BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Brady Bramlett, a former member of the Ole Miss baseball team; Marqu'es Webb, a member of the Vanderbilt women's basketball team; and Antoine Marc, a former member of the Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team, will represent the Southeastern Conference on proposed governance rule changes under the NCAA's Division I autonomy process at the NCAA Convention in Nashville next week.
The three student-athletes will represent the SEC as part of the Autonomy Conferences' (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) efforts to engage and empower student-athletes by giving them both a voice and vote within a transparent decision-making process.
"Engaging student-athletes in the NCAA governance structure is central to the autonomy process and we are well-represented by these three SEC student-athletes," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "In the SEC, we have been purposeful in engaging our student-athletes in key conversations related to issues they view important to their lives as students and athletes. At the NCAA Convention, these three students will have their voices heard and will contribute to important decisions in a forum with athletics administrators and other intercollegiate athletics leaders."
The autonomy governance model grants flexibility to schools in the Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac 12 and Southeastern conferences to change specified rules within Division I. The legislative process for these 65 schools includes three student-athlete representatives from each conference who will vote on rule changes. Voting on autonomy issues includes 15 total student-athletes (three from each of the Autonomy Conferences) who, collectively, will cast votes in greater number than four of the five Autonomy Conferences.
Bramlett, from Bartlett, Tenn., was a starting pitcher for Ole Miss for two seasons before choosing to end his baseball career despite being drafted in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. Bramlett is pursuing a master's degree in integrated marketing communications and is focused on pursuing a career in college athletics administration.
Bramlett represents the SEC and also serves as the Co-Chair of the NCAA Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as a student-athlete representative on the Division I Board of Directors. He is a past representative on the NCAA Strategic Vision and Planning Committee, a subcommittee of the NCAA Division I Council, and formerly served on the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.
Webb, a senior from Montgomery, Ala., has been on the Dean's List at Vanderbilt and is a two-time recipient of the Women's Basketball Most Improved Academic Award. On the court, she is a four-year starter for the Commodores and currently ranks among the SEC's Top-10 in career rebounds, having recently secured the 500th rebound of her career. Webb was a Second Team All-SEC preseason pick this year.
Webb, who majors in Sociology with a minor in Corporate Strategy, is chair of the SEC Women's Basketball Leadership Council. She has also been active in the community, joining her teammates in serving at Luke 14:12 (which benefits Nashville's homeless) and helping collect water and supplies for both the South Carolina and Louisiana donation drives hosted by Vanderbilt Athletics when natural disasters struck those states.
Marc, a former walk-on from Houston, Texas, completed his college swimming career as a seven-time member of the Texas A&M Athletics Honor Roll and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He finished his career ranked on the Aggies' all-time Top 10 list in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley.
Marc was one of two SEC student-athlete representatives at the NCAA Autonomy Legislative Forum in Dallas last April and he serves on the SEC's Working Group on Compliance, Enforcement and Governance. He was a member of the 2016 SEC Community Service team, the Texas A&M Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, the University Honors Program, the 2014 Dean's Honor Roll and was the 2013 Distinguished Student for the College of Science. Marc was Texas A&M's nominee in 2016 for the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The NCAA Convention in Nashville will be the second for Bramlett to serve as an SEC student-athlete voting member and the first for Webb and Marc.