August 10, 2018



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What do the new college basketball rules mean for recruits and student-athletes?

Change in college basketball and the governance structure within the NCAA was going to occur.

Anyone who thought otherwise wasn’t paying attention when the FBI announced its findings from an investigation into the sport last fall, or when the Dr. Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball issued its report last April.

The status quo wasn’t going to stand.

But, like in any massive membership-led organization where no two parties have the exact same interest, change isn’t going to happen overnight or occur without debate and disagreement.

And not all of the change will happen immediately. The likeness issue that still hovers over the membership is unsolved, but is being debated and will continue to be a topic of conversation.

No decision has been made either way. Voices are being heard. Patience is needed.

But what the NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors did this week after exhaustive work from subcommittees over the past three months is another step toward more freedom and benefits. Continue reading by Andy Katz

The NCAA announced significant changes to its rules on college basketball recruiting and player eligibility on Wednesday, including a scenario in which USA Basketball could eventually determine what “elite” high school players would be allowed to enter into formal agreements with agents in an effort to better explore turning professional while not losing college eligibility.

However, according to an ESPN report, officials from USA Basketball were “blindsided” by the NCAA’s release on Wednesday.

Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president of of men’s basketball, said USA Basketball and the NBA were involved early on with the NCAA as the parties worked through the process. Continue reading by 

Following through on many of the Rice Commission recommendations, the NCAA announced sweeping changes to college basketball’s recruiting guidelines on Wednesday.

The summer recruiting calendar is changing to, in the words of the NCAA, reduce outside influences. The shoe companies can continue to hold tournaments all summer, but college coaches won’t be allowed to attend the majority of them.

That rule change comes in response to the ongoing FBI investigation of corruption in college basketball that was made public last September.

Led by Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state and Stanford provost, the commission spent the past seven months developing solutions to address the myriad problems in college basketball, which has been in a crisis since the FBI case was made public. Continue reading by  STEVE WISEMAN AND LUKE DECOCK

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