Pac-12 taskforce: End of one-and-done, more access to agents

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

According to ESPN, the National Basketball Association is already preparing to get involved with elite high school players 13 years after the league ruled that a player had to be 19 or a year removed from his high school graduation in order to be drafted. "If they go to college, they're there for three years and they can be re-drafted".

The problem for the NCAA, however, is its lack of leverage for this rule change to happen. The other recommendation is create educational programs for recruits and their families to get clarification on recruiting rules.

"We think there are some very positive analogs out there". "Why not? What's the harm? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids".

The Pac-12 report, endorsed unanimously by the presidents and chancellors of the conference's members, also recommended removing summer basketball programs from the purview of the apparel giants, three of whom - Nike, Adidas and Under Armour - now administer vast leagues that are ground zero for college recruiting, even as those companies also funnel billions of dollars in gear and cash to the college programs they sponsor. Major League Baseball's rule where young phenoms can do just that.

The recommendations were contained in a 50-page report available at Pac-12.com/taskforce and approved unanimously by Pac-12 presidents and chancellors on Saturday.

The Pac-12 includes two prime examples of the power that apparel companies can exert in college sports.

"It's our sense that that would be an important step in terms of having more clarity of objective and mission so that those young men that really (are) exclusively focused on wanting to get paid to play basketball, they can go do that and they have more better options quicker without having to come through the collegiate system", Scott said last week at the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament in Las Vegas.

"College basketball is really a fantastic sport". Golden State general manager Bob Myers and former executive vice president/head of basketball for the NCAA Tom Jernstedt were among the members, as was former college and NBA coach Mike Montgomery, who is also on the NCAA Commission.

The Pac-12 taskforce also recommended the creation of an independent enforcement unit to investigate some cases of major NCAA rules violations. It suggested that the investigative, adjudicative and punitive roles be separated.

Scott said the recommendations are created to be taken comprehensively and is hopeful everything will be adopted.

The recommended reforms "will help preserve the integrity of collegiate basketball and provide the choice, education and protection that our student-athletes deserve", Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.

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