BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 20, 2020) - Jake Gibbons, a member of the Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team; Jailyn Mason, a member of the Arkansas women's basketball team; and MoMo Sanogo, a member of the Ole Miss football team, will represent the Southeastern Conference on proposed governance rule changes under the NCAA's Division I autonomy process as part of the NCAA Convention.
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.
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.
Gibbons, who serves as chair of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will attend the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, Calif., and represent the Conference at a meeting of the NCAA Division I SAAC. He is a political science major and is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. A senior from Jacksonville, Fla., Gibbons has been one of the Aggies' top entries in the distance freestyle races. Gibbons, from Jacksonville, Fla., broke the Aggies' school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 2018 and he currently ranks in Texas A&M's all-time top 10 list in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle.
Mason is in her third year as a member of the SEC Women's Basketball Leadership Council and her second year as Co-Chair. The senior from Mason, Ohio, started 36 games for the Razorbacks last season and averages 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Mason is recovering from a season-ending injury she sustained during the offseason.
A native of Plano, Texas, Sanogo is in his second year as Ole Miss' representative on the SEC Football Leadership Council. He started all 12 games at linebacker during the 2018 season and led the Rebels with 112 total tackles before he sustained a season-ending injury early in the 2019 season. Sanogo is a banking and finance major and has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Gibbons, Mason and Sanogo were among six student-athletes who attended the SEC Spring Meetings last year in Destin, Fla., where they participated in meetings throughout the week and give institutional leaders feedback on the student-athlete experience while also providing input on proposed SEC and NCAA legislation.