ORLANDO, FL (WLBT) - Khristian Carr will represent the Mississippi State volleyball program as one of three Southeastern Conference student-athlete representatives who will have a voice on proposed rule changes under the NCAA’s Division I autonomy process at the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, on Jan. 23-26.
Carr is the second student-athlete from MSU to attend the convention. She joins former student-athlete Jay Hughes who represented the SEC in 2016.
Carr, alongside Blake Ferguson from LSU and Haley Lorenzen from Florida, 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.
“I am both honored and grateful to represent Mississippi State University and the SEC in the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida,” Carr said. “I get the chance to represent all student-athletes, and to me, that is what this opportunity is all about. While in Orlando, I get to learn more about the inter-workings of legislation and what being a member of SEC SAAC and MSU SAAC is all about. Thank you to Mississippi State University, the SEC, and the NCAA for providing this opportunity.”
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.
Carr, Ferguson and Lorenzen will vote on a total of 11 NCAA Autonomy proposals leading up to and during the NCAA Convention.
Carr, a native of Starkville, ended her senior season in the maroon and white appearing in 26 matches with seven starts. Her 147 kills were the fourth most on the team. During her tenure at Mississippi State, Carr was named to the 2016 and 2018 SEC Community Service Team while also serving on the MSU SAAC board from 2017-2019. Carr will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in communications with a concentration in broadcasting.