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

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2017

Emmert stated that the new commission would be chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who will "work with me in examining critical aspects of a system that clearly is not working".

The first covers the relationship between the NCAA, member institutions, student-athletes, and coaches with various outside agencies such as apparel companies, AAU leagues, and agents or advisors.

On Sept. 26, 10 people, including four assistant basketball coaches, were charged with bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest service fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and Travel Act conspiracy.

According to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, who also now serves as the president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the well-known list of names that makes up the committee will help provide strong leadership throughout college basketball in the immediate future.

Person and Richardson have been suspended by their respective schools, and Evans was sacked from Oklahoma State.

In order to achieve the Commission's stated goal of doing right by student-athletes, it's necessary to give those athletes a voice in the room otherwise the system is created to maintain the paternalism of the status quo in which the sport's power brokers dictate what's best for the powerless. "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". He said the committee will also examine the effects of the so-called "one and done" rule that prompts players on a pro track to play in college for one season, as well as college basketball's broad relationship with the NBA. We must take decisive action. "This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change", NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

Emmert will serve on the 14-person commission, and among others, will be joined by former Duke star (and current CBS broadcaster) Grant Hill; former National Basketball Association star David Robinson; former college coaches Mike Montgomery and John Thompson III; former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley; and current Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. The commission will be asked to evaluate whether the appropriate degree of authority is vested in the current enforcement and eligibility processes, and whether the collaborative model provides the investigative tools, cultural incentives and structures to ensure exploitation and corruption can not hide in college sports.

The commission will begin its work in November and deliver its recommendations on legislative, policy and structural changes by April.

Ultimately, the goal of the newly formed body is to "identify bold legislative, policy and structural modifications to improve the integrity of our processes and the well-being of our student-athletes".

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