The Commission on College Basketball, led by Condoleezza Rice, released an in-depth 60-page report detailing the sweeping reforms it thinks is necessary to get illegal and unethical activity under control.
The committee was formed seven months ago after the FBI announced the initial findings of a federal corruption investigation. Ten individuals were arrested in relation to the scandal including some collegiate basketball assistant coaches and some Adidas officials. Dozens of high profile basketball programs were named in the report.
Their report called the environment “a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat,” and put responsibility on the university presidents for the current mess.
The commission came up with multiple recommendations on how to stop the current bad faith practices. They believe that the one-and-done rule needs to be changed. Currently any basketball player needs to be at least 19 years old and must be a full year removed from high school to be eligible for the NBA Draft. The 12-member committee believes that this rule should be removed and suggested that players should be allowed to test the draft and if not drafted, remain eligible to return or begin college basketball.
A commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for sweeping reforms in college basketball, including banning cheating coaches for life. https://t.co/2NHJVGtRFh
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Another major point made by Rice and the commission was stricter punishments for coaches who violate NCAA rules. Recently teams and coaches who have been caught allegedly breaking the rules have received suspensions or even postseason bans. But, the commission calls for lifetime bans for those who violate these rules. Furthermore, they also believe that coaches and college administrators should be contractually obligated to follow the rules.
The report also detailed the committee’s belief that high school basketball players and college players should be allowed to sign with a certified agent.
Lastly, the report explained the need for greater transparency in “non-scholastic” basketball events and programs, like AAU as well as in apparel companies like Nike and Under Armour.