NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday the formation of the Commission on College Basketball to examine “a system that clearly is not working,” according to the NCAA website.
The commission will be chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and will be comprised of “leaders from higher education, college sports, government and the business world, as well as accomplished former student-athletes.”
Emmert’s announcement said the commission will focus on three distinct areas of reform:
- The commission will examine the relationships between the NCAA and individual schools with outside entities. Those outside entities include apparel companies, “nonscholastic basketball” (better known as AAU leagues), and agents/advisors.
- It will work with the NBA to revisit the “one-and-done” rule, which stipulates that players cannot be drafted by the NBA following their senior year of high school.
- The commission will also evaluate the NCAA’s current method of enforcement and eligibility processes “to promote transparency and accountability.”
These changes come in response to an FBI investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball recruiting, which led to the arrests of 10 individuals, including four college basketball assistant coaches and an adidas executive.
The findings also alleged that Louisville arranged for at least one recruit to receive payment from adidas in return for a commitment to the school. As a result, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been “effectively fired” and athletics director Tom Jurich placed on administrative leave.
Emmert’s statement said the FBI investigation “made it very clear the NCAA needs to make substantive changes to the way we operate, and do so quickly.”
“We must take decisive action,” Emmert wrote. “This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change.”
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