Southern (1)

SWAC (1)

Summit (1)

West Coast (1)

FACULTY – Texas Tech’s Brian Shannon (1)

Metro Atlantic Commissioner Richard Ensor (1)

FACULTY – Jacksonville’s Kim Capriotti (1)

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney (4)


Mid-American Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher (2)

Missouri Valley’s Patty Viverito (1)

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