CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – The annual Big South Conference Council of Chief Executive Officers meeting was held on Thursday-Friday, May 29-30 at The Marriott Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., in conjunction with the League’s annual Spring Meetings with Directors of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators and Faculty Athletics Representatives, as well as the Conference’s Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet.
The recent meeting of the Big South Conference Board of Administrators and Council of Chief Executive Officers focused on revamping the League’s overall strategic plan while continuing to emphasize basketball improvements. In addition, NCAA Managing Director of Academic and Membership Affairs David Schnase attended the meeting and discussed the impending changes to the NCAA’s governance structure and reform with the Conference membership. Meanwhile, for the first time, the men’s and women’s basketball coaches held their annual meeting as part of the Spring meetings, which included a joint session with the Directors of Athletics. The Conference’s leadership also discussed football practice models, basketball officiating and risk management.
The League members also approved the following policies and procedures that will take effect in 2014-15:
• The Conference will explore scheduling games on Tuesday and Friday during two weeks of the Conference season in 2014-15 only. This will allow the Conference to evaluate television opportunities and availability of top tier officials.
• With 11 men’s basketball programs, the Conference will play an unbalanced 18-game League schedule in 2014-15. The top five teams will receive a bye in the First Round of the 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Basketball Championship.
• Big South football members will provide video of first half targeting fouls within the first five minutes of halftime for the officials to review, with the specifics of the procedures forthcoming.
• Beginning with the 2016 football season, teams will be limited to a maximum of one (1) non-Division I game during seasons with an 11-game schedule limitation.
Outdoor Track & Field
• The dates of the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships have been moved to two weeks prior to the NCAA Regionals from the previous April date. In 2015, the Championship will be held May 14-16.
Big South Network
• The Conference will provide member institutions with upgrades in audio communications and graphics equipment for streaming events. In addition, increased minimum production standards for football, men’s and women’s basketball and Conference Championships were approved and shall be met no later than the 2017-18 academic year.
• A minimum of 60 exclusive broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks are tentatively scheduled for 2014-15.
• The Big South will send two female student-athletes to the annual NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium.
• Radford Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg was elected Chair of the Big South Council of Athletics Directors for 2014-16.
• Longwood Senior Woman Administrator Michelle Meadows was elected Chair of the Big South Council of Senior Woman Administrators for 2014-16.
• Gardner-Webb Faculty Athletics Representative Chris Davis was elected Chair of the Big South Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives for 2014-16.
In addition, Big South corporate partners presented $14,500 worth of scholarships at the Conference’s annual awards dinner, including:
• State Farm Community Service Scholarship - $2,500 to Liberty’s Hannah Scherlacher
• Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship - $4,000 to Coastal Carolina’s Meghan Laffin; $2,000 to Charleston Southern’s Alexandria English and $2,000 to Coastal Carolina’s Reggie Nelson
• Bob McCloskey Graduate Fellowship - $2,000 to Liberty’s Becca Haraf and $2,000 to Coastal Carolina’s Cameron Griggs