NCAA announces formation of Commission on College Basketball to address sport’s problems

Just a couple weeks after the FBI rocked college basketball with arrests and investigations into money corruption in the sport, the NCAA has begun to take steps to address and ultimately try to solve the problems facing its college basketball model.

According to an NCAA announcement on Wednesday afternoon, the organization has formed the Commission on College Basketball, which will scrutinize the current college basketball landscape and focus on “examining critical aspects of a system that clearly is not working.”

“The recent news of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball made it very clear the NCAA needs to make substantive changes to the way we operate, and do so quickly,” Mark Emmert, NCAA President, said in a statement in the release. “Individuals who break the trust on which college sports is based have no place here. While I believe the vast majority of coaches follow the rules, the culture of silence in college basketball enables bad actors, and we need them out of the game. We must take decisive action. This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change.”

The commission, which will begin meeting in November and present recommendations for legislation and other changes in April, will focus on three things, according to the release.

  1. “The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities — including apparel companies and other commercial entities, nonscholastic basketball, and agents and advisors.”
  2. “The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA, and the challenging effect the NBA’s so-called “one and done” rule has had on college basketball, including how the NCAA can change its own eligibility rules to address that dynamic.”
  3. “Creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”

The 14-member commission will include Emmert and be chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State and former Provost of Stanford University. Former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will serve as the SEC representation on the commission.

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