Powell named to NCAA committee

Powell named to NCAA committee John Powell, professor of business at The University of South Dakota, was recently appointed to the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee. His term will continue through September, 2004. The Legislation Committee consists of 11 members from Division II schools across the country.

According to Powell, the Legislation Committee deals with issues such as eligibility, maintaining grade point averages, out-of-season practice time, and recruiting visits.

"There is a big push to deregulate," said Powell. "Limiting the number of off-season hours spent on a sport is also a large issue."

Powell has previously been USD's Faculty Athletics Representative Association (FARA) member for the NCAA, and has been on the executive committee of FARA and for the past two years. He is also the FARA

representative for the North Central Athletic Conference. Each school that is a member of the NCAA must have a FARA representative. In January of 2002 he was elected vice president for Division II of FARA and will serve a one-year term.

"It speaks well for USD and the North Central Conference to have representation on the NCAA national committees," said Powell. "When I go to our national meetings I hear comments and realize that our conference is viewed as one of the top in the country for competitiveness."

One of the most rewarding aspects of Powell's association with the NCAA is working with student-athletes, especially helping them apply for graduate scholarships.

The NCAA awards 174 post-graduate scholarships. In the past two years USD has had four students awarded scholarships of $5,000 each, with Powell's help in the application process.

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