The commissioner of the American Athletic Conference says his schools are committed to matching the power conferences when it comes to providing stipends to athletes.

NCAA President Mark Emmert and others have pushed for a stipend to help athletes defray some of their expenses that are not covered by scholarships.

A big question has been whether the biggest conferences should be given autonomy to do that, without mandating it for smaller conferences that might not be able to afford it.

Aresco, who spoke before Saturday's basketball game between Memphis and UConn, says the American is committed to provide a full cost of attendance stipend if that is what is eventually approved.

A steering committee overseeing the process is expected to have a plan for NCAA members to vote on this summer.