Emmert: Stipend 'less threatening' to NCAA members

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- NCAA President Mark Emmert says providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.

Emmert spoke at the American Football Coaches Association luncheon Monday. The NCAA convention meets later in the week in San Diego. Members plan to discuss changes in the way legislation is passed, including giving the five most powerful conferences the ability to create their own rules.

At the top of the list for the wealthiest conferences is freedom to provide a stipend to all athletes. Emmert told reporters: "It seems to be a much less controversial notion today than it was 18 months ago."