It appears big changes should be coming to college hoops.
Amidst a corruption scandal that has rocked the sport, the Commission on College Basketball has demanded the NCAA clean up its sport by strongly recommending a vast overhaul of current rules to deter cheating.
According to ESPN, included in the 60-page document that dropped Wednesday are recommendations that the one-and-done rule should be eliminated, players should be allowed to go back to school if they decide to test the NBA waters and go undrafted and coaches found guilty of cheating would be banned for life. The committee also doesn’t believe college players should be compensated monetarily for play.
The independent committee, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was created in the Fall in response to the FBI’s probe into an alleged pay-for-play scheme. The investigation has resulted in 10 individuals, including school officials, assistant coaches and Adidas executives facing federal charges. Top-tier programs including Arizona, Louisville and Kansas are among the schools tied to the scandal.
The decision of Darius Bazley to de-commit from Syracuse in order to play for the G League has put the one-and-done rule under intense scrutiny recently, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the earliest we could see players make the direct jump from high school to the pros is 2020.
The NBA and NBPA conversations on eliminating the one-and-done draft rule — which would allow high school seniors to enter the NBA — are centered on the 2020 Draft as the earliest possible date for change, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 25, 2018
Keep in mind, these are only recommendations and the NCAA has no obligation to follow through with these modifications – leaving many to wonder if we’ll see any changes at all.
I don’t know why anyone thought this Commission was going to come up with revolutionary changes to college basketball. The solutions are obvious, but greed is an unbelievably big obstacle
— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 25, 2018
Here’s more from ESPN:
The commission offered harsh assessments of toothless NCAA enforcement, as well as the shady summer basketball circuit that includes AAU leagues and brings together agents, apparel companies and coaches looking to profit on teenage prodigies. It called the environment surrounding college basketball “a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat,” and said that responsibility for the current mess goes all the way up to university presidents.
The group recommended the NCAA have more involvement with players before they get to college and less involvement with enforcement. It also acknowledged that the NCAA will need help to make some changes and defended its amateurism model, saying that paying players a salary isn’t the answer.
“The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league,” the commission wrote in its report.
Rice is scheduled to present the task force’s findings to the NCAA’s Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, NCAA president, Mark Emmert has said he wants to implement changes by August – which seems like an aggressive timeline given that the NBA, its players’ union and USA Basketball would have to sign off on some of the key components of the report.