Commission on College Basketball recommends changes to college basketball

04/25/2018 09:57 AM

A commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has delivered significant recommendations to the NCAA, following an FBI investigation that resulted in the arrests of multiple people connected to college basketball.

The recommendations include eliminating the league’s so-called one-and-done rule, which prevents college players from signing with the NBA until they are at least 19 years old. The rule has resulted in players playing college basketball for one year and then declaring for the draft. The list of recommendations also includes the creation of a vice presidential position meant to oversee the certification of agents — a key concern throughout the FBI’s investigation.

Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, released the following statement after the commission’s recommendations were announced:

“The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball. The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission’s recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps.”

Full list of recommendations:

Work with the NBA to lift the league’s so-called one-and-done rule that requires players be at least 19 years old and a year removed from high school to be draft eligible.

Allow players to enter the draft out of high school or after any college season, and to return to their school if they go undrafted.

Create degree completion programs, with the NCAA paying for players to finish their degree if they complete at least two years of college.

Create a vice presidential level position in the NCAA to oversee a program for certifying agents.

Allow and encourage access to certified agents to high school and college players to help athletes and their families make more informed choices about professional opportunities.

Create independent investigative and adjudicative body to address and resolve complex and serious cases involving NCAA violations.

Impose stiffer penalties for serious rules violations to deter future rule-breakers, including: Increased competition penalties for Level I violations to allow a five-year post-season ban; increased financial penalties for Level I violations to allow loss of all revenue sharing in postseason play for the entire period of the ban; increased penalties for a show-cause order to allow lifetime bans; increased penalties for head coach restrictions to allow bans of more than one season; increased penalties for recruiting visit violations to allow full-year visit bans.

Schools that employ a coach and administrator under a show-cause order from a previous school would be at risk to receive the harshest penalties if NCAA violations occur under that coach or administrator.

Through their contracts, require coaches and athletic directors to comply with NCAA investigations.

Require coaches, athletic directors and university presidents to certify annually they have conducted due diligence and their athletic programs comply with NCAA rules.

Adopt and enforce rigorous criteria for so-called non-scholastic basketball, such as summer recruiting events and AAU leagues. Event owners, sponsors and coaches must agree to financial transparency.

Ban college coaches from non-certified non-scholastic basketball events.

Work with USA basketball and the NBA to create NCAA-run recruiting events in the summer.

Work with USA Basketball and the NBA to evaluate pre-college players.

Adopt recommended rule changes made by the National Association of Basketball Coaches that increase interaction between college coaches and recruits.

Add five public members with full voting privileges to the NCAA Board of Governors, currently comprised of 16 university presidents.

ESPN 680’s Jason Anderson stopped by Sports Night on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the recommendations from the Commission:

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